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April 18, 2000

%^$Head Coach Ty Tucker
%^$In Ty Tucker’s first season as head coach he is 11-8, 5-3 in the Big Ten heading into the last home matches of the year with rivals No. 26 Michigan on Saturday and Michigan State on Sunday. The 1999-00 squad has already surpassed last year’s total wins in singles and doubles.%^$

%^$1999-00 singles (58-55) doubles (35/20) won doubles point 14 out of 19%^$

%^$1998-99 singles (53/90) doubles (19/52) lost doubles point 19 out of 24%^$

%^$The 1999-00 team (5 wins) also has surpassed the previous three years in total Big Ten wins (2). The five conference victories also are the most since a 4-6 campaign in 1995-96.%^$

%^$ Overall Big Ten%^$1999-00 11/8 5/3%^$1998-99 6/18 0/10%^$1997-98 4/21 0-10%^$1996-97 9/15 2/8%^$1995-96 13/13 4/6%^$%^$The No. 34 duo of Andrew Carlson (Jr., Gambrills, Md./Arundel) and Chris Porter (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Jackson) first entered the college tennis scene by winning the prestigious Penn Invitational (9/25/99). The most recent big win was over No. 15 Laski/Parker of Illinois.%^$

%^$The No. 39 Ohio State men’s tennis team upset No. 33 Purdue on Sunday, 4-3. Derek DeFalco (Jr., Maumee, Ohio/Maumee) and Bob Wellstein have teamed this year to produce a 7-1 record in the Big Ten and 22-6 overall in the No. 3 doubles position.%^$

%^$The team has not been ranked this high since May 3, 1995 (39). Prior to this season the last time Ohio State men’s tennis was ranked was the final ranking of 1995 at No. 46.%^$

%^$The win this season against Penn State (4-3) on 2/26/00 represented the first win in the Big Ten since the 1996-97 season. The last time Ohio State defeated Penn State was March 2, 1996.%^$

%^$The win against No. 51 South Alabama (6-1) on 1/22/00 was the first time in almost four years Ohio State had defeated a nationally-ranked team in the Top 55.