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Oct. 21, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State men’s tennis team competes in fall tournament action this weekend at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The singles qualifying round will open play Thursday, followed by singles and main draw action Friday and Saturday. The doubles championship match will take place Monday while singles finalists vie for the title Tuesday.

BUCKEYES IN ACTION
The ITA Midwest Regional Championship will feature a 64-player qualifying round and a 64-player main draw competition in singles. The doubles bracket consists of a 64-team main draw. Freshmen Buckeyes Drew Eberly and Dominic Ozanne will open play in the qualifying singles bracket Thursday. Eberly is positioned as the No. 11 seed in the qualifying round. The rest of the Ohio State squad is slotted in the main draw with three sophomores seeded.

Chris Klingemann holds the No. 10 spot in the singles main draw followed by Joey Atas at No. 11 and Devin Mullings at No. 13.The doubles pair of Atas and Klingemann are the No. 2 seed in doubles while the tandem of Eberly and junior Ross Wilson are the No. 16 seed. For most up-to-date tournament information, visit www.mgoblue.com.

Midwest Regional Schedule

Thursday-
Singles Qualifying Round

Dominic Ozanne (OSU) vs. Chaitu Malempati (Iowa)
Drew Eberly (OSU) vs. Troy Delmege (Marquette)

Friday-
Doubles Main Draw

Mullings/Ozanne (OSU) vs. Geatz/Lipinski (Minn.)
Green/Mertens (OSU) vs. Dabir/Davis (Ill.)
Eberly/Wilson (OSU) vs. Buchanan/Roth (Notre Dame)
Atas/Klingemann (OSU vs. Friesen/Gali (N. Ill.)

Saturday-
Singles Main Draw

Dennis Mertens (OSU) vs. Qualifier
Ross Wilson (OSU) vs. Qualifier
Joey Atas (OSU) vs. Nick Rinks (Mich. St.)
Devin Mullings (OSU) vs. Brady Crosby (W. Mich.)
Chris Klingemann (OSU) vs. Mark Henderson (DePaul)
Scott Green (OSU) vs. DJ Geatz (Minn.)

LAST YEAR
Former Buckeye and All-American Jeremy Wurtzman claimed the singles crown at the 2003 ITA Midwest Regional Championships. Wurtzman the No. 1 seed of the tournament, defeated Michael Calkins, the No. 2 seed, 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3, in the final round. With the win, Wurtzman became the first Buckeye in program history to capture the Midwest Regional title.

DOUBLES PERFECT IN MICHIGAN
The men’s tennis squad competed last weekend at the Hidden Duals in Ann Arbor, Mich. The three-day event consisted of a “hidden dual” match format where teams squared off against each other but the outcome of the match will not be scored as a team effort. However, each match will count toward the individual players’ records and rankings. In singles the Ohio State team combined for a perfect 5-0 record in doubles and split singles with a 12-6 mark.

DUO TEAM CLAIMS TITLE
Juniors Scott Green and Ross Wilson captured the doubles title Oct. 10 at the ITA All-American Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn. With the crown, the pair became the first OSU doubles team to claim a national tournament title in program history. Green and Wilson defeated New Mexico’s David Kowalski and Ryan Stotland, 9-7, in the final championship match.

Green and Wilson went 5-0 in tournament play after receiving a bid to the main draw of doubles competition at the ITA All-American Championship. The OSU tandem was placed into the main draw by virtue of winning the doubles title at the ITA National Summer Championship in August. Green and Wilson were unseeded but registered four Top-25 victories en route to the title. They are only the second Big Ten duo to win the ITA All-American doubles title, joining 2002 champions Michael Calkins and Amer Delic of Illinois.

FRESH FACE
Freshman Drew Eberly, a native of Lake Forest, Ill., kicked off his career as a Buckeye Oct. 1 at the ITA All-American Championships. He went 1-1 in tournament play falling in the pre-qualifying round. Eberly led Lake Forest High School to the 2003 state title and was named first team all-state. He is ranked in the national Top 75 in the under 18 division and was ranked as high as No. 5 in the Midwest. Eberly made a Round of 16 appearance at the 2002 National Clay Court Championship and saw action in the Round of 32 at the boy’s Under-16 national hard court championships.

SOPHOMORES RANKED IN TOP 125
Sophomore Buckeyes Chris Klingemann, Joey Atas and Devin Mullings are ranked in the Top 125 of the ITA Division I preseason rankings. Klingemann is positioned at No. 90, Atas holds the No. 97 spot and Mullings is ranked No. 116. The next national rankings will be posted Jan. 11 and are the final preseason polls. The next regional rankings will be posted Nov. 30 on www.itatennis.com.

DOUBLES RANKED Nos. 34, 36
Juniors Scott Green and Ross Wilson are currently ranked No. 34 in the ITA Division I doubles polls. The OSU sophomore tandem of Joey Atas and Chris Klingemann are positioned at the No. 36 slot.

KEY RETURNEES
Returning for Ohio State this season are juniors Scott Green, Dennis Mertens and Ross Wilson, sophomores Joey Atas, Chris Klingemann and Devin Mullings. Coming off a redshirt season during his freshman campaign is Dominic Ozanne.

Green started 29-of-31 matches in doubles and was 18-11 in duals competition. He had 12 wins at the No. 2 position with partner Wilson. The pair was ranked as high as No. 19 in the ITA doubles polls Jan. 24 and finished the season ranked No. 7 in the Midwest Region IV rankings.

Mertens compiled his best season yet with a 32-9 overall singles record and had a 23-6 singles mark in duals action at the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 positions. He tied at the No. 11 spot in program history for season singles wins with 32 and went 9-2 against conference opponents in singles.

Atas was named Big Ten freshman of the year, the first in Ohio State program history and was honored as the Midwest Region IV rookie of the year. He was ranked No. 50 in the ITA Division I Singles polls Feb. 24 and finished the season ranked No. 15 in the Midwest Region IV singles polls.

Klingemann started at the No. 3 singles position in 19 matches for the Buckeyes and was 13-6 at the No. 3 singles spot. He compiled a 15-9 overall singles mark and went 7-4 against Big Ten opponents.

Mullings started at the No. 4 singles spot for the Buckeyes and was 24-5 in season singles. He had a 19-5 mark at the No. 4 spot and was undefeated at the Nos. 2 and 3 singles positions with five wins combined. Mullings was 10-2 against Big Ten opponents.

RECAP OF THE 2004 SEASON
Ty Tucker, Ohio State head coach, guided his 2004 Buckeye squad to its finest campaign in program history in 2004. Ohio State, 26-5 overall and 11-2 in Big Ten play, finished the regular season second in conference action and suffered its only conference losses to No. 1-ranked Illinois. At the 2004 Big Ten Championship, OSU fell to the Illini in the championship match to close tournament league play with a second place finish. Tucker is 108-32 overall and 49-13 vs. Big Ten competition during his five-year tenure with the Buckeyes.

Tucker was named the Midwest Region IV Coach of the Year, former Buckeye standout Jeremy Wurtzman took home the title of co-ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year and Joey Atas was named the Midwest Region IV Rookie of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Wurtzman, a three-time All-Big Ten selection, was named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America Team, the first All-American in Buckeye history since Tucker in 1991.

UP NEXT
The Buckeye squad is back on the courts in fall tournament play Nov. 4-7 at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Last season at the National Indoors, former Buckeye and All-American Jeremy Wurtzman took home the crown after he defeated the No. 2 player in the country. Wurtzman became the first singles player in OSU program history to win a national title. The title propelled him to his No. 1 ranking in the ITA Division I singles polls.