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Feb. 20, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – – The No. 15 Ohio State men’s tennis team (4-5 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) wrapped up play Sunday at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago. The Buckeyes, the No. 13 seed of the 16-team tournament, made their first appearance in the National Team Indoor Championship since 1977, and went 1-2 in tournament play. Ohio State fell to No. 4 Georgia in first round action, picked up a 4-1 win over No. 13 Kentucky in the consolation quarterfinal round and suffered a 4-1 loss to No. 11 Louisiana State in the match that decided 9th place.

In the consolation quarterfinal round, the Buckeyes downed the Wildcats as the squad captured the doubles point on the Nos. 1 and 3 courts and swept Kentucky at the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles positions. Sophomore Chris Klingemann (Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) and junior Ross Wilson (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales) added two points in singles action for Ohio State while Dennis Mertens (Jr., Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) clinched the match win for the Buckeyes at the No. 5 spot.

In the battle for a 9th place finish at the National Team Indoor Championship, Ohio State was unable to capitalize over No. 10 seed Louisiana State. Buckeye Klingemann captured the lone point for OSU as he defeated No. 87 Jason Hazley, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 3 singles spot. LSU clinched the match win on the No. 5 court as Danny Bryan defeated Mertens, 7-6 (7), 6-4.

The Buckeyes are back in action Friday as they play host to Virginia Commonwealth at 5 p.m. at the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center in Columbus. Ohio State hits the road Feb. 27 as they travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama.

No. 13 seed Ohio State 4 No. 12 seed Kentucky 1

Singles- 1. #3 Jesse Witten (UK) def. #40 Devin Mullings (OSU) 6-1, 6-1 2. #67 Joey Atas (OSU) vs. Matt Emery (UK) DNF 3. #124 Chris Klingemann (OSU) def. #108 Tigran Martirosyan (UK) 6-3, 7-6 (5) 4. Ross Wilson (OSU) def. Alex Hume (UK) 6-4, 6-3 5. Dennis Mertens (OSU) def. Nolan Polley (UK) 7-6 (4), 6-4 6. Scott Green (OSU) vs. Carey Rubin (UK) DNF Order of finish: 1, 4, 3, 5

Doubles- 1. #1 Green/Wilson (OSU) def. Witten/Martirosyan (UK) 9-8 (4) 2. Mertens/Mullings (OSU) vs. Emery/Hume (UK) DNF 3. Atas/ Drew Eberly (OSU) def. Emge/Polley (UK) 8-5 Order of finish: 3, 1

No. 10 seed Louisiana State 4 No. 13 seed Ohio State 1

Singles- 1. #12 Ken Skupski (LSU) def. #40 Devin Mullings (OSU) 6-2, 6-3 2. Mark Growcott (LSU) def. #67 Joey Atas (OSU) 6-3, 6-4 3. #124 Chris Klingemann (OSU) def. #87 Jason Hazley (LSU) 6-4, 6-4 4. Ross Wilson (OSU) vs. Peter Richman (LSU) DNF 5. Danny Bryan (LSU) def. Dennis Mertens (OSU) 7-6 (7), 6-4 6. Scott Green (OSU) vs. Paul White (LSU) DNF Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 5

Doubles- 1. #13 Skupski/Growcott (LSU) def. #1 Green/Wilson (OSU) 8-4 2. #34 Hazley/Bryan (LSU) def. Mullings/Mertens (OSU) 8-4 3. Atas/Drew Eberly (OSU) vs. Richman/White (LSU) DNF