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2017 OHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament Coverage

State Tournament Brackets

Division I Recap

Gota earns third singles state title for Hunting Valley University School, Cole and Zelezny capture Upper Arlington’s 18th doubles state championship
MASON, Ohio — Hunting Valley University School senior Paul Gota scored a 7-5, 7-5 victory in the Division I singles state final and Upper Arlington junior Josh Cole and senior Jack Zelezny earned the Golden Bears’ 18th OHSAA boys tennis doubles state crown by way of a 6-4, 6-2 win in the Division I doubles state final at the 2017 OHSAA boys tennis state tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Gota’s victory earned University School its third singles state championship and its first since 1997. Finishing as state runner-up in the Division I singles state tournament was Solon senior Vlad Rotnov, whose second-place finish marked the highest finish for Solon in a singles state tournament since 1991. Hilliard Bradley senior Mitchell Thai took third place by way of a default by injury, and New Albany sophomore Robert Cash earned fourth place honors.
Upper Arlington’s Cole and Zelezny notched the 18th doubles state title for Upper Arlington, most all-time. Cincinnati Sycamore senior Noah Stern and junior Nathan Zhang finished as state runner-up pair, marking the second-straight doubles state runner-up finish for Sycamore. University School seniors Drew Krantz and Tyler Krantz earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over New Albany senior Graeme Green and sophomore Nathan Jose to claim Division I doubles third place honors. Jose helped New Albany to a third-place doubles finish in 2016, marking his second top four finish at the state tournament.

Division II Recap

Cincinnati Seven Hills claims first singles state title, Nalagatla and Baker notch fourth-straight doubles state crown for Cincinnati Country Day
MASON, Ohio — Cincinnati Seven Hills senior Nicholas Williams earned the first singles state championship for Seven Hills in a 6-4, 6-3 victory in the Division II singles state final, while Cincinnati Country Day seniors Vishaal Nalagatla and Justin Baker earned the fourth-straight Division II doubles state crown for Country Day by way of a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 win in the Division II doubles state final at the 2017 OHSAA boys tennis state tournament.
Williams notched two-set victories in all of his state tournament matches and earned a victory over defending Division II singles state champion, Cincinnati Country Day senior Kevin Yu, in the state final. Yu finished as state runner-up after two set victories on day one of the state tournament and a hard-fought, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 victory in the state semifinals over Cincinnati Indian Hill junior Andrew Pregel. Lodi Cloverleaf senior Austin Hanna earned third place honors by way of default, the highest finish for a Cloverleaf boys tennis state qualifier in school history. Pregel earned fourth-place honors to notch the highest finish for an Indian Hills boys tennis state tournament qualifier since 2008.
Cincinnati Country Day’s Nalagtla and Baker earned the seventh doubles state title for Country Day, tied for second-most all-time with Bexley. With the win, Nalagatla became just the third OHSAA boys tennis state tournament qualifier to win three doubles state championships all-time, doing so with three different partners. Gahanna Columbus Academy seniors Austin Lawrence and Eric Min earned Division II doubles state runner-up honors, marking the third doubles state runner-up finish for Columbus Academy in the past four years. Gates Mills Hawken seniors Michael Lee and Josef Horwath defeated Bexley sophomore Leo Schottenstein and junior Mark Nudelman in the consolation match by a final tally of 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 to take Division II doubles third place honors. Schottenstein and Nudelman recorded the highest doubles finish at the boys tennis state tournament for Bexley since 1996.

State Tournament Information

  • Friday Coaches Meeting: 8 a.m. in the interview room, third floor of the Lindner Family Tennis Center located at 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, OH 45040. 
  • Thursday Practice Availability: 1 p.m. - Dusk
  • Times and Format:
    • Friday, May 26: Play begins at 9 a.m. with all 16 Div. I & II singles matches, followed by Div. I doubles teams and Div. II doubles teams. 
    • Saturday, May 27: Play begins at 9 a.m. with semifinal matches, followed by state finals matches. 
  • Indoor Facilities in case of inclement weather on Friday:
    • Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 11790 Snider Rd., Cincinnati 45249 | Directions
    • The Club at Harper's Point, 8675 E. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati 45249 | Directions
  • Indoor Facilities in Case of Inclement Weather on Saturday:
    • Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 11790 Snider Rd., Cincinnati 45249 | Directions
  • Tickets: 
    • $8 per person/per day.
    • Cash Only! Plan accordingly.