The redesigned OCC girls tennis tournaments, originally scheduled for Sept. 21, have been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 28.
The eighth-place match will be played Wednesday, Sept. 25 and the fifth-place matches were contested last Saturday. Thomas took first in the fifth-place pod with 17 points, followed by Bradley (14), Lancaster (13) and Kilbourne (6).
This year, the first place teams in each of the four divisions will play one another to determine the overall league champion. The four second place teams also will compete against one another, and so on.
ThisWeek sportswriter Dave Purpura broke down the new format last week.
Dan Witteman, who is in his 28th season as Grove City's coach, has been part of an exploratory committee researching the feasibility and benefits of a new tournament format the past few years. He believes pitting teams of similar talent against one another adds intrigue.
"If it's a league tournament like before and you've finished sixth, seventh or eighth in your division, you'll go to the tournaments and just play those same teams again. You wonder, what's the point? Why again?" said Witteman, who also serves as manager of the Division I girls district tournament. "I really think this is going to be a more meaningful experience for all players and teams. Your sixth, seventh and eighth (-place) teams have something to play for."
Division standings were determined solely by seven league matches. In the past, teams also played a divisional tournament to determine the champion.
Play is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 for the following:
(at Pickerington Central)
Dublin Jerome, New Albany, Pickerington Central and Upper Arlington
Dublin Coffman, Dublin Scioto, Gahanna and Olentangy Orange
Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty, Reynoldsburg and Westerville Central
(at Hilliard Darby)
Big Walnut, Hilliard Darby, Hilliard Davidson and Pickerington North
Canal Winchester, Delaware, Marysville and Newark
(at Grove City)
Grove City, Mount Vernon, Westland and Westerville South
These matches will be played Wednesday, Sept. 25:
(at Central Crossing)
Central Crossing, Franklin Heights, Groveport and Westerville North
These matches have already been completed:
(at Hilliard Bradley)
Thomas (17 points), Bradley (14), Lancaster (13) and Kilbourne (6).