Kyle Kauffung reports:
Mason’s girls tennis team (12-0) is No. 2 in Division I in the first Ohio Tennis Coaches Association poll while Indian Hill is No. 3 in Division II.
“This is, as far as I know, the highest Mason has been ranked in the state,” Mason coach Mike Reid said.
However, Reid thinks it is a little early to be feeling comfortable about being ranked so high.
“We’ve got some tough matches left to play. I think our team is pretty good but we haven’t squared off against the top teams in the state. So, I’m a little uncomfortable with it. We will find out on Wednesday when we play Ursuline. After that match, I will have a little bit of a better idea of what kind of team we’ll have.”
Despite being a little uncomfortable with the high ranking, Reid thinks he has good team due to the addition of three “strong” freshman as well as returning four seniors in the starting lineup.
Senior Lynn Kelly is playing at two singles this season and “is playing great tennis and gives great effort every time she hits the court.” Senior Nina Cepeda is playing one doubles with her freshman sister, Isabel, and “make a really strong No. 1 doubles team.” Radhika Pandit and Haley Hopkins are seniors and played one doubles last year but are playing two doubles this year.
It is Reid’s third season coaching the Comets.
1. New Albany – Total Points: 96 (7)
2. Mason – Total Points: 80 (3)
3. Upper Arlington – Total Points: 74 (1)
4. North Canton Hoover – Total Points: 69
5. Ursuline – Total Points: 64
6. Sycamore – Total Points: 49
7. Pickerington Central – Total Points: 48
8. Dublin Coffman – Total Points: 29
9. Rocky River Magnificat – Total Points:25
10. Columbus Bishop Watterson – Total Points:22
Indian Hill is No. 3, which is where they ended last season, according to coach Gary Samuels. He is proud to be ranked No. 3 and likes the makeup of his young team.
“We have four of our top five back from last year, including our top three singles players, who are all sophomores, and all four first and second doubles players are juniors. It’s a good team and they have a lot of experience and a lot of depth. I kept 11 players on varsity because there are just so many good tennis players at Indian Hill.”
Sophomore Meredith Breda was a district qualifier as a freshmen and has played No. 1 singles since her first match as a freshman. Breda is currently 7-2.
Sophomore Maren McKenna returns as the No. 2 singles player and is 6-3.
Sophomore Caroline Andersen is the No. 3 singles player and has won her first 27 consecutive regular season singles matches since entering Indian Hill High School according to Samuels.
First doubles is anchored by juniors Alex Skidmore and Abigail Singer and are currently 8-1.
“I think they are potentially the best doubles team of the year in Division II,” Samuels said.
1. Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown – TotalPoints: 69 (6)
2. Lexington – Total Points: 52 (1)
3. Indian Hill – Total Points:50
4. Gahanna Columbus Academy – Total Points:44
5. Gates Mills Hawken – Total Points: 42
6. Pepper Pike Orange – Total Points: 30
7. Clyde – Total Points: 21
8. Cincinnati Hills Christian – TotalPoints: 19
9. Columbus School for Girls – TotalPoints: 18
10. Dayton Oakwood – Total Points: 15
10. Cincinnati Seven Hills – Total Points:15
10. Shaker Heights Laurel – Total Points:15
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