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Feb. 25, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12 Ohio State men’s tennis team, 8-2 overall, travels to face No. 49 Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 in South Bend, Ind. In 2003, the Buckeyes snapped the Fighting Irish’s 14-match win streak in the all-time series between both squads. Ohio State defeated Notre Dame, 6-1.

NOTRE DAME
The No. 43 Notre Dame team, 7-2 overall, has won four-consecutive matches and has defeated two Top 40 teams including No. 37 Northwestern and No. 40 Southern Methodist. Notre Dame has topped four Big Ten teams this season, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Purdue and Indiana. The squad will travel Thursday to face No. 1 Illinois. Notre Dame’s two losses came against Duke and Texas A&M.

The Irish are under the direction of head coach Bob Bayliss, who is in his 17th season at the helm of the Notre Dame program. Bayliss has an all-time career record of 583-236 in 35 years of coaching experience.

Notre Dame is led by seniors Luis Haddock who is 3-4 at the No. 1 singles position, and Matthew Scott, who posts a 3-2 record at No. 2.

THE TUCKER FILE
Ty Tucker, Ohio State head coach, is in his fifth season at the helm of the Buckeye program. Tucker has a career mark of 90-29 and is 37-10 in Big Ten play. He coached Ohio State to one of its best seasons ever in 2003, as the squad went 22-7 overall and 10-2 in conference action. The Buckeyes finished second in the Big Ten regular season standings and third at the tournament. Ohio State received its fourth-consecutive bid to the NCAA Championship where they saw action in the Round of 16. The team finished the season ranked No. 17.

OSU JUMPS FOUR SPOTS
The Buckeyes received the No. 12 position in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I Team rankings released Feb. 24. The squad was ranked No. 16 in the last poll Feb. 10 and held the No. 15 spot in the preseason. WURTZMAN RANKED NO. 2
Buckeye senior Jeremy Wurtzman is ranked No. 2 in the latest Division I singles rankings. Wurtzman is 9-1 in duals action while playing all 10 matches at the No. 1 position. He held the No. 1 spot since the last individual rankings Jan. 13.

DOUBLES TEAMS HOLD NOS. 19, 26
The OSU tandem of sophomores Scott Green and Ross Wilson is ranked No. 19 in the doubles polls released Feb. 24. Green and Wilson, 7-3 in duals this season, defeated Alabama’s No. 13 pair of Chris Gostek and Stephen Mitchell and the No. 17 duo from Clemson, Jarmaine Jenkins and Nathan Thompson.

Jeremy Wurtzman and Joey Atas, 5-1 in season duals, hold the No. 26 spot. Wurtzman and Atas are undefeated with four wins while playing the No. 1 position for the Buckeyes.

ATAS RECEIVES NO. 50 SPOT
Freshman Buckeye Joey Atas received the No. 50 spot in the ITA singles rankings Feb. 24. Atas is 9-1 in duals action this season and has posted seven wins at the No. 2 postion and one each at Nos. 3 and 4. He defeated two top-ranked opponents including No. 27 Vanderbilt’s Matthew Lockin and No. 31 Clemson’s Nathan Thompson. Atas’s first singles loss in duals came against Virginia Commonwealth’s Pedro Nieto Feb. 20.

CONTINI IN TOP 10
Senior co-captain Brenton Contini shares the No. 7 spot in all-time career doubles wins at Ohio State with former Buckeyes All-American Ernie Fernandez (1979-82) and Ulf Harwig (1986-89). Contini has posted a 66-31 doubles mark in four years at Ohio State. Stephen Miguel (1987-90) holds the record at OSU with 85 wins.

FIRST TOP 10 WIN
Ty Tucker and the Buckeye squad claimed their first Top 10 win in five years after a 4-3 upset over No. 8 Vanderbilt Feb. 13 in Columbus, Ohio.

BUCKEYES CLAIM FIFTH SHUTOUT
Ohio State captured its fifth shutout of the season after the squad defeated Virginia Tech Feb. 22. At the start of the 2004 season, the Buckeyes swept their first four opponents including Xavier, Cleveland State, DePaul and Toledo.

BUCKEYES 3-2 AGAINST TOP 25
Ohio State is 3-2 against Top 25 opponents in the 2004 season. The Buckeyes upset No. 8 Vanderbilt, 4-3, and defeated No. 17 Alabama, 6-1, and No. 24 Clemson, 6-1. Their two losses came at No. 21 Georgia, 5-2, and No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth, 5-2.

OSU LEADS IN DOUBLES POINT
The Buckeyes have claimed the lone doubles point in nine-of-10 matches this season. The doubles point is awarded after a team wins two-of-three positions. Ohio State is 8-2 in match victories after capturing the doubles point. Their losses were a 5-2 decision at Georgia and Virginia Commonwealth.

OSU ROLLS OVER CRIMSON TIDE
After coming off a 4-3 upset over No. 8 Vanderbilt, the Buckeyes defeated No. 17 Alabama, 6-1, Feb. 14 in Columbus, Ohio. With two wins over the top-ranked Southeastern Conference foes, Ohio State improved to 7-1 overall.

BUCKEYES EDGE CLEMSON
The Buckeyes defeated 24th-ranked Clemson, 6-1, Feb. 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State took an early lead after claiming the doubles point. The OSU tandem of Scott Green and Ross Wilson defeated the No. 17 doubles pair from Clemson, 8-1, at the No. 1 position. In singles, freshmen Joey Atas, Chris Klingemann and Devin Mullings all pulled through for the Buckeyes at the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 spots after sending each of their matches into three sets.

FOUR CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS
Ohio State captured its fourth-consecutive 7-0 shutout after wins over Toledo and DePaul Jan. 30 in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes defeated Xavier and Cleveland State Jan. 23 in their season openers. The 7-0 victory over DePaul marked the first time in program history the Buckeyes opened the season with four-consecutive shutouts.

TUCKER UNDEFEATED IN OPENERS
Ty Tucker, head coach, has never lost a season opener since his arrival in the 1999-2000 season. The Buckeyes defeated Xavier and Cleveland State by 7-0 shutouts Jan. 23 in Columbus, Ohio.

UP NEXT
Ohio State is back in action in its first Big Ten match of the season March 14. The Buckeyes travel to face Penn State in State College, Pa. Match time is scheduled for noon. Last season, the Buckeyes shut out the Nittany Lions, 7-0.