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May 12, 2001

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.”

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