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April 10, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio-The No. 44-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team lost to Illinois, 6-1, at the Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign, Ill. on Sunday. The Buckeyes fall to 10-7, 4-2 in the Big Ten and Illinois moves to 16-3, 7-0 in the Big Ten.%^$

%^$Ohio State secured the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. OSU’s No. 35-ranked duo of Chris Porter (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Jackson) and Andrew Carlson (Jr., Gambrills, Md./Arundel) upset No. 15 Jeff Laski and Jamal Parker, 8-2. Buckeyes Derek DeFalco (Jr., Maumee, Ohio/Maumee) and Bob Wellstein (Jr., Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) defeated Matt Synder and Mike Kosta, 9-7, to capture the doubles point.%^$

%^$In singles, Ohio State’s Carlson and Phil Metz (Fr., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) competed in tough three-set matches before losing. The Buckeyes are back on the road next weekend playing Indiana on April 15 and Purdue the following day.%^$

%^$Illinois 6, Ohio State 1
%^$April 9, 2000
%^$Atkins Tennis Center, Champaign, Ill.

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%^$Doubles
%^$No. 35 Carlson/Porter, OSU def. No. 15 Laski/Parker, Ill.
%^$8-2
%^$No. 40 Franklin/Oliver, Ill. def. Jon Scale/B.J. Scale, OSU
%^$8-3
%^$DeFalco/Wellstein, OSU def. Matt Synder/Kosta, Ill.
%^$9-7
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%^$Singles
%^$Cary Franklin, Ill. def. Chris Porter, OSU
%^$6-0, 6-1
%^$Jeff Laski, Ill. def. Andrew Carlson, OSU
%^$6-1, 4-6, 7-6(8)
%^$Graydon Oliver, Ill. def. Phil Metz, OSU
%^$4-6, 6-4, 6-4
%^$Mike Kosta, Ill. def. Vince Ng, OSU
%^$6-3, 6-2
%^$Royce Ramey, Ill. def. Derek DeFalco, OSU
%^$6-3, 6-4
%^$Nathan Zeder, Ill. def. Bob Wellstein, OSU
%^$6-0, 6-1