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Oct. 24, 2002

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Columbus, Ohio— The Ohio State men’s tennis team travels to Madison, Wis., for the ITA Regional Tournament Thursday-Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin.

BUCKEYES SET FOR TOURNEY ACTION
OSU junior Jeremy Wurtzman will begin play Saturday in the main draw of the ITA Regional Tournament. Wurtzman is ranked No. 21 in the nation, automatically advancing him into the main draw. Along with Wurtzman Buckeye senior, Vince Ng, qualified for the main draw and will begin play Saturday as well. Junior Brenton Contini will begin his tourney action Thursday in the qualifying round of the event. Contini and Wurtzman pair up in the doubles main draw beginning Saturday.

COACH ANTICIPATES PROMINENT SEASON
The 2002-03 season will mark Ty Tucker’s fourth year as the men’s tennis head coach. As a tough season with at least eight matches against Top 25 opponents, Tucker expects his team to be ready to compete.

“Our schedule is one of the strongest since I have been here, “Tucker said. “We are going to have to improve every month, every week and every day. Come Jan. 15 when the (spring) season gets underway, we hope to be right in the mix.”

OHIO STATE ALUM JOINS STAFF
Marc Wurtzman, a 1998 graduate of The Ohio State University, is in his first year as the OSU men’s tennis assistant coach. For the past two seasons, Wurtzman held the position of assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. Wurtzman is happy to be back at his alma mater and plans on building his resume at Ohio State. “I have high goals and came here to better my career,” Wurtzman said. “The main reason I came here is for a chance at a Big Ten title. The team and the coaching staff really get the job done here.”

Tucker believes that Wurtzman will be an asset this season, especially when Big Ten play begins.

RANKED AMONG NATION’S BEST
In the ITA Division I preseason national rankings, junior Jeremy Wurtzman is No. 21 in singles. Senior Phil Metz, is ranked at the No. 29 singles position. Metz is taking the fall season off playing in national tennis tournaments and will return to the team in January. The duo of Wurtzman and junior Conor Casey are tied at the No. 51 position in doubles.

RECAP OF ITA ALL-AMERICAN TOURNEY
The men’s tennis team traveled to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the ITA All-American Championship Oct. 4-13. Two Buckeyes advanced to the main draw of the event.

Buckeye junior, Jeremy Wurtzman automatically advanced to the main draw as the No. 14 seed. He played his way to the Final 16 and finished with a record of 2-1 following a 7-5, 6-3 loss against Big Ten foe, Phil Stolt of Illinois.

Ohio State senior Vince Ng rallied his way to the main draw with six victories in preliminary action. His winning streak ended in the first round of the main draw as he fell to Baylor’s Matias Marin, 6-1, 6-1.

OSU junior Brenton Contini lost in the second round of the preliminary event to Mississippi’s Patrick Chucri, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4. Sophomore Kevin McLean lost to Dino Mancarella of UAB, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round and freshman Scott Green lost to Oregon’s Sven Swinnen, 6-2, 6-4.

In the second round of the doubles draw, the Buckeye duo of McLean and Ng lost to Roger Gubser and Drew Hoskins of Texas, 8-2. Contini and Green lost, 8-1, in the first round of the doubles draw to the Florida duo of Janne Holmia and Trey Johnson.

METZ TAKES FALL OFF
Phil Metz, a senior on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, has taken the fall quarter off. Metz is currently competing in national professional tennis tournaments as an amateur and is expected to return to Ohio State when January play begins winter quarter.

The professional tennis league is comprised of four levels beginning with satellites and futures, continuing up to challengers and ATP tennis (televised professional matches). Metz is contending as an amateur in the futures level, matched against and defeating world-ranked tennis players.

In September, Metz competed in California, and defeated a native of Ohio world-ranked in the 400’s. Metz will face Nenad Toroman of Russia in the first round today, in Arlington, Texas. He will be traveling to southern California in November to play two or three more matches.

NG SELECTED AS 2002-03 CAPTAIN
Buckeye senior Vince Ng has been selected captain for the 2002-03 season.

Tucker said Ng is the hardest working student-athlete at Ohio State.

“Vince leads by example,” Tucker said. “He is on the Presidential Scholarship, he is an Academic All-American and he is on pace to set the record for career singles wins at Ohio State. How could I not select him as captain?”