Oct. 8, 1999
Tidbits on the Louisville Invite
The Louisville Invitational begins Friday at 9 a.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in Louisville, Ky., and runs throughout the weekend. Twenty schools will be represented by individuals at the tournament.
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 on an interim basis 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, Metz Fall at ITA Clay Courts
Competing at one of the premier collegiate tournaments in the country, the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships, Chris Porter and Phil Metz saw some of the nation’s best players competiting across the net from them. Metz, in his first collegiate competition, fell in two sets, 6-2, 6-2, to Mississippi’s Alexander Hartman in the first round of singles competition. Metz and Porter combined to play doubles the following day, but fell 8-3 to Mississippi’s Frederick Mellin and Martin Selin in the first round. Porter returned two days later and competed in the singles main draw, where he dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision to Mississippi’s Alexander Hartman, the same player who downed Metz in the first round of singles. Porter returned in the consolation bracket, but lost a hard-fought 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 match to Virgina’s Huntley Montgomery.
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.
Ohio State’s roster will take on a distinctively new look this year, as the Buckeyes welcome in two transfers and three freshmen. The two transfers come in after gaining a wealth of experience at their respective schools, while the four freshmen bring glowing high school resumes. OSU will need each individual to step up, as the Buckeyes look to improve on the 6-18 overall record from last year.
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.
Ohio State lost just one player to graduation – Ben Basil. The former Buckeye consistently was OSU’s No. 5 singles player, accumulating a 15-15 record while leading the team in dual match singles (13) and doubles wins (nine). He ended his career with 65 singles wins, which ties him for 13th on OSU’s all-time singles list. Basil also notched 55 career doubles wins, which is 12th in Ohio State history.