April 26, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State men’s tennis team heads off to Bloomington, Ind., fired up to compete in the Big Ten Championships, April 27-30. The Buckeyes tied Michigan and Purdue for the No. 4 spot in the regular-season Big Ten standings with a 6-4 league record. Big Ten tie-breaking rules placed OSU in the No. 6-seed position for the tournament. Ohio State will open with Penn State Thursday.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association committee ranked Ohio State No. 39 this week. The Buckeyes’ overall record is 12-9, 6-4 in the Big Ten.
The duo of Andrew Carlson and Chris Porter moved up two spots to be tied at No. 32.
OSU Sweeps Spartans, 7-0
The last time Ohio State defeated the Spartans was six years ago during the 1993-94 campaign. The Buckeyes swept doubles and singles last Sunday in Columbus.
Most notably, Vince Ng snapped a five-match losing streak with a win over Francisco Trinidad, 7-6(5), 6-1. Metz continued on a four-match winning streak.
Michigan defeated the Buckeyes 4-3 win at Ohio State April 22. The Buckeyes won the doubles point.
Chris Porter and Phil Metz provided wins for Ohio State in singles. Porter defeated John Long, 6-2, 6-4. Metz defeated the co-athlete of the week in the Big Ten, Henry Beam, 7-5, 6-0. Buckeye Bob Wellstein served for the match and team win at 5-3 in the third set in singles when the teams were tied at 3-3. Wellstein lost his serve to Zachary Held and eventually the match, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Big Ten Standings Big Ten Overall 1. Illinois (8) 10-0 19-3 2. Minnesota (24) 9-1 20-5 3. Indiana (28) 7-3 15-5 4. Michigan (22) 6-4 14-5 Ohio State (37) 6-4 12-9 Purdue (38) 6-4 10-10 7. Northwestern (63) 4-6 10-10 8. Wisconsin (70) 3-7 8-12 9. Michigan State 2-8 7-19 10.Penn State 1-9 11-11 Iowa 1-9 5-15
Head Coach Ty Tucker
In Ty Tucker’s first season as head coach, Ohio State is 12-9, 6-4 in the Big Ten heading into the Big Ten Championships. Tucker’s 1999-00 Buckeyes entered this season with a team ranked No. 58. The team has yet to fall below that point. Ohio State has maintained a standing in the Top 50 for seven-consecutive weeks.
By the Numbers
The 1999-00 squad has won 66 singles matches and have lost 59. The doubles team is 40-21. The Buckeyes have won the doubles point 14 out of 19 matches. The six conference victories are the most since a 6-4 campaign in 1994-95 and matches the previous four years in total Big Ten wins (6).
On the Double
The No. 34 duo of Andrew Carlson and Chris Porter first entered the college tennis scene by winning the prestigious Penn Invitational (9/25/99). The most recent notable win was over No. 15 Jeff Laski and Jamal Parker of Illinois (4/9/00).
Derek DeFalco and Bob Wellstein have teamed this year to produce a 7-2 record in the Big Ten and 23-7 overall mark in the No. 3 doubles position.
Can you say upset?
The No. 39 Ohio State men’s tennis team upset No. 33 Purdue April 16, 4-3. The win against No. 51 South Alabama (6-1, 1/22/00) was the first time in almost four years Ohio State defeated a nationally-ranked team in the Top 55.
Team Ranking in 1999-00
The team has not been ranked this high (39th) 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.
OSU making it Big
The win this season against Penn State (4-3, 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.
Eye of the Tiger
Chris Porter has been busy lately. Porter leads the Big Ten in singles wins with 34 wins and 13 losses, 8-2 in the Big Ten. Last year Porter’s record was 20-20, 0-10 in the Big Ten. Porter has even surpassed his career totals of 21-10, 5-16 in the Big Ten from the previous two years.
Metz’s winning Streak
Freshman Phil Metz has won the last four matches played. Metz defeated Ian Arons, IU (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) April 15. The next day Metz won against Purdue’s Andrew Wakefield (7-5, 6-1). The next weekend Metz took out the co-athlete of the week in the Big Ten Henry Beam (MI), 7-5, 6-0. In the match against MSU Metz defeated Ivica Primorac, 6-2, 6-4. Metz’s record is 25-11, 7-3 in the Big Ten.
Ng Snaps Losing Streak
Vince Ng snapped a five-match losing streak April 16 with a win over Francisco Trinidad (MSU), 7-6(5), 6-0.
Andrew Carlson has come a long way from last season’s performance, although he was considered by the coach to be the one bright spot of the 1998-99 season. Carlson’s record is 20-16 overall, 3-6 in the Big Ten compared to last year’s 14-17 overall, 5-6 in the Big Ten.
Scouting Penn State
Penn State is tied for No. 10 in the Big Ten with an overall record of 5-15, 1-9 in the Big Ten. On April 23 Michigan defeated Penn State, 6-1. The only Lions’ victory came from Jamie Gresh over Henry Beam, 6-2, 7-6.