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April 17, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 30 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 75T Michigan State, 7-0, in its home finale Sunday at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 16-6 overall and 7-1 in Big Ten play, while the Spartans fell to 12-10 overall, 4-4 in the conference. Ohio State finished its home schedule undefeated in back-to-back seasons with 25 wins and recorded its 28th-consecutive victory in Columbus.

The shutout over the Spartans was the Buckeyes’ seventh of the season. The squad shutout Butler (Jan. 28), Xavier (Jan. 28), Virginia Commonwealth (Feb. 25), Coastal Carolina (March 21), Iowa (March 26) and Purdue (April 2) in 2005 action. In his six-year tenure at Ohio State, head coach Ty Tucker has accumulated 46 shutouts, including 14 in 2004, 10 in 2003, seven in 2002, nine in 2001 and three in 2000.

In doubles action, the Buckeyes tallied the lone point with wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots. The OSU tandem of Joey Atas (So., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Drew Eberly (Fr., Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) finished first for Ohio State with an 8-2 win over Anthony Stefani and Cameron Marshall on the No. 3 court. Buckeye sophomores Chris Klingemann (Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) and Devin Mullings (Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) clinched the doubles point at No. 2 after an 8-2 decision against Spartans Brian Compton and Adam Monich. The doubles portion wrapped up as Michigan State’s Andrew Formanczyk and Nick Rinks pulled a 9-7 upset over juniors Scott Green (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) and Ross Wilson (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales), who are ranked No. 1 in the ITA doubles poll.

Ohio State swept through singles competition with straight set wins on five-of-six courts. Sophomore Klingemann clinched the match for the Buckeyes after a 6-3, 6-2 performance over Marshall at No. 2. At the No. 5 position, junior Dennis Mertens (Braaschaatt, Belgium/Koninkiljk) defeated Michigan State’s Joseph McWilliams, 6-0, in the first set before he fell, 6-4, in the second. With all five singles matches complete, the third set was played as a tie-break in which Mertens won, 10-6.

Next up, Ohio State travels April 22-24 to face Wisconsin and Northwestern in its final regular season matches. The Buckeyes will take on the Badgers in Madison, Wis., and the Wildcats in Chicago, Ill., before the Big Ten Championship April 28-May 1 in Champaign, Ill. Last season, the OSU squad finished second behind Illinois in league play and placed second at the Big Ten tournament after a 4-1 loss to the Illini in the championship match.

No. 30 Ohio State 7 No. 75T Michigan State 0

Singles 1. #52 Devin Mullings (OSU) def. Andrew Formanczyk (MSU) 6-4, 6-2 2. Chris Klingemann (OSU) def. Cameron Marshall (MSU) 6-3, 6-2 3. #53 Joey Atas (OSU) def. Nick Rinks (MSU) 6-3, 6-3 4. Scott Green (OSU) def. Adam Monich (MSU) 6-1, 6-2 5. Dennis Mertens (OSU) def. Joseph McWilliams (MSU) 6-0, 4-6, 10-6 6. Ross Wilson (OSU) def. Brian Compton (MSU) 6-1, 6-2 Order of finish: 4, 6, 2, 1, 3, 5

Doubles 1. Formanczyk/Rinks (MSU) def. #1 Green/Wilson (OSU) 9-7 2. Klingemann/Mullings (OSU) def. Compton/Monich (MSU) 8-2 3. Atas/Drew Eberly (OSU) def. Marshall/Anthony Stefani (MSU) 8-2 Order of finish: 3, 2, 1