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May 12, 2001%^$

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State men’s tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-3 win over Virginia Commonwealth Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.%^$

%^$Ohio State, playing in just its second NCAA Tournament, will face Tennessee at 1 p.m. Sunday for a chance to advance to Stone Mountain, Ga., as one of the final 16 teams in the tournament. The Buckeyes (25-3) enter the match with the Volunteers ranked No. 21. Tennessee (19-5) is ranked No. 6 and advanced with a 4-0 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes started slow against VCU down a team point after losing two of the three doubles matches to the Rams, who finished as the national runner up in the 2000 NCAA Tournament to Stanford.%^$

%^$Chris Porter (Sr., Canton, Ohio) and Phillip Metz (So., Mentor, Ohio) paired to win the only doubles match for OSU, an 8-1 decision at No. 3 over the duo of Fernando Sanchez and Mats Norin. Jonathon Scale (So., Acworth, Ga.) and Andrew Carlson (Sr., Gambrills, Md.) fell at No. 1, 8-4, to the No. 7-ranked tandem in the nation and NCAA qualifiers Franky Moser and Florian Marquardt. Seniors Derek DeFalco (Maumee, Ohio) and Bob Wellstein (Perrysburg, Ohio) lost a tough 9-8(4) decision at No. 2.%^$

%^$In singles, OSU sophomore Vincent Ng (Broadview Heights, Ohio), who won the deciding match in two OSU victories at the Big Ten Tournament, including a title match clincher against Illinois, did it again Saturday against VCU. Ng, OSU’s No. 6 singles player, won 6-3, 6-3 over VCU’s Mattais Hoglund in a match that started outdoors but was moved indoors because of rain. Ng clinched an OSU win in the first round of the NCAA tournament a year ago in a 4-3 upset of No. 21 Boise State.%^$

%^$Metz, an NCAA singles qualifier and playing at the No. 1 position, defeated VCU’s Moser, 6-4, 7-6(3). Porter, playing No. 2, went three sets before falling in his match to Marquardt, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0.%^$

%^$OSU freshman Adrian Bohane (West Palm Beach, Fla.) won at the No. 3 spot over Sanchez, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5). At the No. 4 singles spot, Carlson rebounded from a first set loss to down Daniel Casquero, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.%^$

%^$Wellstein lost a three-set battle with VCU’s Norin at the No. 5 spot (1-6, 6-3, 4-6) to put the Rams even at three points apiece. Ng then came in and sealed the deal for the Buckeyes.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes won for just the second time (2-8) in the series with VCU. OSU is 0-6 all-time vs. Tennessee, a leading contender for the NCAA Championship.%^$

%^$Quoting Ohio State Head Coach Ty Tucker:%^$

%^$”This was a really tough match,” Tucker said. “We barely lost the doubles point in a tiebreak, but we got it done in the end. We have 25 wins, so we are a pretty good team. I am looking forward to taking on Tennessee. Tennessee would be hard to beat anywhere you play them but we get them in Knoxville, so it will be really tough. Tennessee is a favorite to win the NCAA title, so if we are able to win tomorrow it will show how good we have become as a team.”%^$

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%^$No. 21 OSU 4 (25-3)%^$No. 44 VCU 3 (17-11)%^$

%^$Singles:%^$1) #36 Phillip Metz (OSU) def. #76 Frank Moser (VCU) 6-4, 7-6(3)%^$2) #63 Florian Marquardt (VCU) def. Chris Porter (OSU) 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0%^$3) Adrian Bohane (OSU) def. Fernando Sanchez (VCU) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5)%^$4) Andrew Carlson (OSU) def. Daniel Casquero (VCU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4%^$5) Mats Norin (VCU) def. Bob Wellstein (OSU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4%^$6) Vincent Ng (OSU) def. Mattias Hoglund (VCU) 6-3, 6-3%^$

%^$Doubles:%^$1) #7 Moser/Marquardt (VCU) def. Jonathon Scale /Carlson (OSU) 8-4%^$2) Casquero/Hoglund (VCU) def. Wellstein/ Derek DeFalco (OSU) 9-8(4)%^$3) Porter/Metz (OSU) def. Sanchez/Norin (VCU) 8-1