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Oct. 20, 1999

Double Dip for Buckeyes

The Ohio State men’s tennis team returns to the court this weekend, traveling to the Rocket Indoor Tournament and Penn Invitational. The Rocket Indoor runs Oct. 22-24, while the Penn Invite is scheduled for Oct. 23-25.

Tidbits on the Rocket Indoor

The Rocket Indoor Tournament begins Friday at Toledo’s Laurel Hill Tennis Club, featuring players from Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Xavier and Toledo. The tourney marks a homecoming of sorts for three Buckeyes who are natives of Northwest Ohio – Derek DeFalco (Maumee H.S.), Bob Wellstein (Perrysburg H.S.) and Matt Wooster (Huron H.S.). OSU also will send Paul Mazak, Phil Metz, Vince Ng and Jon Scale to the competition. Friday and Saturday’s competition opens at noon, while Sunday’s matches begin at 9 a.m.

Info on the Penn Invitational

The Penn Invitational begins Saturday in Philadelphia. Several of the top tennis programs will be represented at the three-day tournament. Ohio State will send Chris Porter and Andrew Carlson to the tournament.

Buckeyes Sweep Robert Morris

Ohio State had a banner day last Thursday against Robert Morris, sweeping the Colonials at the Stickney Tennis Center. No team scoring was kept, but the matches counted to each player’s individual records. Andrew Carlson led the Buckeyes with two singles wins and a doubles triumph. Paul Mazak notched two singles wins, while Matt Wooster, in his first competition as a Buckeye, earned a win in singles and doubles.

OSU Competes at Louisville

Ohio State sent three individuals to the Louisville Invitational Oct. 8-10. Jon Scale led the Buckeyes, posting a 6-3, 6-4 win in Flight A singles over Austin Peay’s Dominic Hall in the second round. He advanced to the second round after receiving a first-round bye. Scale fell in the third round to fourth-seeded Richard Magney of Memphis, 6-2, 6-2. Paul Mazak earned a win in Flight B singles, notching a 6-2, 7-6 triumph in the first round over Xavier’s Kyle Bates. Mazak fell in his second round match to Toledo’s Dipesh Rao, the eventual Flight B champion. Mazak teamed with Scale in Flight B doubles, but the duo fell 9-8 in the second round to Wright State’s Chad Derry and Joey Turner. Derek DeFalco competed as the No. 3 seed in Flight A singles, but dropped a 7-5, 6-4 contest to Toledo’s Jorge Morales in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. DeFalco also teamed with Xavier’s Christian Lovelace in Flight B doubles, but the duo dropped a second-round contest to Indianapolis’ Curt Baumgartner and David Litman, 8-5.

Bucks Shine at Navy Invite

Ohio State wrapped up a successful weekend at the Navy Invitational last week, winning 25 of its 36 matches over the three-day round robin tournament. Chris Porter, ranked 60th in the country in the preseason ITA rankings, led the Buckeyes with six total wins – three each in singles and doubles. Porter joined forces with Andrew Carlson to win all three No. 2 doubles matches. OSU also received fine performances from Derek DeFalco and Bob Wellstein. Both swept their singles matches, and the two combined to win all three of their matches at No. 3 doubles. The Navy Invitational also marked the debut of two of the newest Buckeyes – freshmen Vince Ng and Jon Scale. Scale and Ng recorded 2-1 records in singles, while Ng teamed with fellow freshman Phil Metz to go 2-1 in doubles.

Tucker Takes Over

Ty Tucker, Ohio State’s assistant coach for the past two seasons, has taken over as the OSU head coach after the resignation of long-time head coach John Daly was announced this fall. A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Tucker was a two-time All-American at Ohio State and was a key member of OSU’s 1991 Big Ten Championship team. Tucker ranks 15th on the OSU career singles list with a record of 64-22 and 16th on the single season list with 25 wins in 1991. After his days at Ohio State, Tucker turned professional in 1992 and achieved a world ranking in the top 300 while also ranking No. 35 in the United States in 1994.

Porter Dents ITA Rankings

After inching as high as 70th last year in the ITA national rankings, Chris Porter opens the 1999-00 campaign as the 60th-ranked player in the ITA preseason rankings. Porter, who finished the 1998-99 season as the 96th-ranked player, garnered 240 total votes.

A New Wave of Buckeyes

Ohio State has brought in one of his strongest recruiting classes in recent years, luring several top prospects to Columbus this season. The class is headlined by freshman Phillip Metz, who was the Ohio high school state champion last year. Metz was ranked No. 22 in the latest USTA Boys’ 18 national rankings with a 28-6 record. He also posted a No. 1 ranking in the Midwest Boys’ 18 singles rankings with a 30-2 overall record this year. OSU also welcomes in Vincent Ng – the 1997 Ohio state champion – from Univeristy High School near Cleveland. A presidential scholar, Ng brings a No. 78 USTA ranking in the the boys’ 18 national rankings with him to OSU. The Buckeyes also bring in freshman Jonathon Scale from Actworth, Ga., who possesses a wealth of athleticism, earning all-state honors in basketball and all-county laurels in tennis. Transfer B.J. Munroe of Miami (O.) enters the fold for the Buckeyes this year, coming to OSU after the RedHawks’ program folded. Munroe was a three-year member of the Bahamas’ Davis Cup squad and finished third nationally in the decathalon in 1996. Matt Wooster rounds out OSU’s incoming class after transferring from Western Michigan. He was ranked No. 22 by the Western Tennis Association in 1998.