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Oct. 14, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State men’s tennis team competes in fall tournament action this weekend in split-squad fashion. Sophomore Buckeyes Chris Klingemann and Devin Mullings will compete in the United States Tennis Association Futures Tournament Friday-Monday in Arlington, Texas. The rest of the OSU squad will compete at the Hidden Duals Friday-Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Marc Wurtzman, men’s tennis assistant coach, will accompany the duo to Arlington, while head coach Ty Tucker travels with the Buckeyes to Ann Arbor.

TOURNAMENT BREAKDOWN
The Hidden Duals will be based on a “hidden dual-match” format, where teams square 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. Michigan plays host to five schools including, Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.

The USTA Futures Tournament will feature a 64-player qualifying round and a 32-player main draw. It is the 29th of 32 pro-amateur competitions of the 2004 schedule since January.

Hidden Dual Schedule

Friday-
Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin, 9 a.m. (singles)
Notre Dame vs. Michigan State, 11:30 a.m. (doubles)
Ohio State vs. Western Michigan, 11:30 a.m. (doubles)
Ohio State vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. (singles)
Michigan vs. Western Michigan, 3:30 p.m. (doubles)
Michigan State vs. Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. (doubles)

Saturday-
Michigan State vs. Wisconsin, 9 a.m. (singles)
Ohio State vs. Western Michigan, 11:30 a.m. (singles)
Ohio State vs. Michigan, 2 p.m. (doubles)
Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m. (doubles)
Notre Dame vs. Michigan State, 3:30 p.m. (singles)
Michigan vs. Western Michigan, 5:30 p.m. (singles)
Sunday-
Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin, 9 a.m. (singles)
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, 11:30 a.m. (singles)
Michigan vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m. (singles)

DOUBLES 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 Oct. 21-25 at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. Last season, former Buckeye and All-American Jeremy Wurtzman won the Midwest Regional singles title.