Saturday, November 17, 2018

18s Adv National Finalists

Congratulations to the 18s Adv RCC team, who reached the Finals of the National Junior Team Tennis Championships last weekend at the USTA National Campus in Florida.  They were defeated in the Finals by Austin Tennis Academy.  This is the 3rd RCC team who has finished 2nd at Nationals, and is the best result by an 18s Advanced team.  The team coached by Zack Schwenning was made up of Sam Routzahn, Paige Kompa, Alex Heiden, Griffin Biernat, Zoey Weil and Maddie Atway.

The girls were undefeated in play going into the finals.  Paige was playing at JTT Nationals for the 6th time, and also has made 3 trips to WTT Junior Nationals.  In the 1st match, Alex Heiden came back from 2-7 in the 3rd set breaker to win 11-9.  Griffin came back from down a set in a heated singles match to win 10-2 in the breaker. 

 Girls doubles dominated in the finals, but the team was outplayed by perennial power ATA. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

18s Int JTT Nationals

Congratulations to the 18s Int RCC Midwest Championship team who competed last weekend at the Junior Team Tennis Nationals in Orlando at the USTA National Campus.  The team was made up of Ella Hazelbaker, Nick Geelan, Wendy Shi, Noah Mizer, Will Newberry, Evelyn Holman, Jack Rardon and Stanley Cao.

The team was in a really close flight, finishing one game out of 2nd place.  They defeated Southwest, and lost to Missouri Valley and Middle States. 
They finished the tournament with 2 wins over Southern and Carribean to finish 13th.  Ella Hazelbaker finished undefeated for the weekend. 

Here is some footage from after the last match versus Puerto Rico.

RCC Green Ball Single Day Showdown

Last weekend, there was a 10s Single Day Showdown at the Racquet Club.  Congratulations to Karan Shankar for winning the Boys 10s.  There were lots of close matches in the tournament.
Congratulations to Sammie Mercer and Audrey Lu, the champion and finalist of the Girls 10s.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

JTT Nationals

RCC sent 2 teams to compete at the Junior Team Tennis Nationals in Florida at the USTA National Campus this weekend.  The 18s Adv and the 18s Int teams were Midwest Champions and will play tomorrow at the National Championships. 

The 18s Adv team, which finished 5th at Nationals last year, is made up of Alex Heiden, Sam Routzahn, Griffin Biernat, Paige Kompa, Maddie Atway, and Zoey Weil, and was coached by Zack Schwenning.  Also on the team during the season were Arya Dudipala, Lalasa Nagireddy, Colten Clark, Josh Cole, Robert Cash and Elliot Jones.

The 18s Int Team, which won the Midwest Championships back to back years, is made up of Jack Rardon, Nick Geelan, Will Newberry, Stanley Cao, Wendy Shi, Evelyn Holman, Noah Mizer and Ella Hazelbaker.  Neha Dudipala and Adam Sorrels were also on the team during the season.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

OHSAA Girls State Tournament

Congratulations to the qualifiers for the State Tournament this weekend in Mason.  The tournament runs Friday and Saturday. 
Division I Singles
Lalasa Nagireddy (Dublin Coffman)

Division I Doubles
Maddie Atway / Daneille Schoenly (Olentangy Liberty)

Wendy Shi / Evelyn Holman (Upper Arlington)

Division II Doubles
Lauren Motta / Carmen Merkel (Columbus Academy)

State Tournament Information
Division I Singles 
Divions I Doubles
Divions II Singles
Divions II Doubles

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

RCC Single Day Showdown

There was a Single Day Showdown a few weeks ago at the Racquet Club.  Congratulations to the following:
B 12s Europe Champion: Karan Shanker
B 12s Europe Finalist: Jackson Lloyd
B 12s U.S.A. Champion: Shailen Patel
B 12s U.S.A. Finalist: Arnav Joshi
B 14s Finalist: Sanjan Shanker
B 14s Consolation Champion: Nikola Kisin
G14s Champion:  Arya Chabria
G 14s Finalist:  Kate Thompson

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Saturday 10 and Under Youth Progression Tournament

This Saturday the Racquet Club will run a Youth Progression tournament for Boys and Girls 10 and Under divisions.  There is an Orange Ball division and a Green Ball Division.  Matches will start at 4:00 and 6:00.  The deadline to sign up is Wednesday night.
RCC September Youth Progression Single Day Showdown

Friday Night Boys Tournament 16s 18s

This Friday the Racquet Club will host a Boys 16s and Boys 18s single day tournament.  The deadline to register is Wednesday night.  Matches will be from approximately 8:00 - 10:30.
RCC Friday NIght Boys Single Day Showdown

Monday, September 3, 2018

RCC 18s Int Midwest Champions

RCC swept the 18s divisions at the JTT Midwest Championships.  RCC1 won the 18s Int, qualifying for the National Championships in November at the USTA National Campus in Florida. 

The team consisted of Nick Geelan, Jack Rardon, Will Newberry, Neha Dudipala, Ella Hazelbaker, Noah Mizer, Evelyn Holman, Wendy Shi, Stanley Cao and Adam Sorrels. 
They defeated Fast and Furious Forehands from Indiana in the final 35-26.  They had a close match with Team Columbus in their flight, with a clutch win from Jack and Noah in mixed, and went on to beat Paramount to advance to the finals, with big singles wins from Evelyn and Will.

USTA National Clay Court Champion

Congratulations to Robert Cash, for winning the Boys 18s Doubles this summer with J.J. Mercer at the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach.

They had a tough match in the quarterfinals, winning 7-6 6-4 over Hotard / John, and went on to win the tournament without dropping a set.  They defeated Crowder and Frye in the finals 6-3 6-3. 

WTT Junior Nationals

RCC qualified for World Team Tennis Junior Nationals in San Diego for the 3rd year in a row.  The team got 5th place.  The team was made up of Paige Kompa, Josh Cole, Lalassa Nagireddy, Jordan Phelps, Kathleen Jones and Connor Biernat. 

The team lost a tough match to Barnes (who finished 2nd) in their flight.  They bounced back to beat Eastern, and then the Claim Jumpers in their last 2 matches to get 5th place. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

RCC Slammin Summer Series Boys

There was a Boys Compass Draw at the club last weekend.  Congratulations to Reece Page and Nathan Yu for winning the Boys 16s (Croatia Division) and the Boys 18s.
Congrats to Tanish Pairu for reaching the finals of the Boys 16s Brazil Division.

Also, congrats to Jacob Khvalsky for winning the Boys 12s in Tipp City.

Midwest Open Deadline

The Midwest Open takes place July 21st - 23rd.  The deadline to sign up is today July 12th.  This is a Midwest Level 2 tournament, and has National Level 4 Singles Points, and Level 3 Doubles Points.  A lot of draws won't fill, so everyone who applies will get in.

Boys 12s Cincinnati, OH

Boys 14s Elm Grove, WI

Boys 16s Elkhorn, WI

Boys 18s Rockford, IL

Girls 12s Plainfield, IL

Girls 14s Midland, MI

Girls 16s West Lafayette, IN

Girls 18s Columbus, IN

Monday, July 9, 2018

RCC Slammin Summer Series Girls

There was a Girls Compass Draw at the Racquet Club last weekend.  Congratulations to the following:
Girls 14s Champion:  Kate Thompson
Girls 12s West Champion and Finalist:  Athena Mattis / Tyra Butler
Girls 16s Champion and Finalist:  Karol Korotkin / Claire Feit

Monday, June 25, 2018

OVTA 10s Districts

The Racquet Club hosted the 10 and Under OVTA District Championships last weekend.  Sophia Wu won the Singles and Doubles with Ella Tsao in the Girls 10s.  Amy Liu reached the Finals.


Congrats to Henry Lessard and Nikhil Bhimireddy for winning the Boys 10s Doubles.  Henry also won the Singles and Nikhil reached the finals of the Singles.  Shailen and Devan Patel reached the semifinals, and Harrison Lessard won the Consolation in a 17-15 in the 3rd tiebreaker.  

Monday 6/25 8:00 - 10:00 Clinic Outdoors at Upper Arlington HS

Friday, June 22, 2018

Midwest Closed

Congratulations to all the players who qualified to compete at the Midwest Closed this weekend including:
BG 12s 14s Okemos Mi
BG 16s 18s Indianapolis IN

Sanjan Shankar 

Reece Page
Tanish Pairu
Pavan Uppu

Trevor Ball
Reece Page
Griffin Biernat
Alek Jacoby
Sam Routzahn

Stu Brdicka    
Josh Cole
Alex Heiden

Libby Alderman
Arya Chabria

Anh Thi Thai
Nicki Bhimireddy
Karol Korotkin
Ella Franz
Maddie Atway
Arya Dudipala

Caroline Sproule
Lala Nagireddy

Ella Hazelbaker
Evelyn Holman
Paige Kompa
Neha Dudipala

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

OHSAA Boys States Qualifiers

Congrats to all of the players who competed at the OHSAA State Championships this year.

Colten Clark (Lancaster) made his 1st trip to states in D1 Singles.  He faced Grant Wendell from Cincinnati.  Colten, a senior, is playing at Ashland University next year.

All state competitors included Jordan Phelps and Alex Heiden (Olentangy Orange) reached the quarterfinals before falling in 3 sets to a tough team from Sycamore.  Heiden was a 1st time state qualifier.  Jordan, a senior is also going to play at Ashland University.

From Upper Arlington, Josh Cole also was all state, advancing to the quarterfinals with Will Reynolds before falling in a close match to Mason.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

OVTA District Tournament

The Ohio Valley District Championships are coming June 9th - 12th.  This is the Qualifier for the Midwest Closed, which starts June 23rd.  Last year, none of the draws were full, meaning that everyone who applied got in.  The tournament has singles and doubles.  The deadline to sign up is Sunday June 3rd. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up.   
Last years participants from RCC included:
Boys 12s Singles Champion and Consolation Champion and Finalist
Boys 12s Doubles Semifinalist
Boys 16s Singles Consolation Finalist
Boys 16s Doubles Semifinalists
Boys 18s Singles Champion, 4th Place and Consolation Finalist
Boys 18s Doubles Champion and Finalist
Girls 12s Doubles Semifinalists
Girls 14s Doubles Champion
Girls 16s Doubles Semifinalist

Boys 10s Columbus

Boys 12s Cincinnati

Boys 14s Parkersburg 

Boys 16s Huntington

Boys 18s Cincinnati

Girls 10s Columbus

Girls 12s Dayton

Girls 14s Dayton

Girls 16s Columbus

Girls 18s Dayton

Friday, May 25, 2018

OHSAA Boys State Tournament

Congratulations to the Central Ohio Boys State Qualifiers.  The OHSAA State Tournament will take place today and tomorrow at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. 

Robert Cash, and the doubles team of Jack Dabek and Reese Yakubov were Division I District Champions.

Division I Singles
Robert Cash (New Albany)
Stu Brdicka (Olentangy)
Colten Clark (Lancaster)

Division I Doubles
Jack Dabek / Reese Yakubov (St. Charles)
Josh Cole (Upper Arlington)
Jordan Phelps / Alex Heiden (Olentangy Orange)

Both Trevor Ball, and the doubles team of Connor Biernat and Griffin Biernat were Division II District Champions.

Division II Singles
Trevor Ball (Wellington)

Division II Doubles
Connor Biernat / Griffin Biernat (Wellington)

Division I Singles
Division I Doubles
Division II Singles
Division II Doubles

Congratulations to New Albany and Wellington for qualifying for the OTCA State Final Four on this Sunday at Reynoldsburgh High School

Thisweeknews - Wellington Roundup: Tennis team prepares for two state tourneys

Boys Tennis: New Albany beats UA to advance to state

Thisweeknews - Boys Tennis: New Albany’s Cash, St. Charles doubles team win district titles

Thisweeknews - Boys Tennis: New Albany leads area contingent of state qualifiers

Thisweeknews - Orange Roundup: Heiden, Phelps to play doubles at state

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Twos National Level 3 Finalist

Congratulations to Arya Dudipala who reached the finals of the Twos USTA National Level 3 Tournament in Toledo with Nishi Gandra from Cincinnati.  This is a team tournament with each player playing singles and doubles each round.  They went undefeated in doubles.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Junior Team Tennis 2018

The USTA Junior Team Tennis season starts soon.  Teams are being formed now.
The 1st matches are on Friday June 1st.
Matches are on Fridays and generally start between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Matches include boys and girls singles, boys and girls doubles, and mixed doubles.  Players must play in at least 2 local matches to be eligible for the District and Midwest tournament.

Local Matches:  June 1st - July 6th
District Tournament:  July 14th - 15th Park of Roses
Midwest Tournament:  July 28th - 29th Indianapolis

Last summer RCC sent 7 teams to the Midwest Championships and had 3 teams qualify for Nationals.

Email Gabe Higgs by May 17th to sign up.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ashland University Commitments

Congratulations to Stu Brdicka, Jordan Phelps and Colten Clark for signing to play at Ashland University.  Ashland article

Stu is a senior at Olentangy High School.  He has a sister Brianna who plays at Ashland also, and a sister Megan who played at Wright State.  Stu qualified for the State Tournament in doubles as a sophomore and in singles as a junior.  Stu played on the RCC JTT team that got 5th at Nationals last year, and on the WTT team that got 3rd at Nationals last year.  He is also on the WTT team that is going to Nationals this year.

Jordan is a senior at Olentangy Orange High School.  He was a Doubles State Qualifier in 2016 (All State).  He is on the RCC WTT team that is going to Nationals this year.  He was also on multiple RCC JTT teams that went to Nationals including 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014 (final 4).

Colten is a senior at Fairfield Christian Academy in Lancaster.  He was on the WTT that finished 3rd at Nationals last year.  He also was on multiple JTT teams that went to Nationals including 2012, 2013, 2014 (final 4), 2015, 2016 and 2017 (3rd place).

10 and Under Youth Progression

10 and Under Youth Progression

Monday, April 23, 2018

Midwest Level 3 10s

Congratulations to Henry Lessard and Nikhil Bhimireddy for getting hardware at the Midwest Level 3 East Championships (Boys 10s) in Toledo last weekend. 
Henry went 3 sets with the 1 seed and champion, then went on to win the North Consolation Draw.
Nikhil also went 3 and 1 and won the West Consolation Draw.

Friday, March 23, 2018

RCC Single Day Showdown Champions

Congratulations to the following Single Day Showdown champions

RCC Boys 16s - Roshan Sriram

Olympic Boys 10s - Tallis Mahmud

Olympic Girls 14s - Anna Chang

RCC Boys 16s - Trevor Westin

RCC Girls 10s - Spoorthi Saranu

RCC Boys 10s - Michael Wang

RCC Girls 12s - Lydia Foster

RCC Boys 18s - Mihai Crisan / Neil Reddy / Howard Wang