Olentangy Valley News

Boys Tennis

Area teams preparing for league tournaments

The Olentangy Liberty High School boys tennis team will compete in the OCC-Central Division tournament Saturday, May 11, at Upper Arlington.

Last year in the OCC-Central, UA went 7-0 in league dual matches and concluded the league tournament with 77 points to finish well ahead of runner-up Dublin Coffman (54, 6-1) as well as Hilliard Davidson (44, 5-2), Worthington Kilbourne (34, 4-3), Thomas Worthington (27, 3-4), Hilliard Darby (20, 2-5), Westland (9, 1-6) and Central Crossing (4, 0-7).

Darby and Kilbourne moved to the OCC-Cardinal as part of OCC realignment and were replaced by Liberty and Marysville.

Last season in the OCC-Cardinal, the Patriots finished fourth (49, 4-3) behind Dublin Jerome (86, 7-0), Dublin Scioto (56, 6-1) and Westerville Central (51, 5-2) and ahead of Westerville South (36, 3-4), Westerville North (22, 2-5), Olentangy (14, 1-6) and Marysville (9, 0-7).

In the OCC-Cardinal tournament a year ago, Andrew Topinka and Nick Kouskouris went 2-1 and placed second at second doubles. Kouskouris is not playing for the Patriots this spring.

Braves, Pioneers aim for OCC-Capital title

Olentangy and Orange will compete in the OCC-Capital tournament Saturday, May 11, at Olentangy.

Last season, the Pioneers finished second (45, 5-2) in the OCC-Capital, behind New Albany (77, 7-0) and ahead of Big Walnut (44, 6-1), Delaware (38, 4-2), Hilliard Bradley (25, 2-5), Watkins Memorial (23, 3-4), Mount Vernon (14, 1-6) and Franklin Heights (0, 0-7).

Bradley moved to OCC-Cardinal and was replaced by Olentangy, which finished seventh in the OCC-Cardinal a year ago.

For the Pioneers in the OCC-Capital tournament a year ago, 2012 graduate Doug Ganim (first singles), Tim Hawk (second singles) and Kaleb Kok (third singles) each went 2-1 and placed second.

Leading the Braves in the OCC-Cardinal tournament last year were Kevin Miller, who went 2-1 and placed fifth at third singles, and Arun Esakkirajmohan, who went 1-2 and placed sixth at second singles.

--Aaron Blankenship