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May 23, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State men’s tennis team closed its season with a 4-0 loss to No. 3 seed and nationally-ranked No. 2 Baylor Sunday in quarterfinal action at the 2004 NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla. The Buckeyes finished the season 26-5 overall, 11-2 in Big Ten play and made their first NCAA quarterfinal appearance in program history. Ohio State is now 7-5 in five years of NCAA tournament play and an even 5-5 against Top 25 opponents this season.

Ohio State fell behind 1-0 in the doubles portion as Baylor was able to secure the point at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots. The OSU duo of Brenton Contini (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) and Dennis Mertens (So., Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) fell, 8-5, to Reiner Neurohr and Ivor Lovrak at the No. 3 court. The Bears clinched the doubles point at the No. 1 position as the 25th-ranked pair of Joey Atas (Fr., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Jeremy Wurtzman (Sr., Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse Academy/Florida) dropped an 8-4 decision to Benedikt Dorsch and Matija Zgaga.

In singles action, the Buckeyes were unable to bounce back from the 1-0 deficit as the Bears took wins on courts Nos. 1, 5 and 6. Wurtzman, ranked No. 3 in singles, was paired up with No. 2 Dorsch at the No. 1 position. Wurtzman broke his 11-match win streak as he suffered a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Dorsch. Mertens fell in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to Lovrak and Ross Wilson (So., Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales) followed with a 6-4, 7-5 loss at No. 5.

Next up, Wurtzman and Atas will remain in Tulsa for the 2004 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships May 26-31. Wurtzman was selected as the No. 3 seed in the singles tournament and the tandem of Wurtzman and Atas will represent Ohio State in the doubles portion.

No. 3 Baylor – 4 No. 22 Ohio State – 0

Singles- 1. #2 Benedikt Dorsch (BU) def. #3 Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) 6-3, 6-4 2. Joey Atas (OSU) vs. #15 Benjamin Becker (BU) DNF 3. Chris Klingemann (OSU) vs. #98 Matias Marin (BU) DNF 4. Devin Mullings (OSU) vs. Matija Zgaga (BU) DNF 5. Reiner Neurohr (BU) def. Ross Wilson (OSU) 6-4, 7-5 6. Ivor Lovrak (BU) def. Dennis Mertens (OSU) 6-3, 6-4 Order of finish: 1, 6, 5

Doubles- 1. Dorsch/Zgaga (BU) def. #25 Joey Atas/Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) 8-4 2. Scott Green/Ross Wilson (OSU) vs. Becker/Marin (BU) DNF 3. Neurohr/Lovrak (BU) def. Brenton Contini/Dennis Mertens (OSU) 8-5 Order of finish: 3, 1