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Feb. 22, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16 Ohio State men’s tennis team shut out No. 57 Virginia Tech, 7-0, Sunday in Blacksburg, Va. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 8-2 overall (0-0 in Big Ten play) and picked up their fifth shut out of the season. The Hokies evened their season record to 4-4.

Ohio State gained momentum early in the match as they clinched the doubles point and swept Virginia Tech at all three positions. The Buckeye pair of Brenton Contini (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) and Dennis Mertens (So., Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) wrapped up first after taking an 8-5 match over Akil Burgess and Reaves Robinette. Contini is ranked in the Top 10 in all-time career singles wins at Ohio State with 66 victories.

The sophomore duo of Scott Green (So., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) and Ross Wilson (So., Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales), ranked No. 38 in the country, clinched the lone doubles point for the Buckeyes. Green and Wilson, 7-2 in season duals, defeated Virginia Tech’s Arvid Puranen and Soren Spanner, 8-3, at the No. 2 spot. Ohio State’s 21st-ranked pair of Jeremy Wurtzman (Sr., Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse Academy/Florida) and Joey Atas (Fr., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) closed out the doubles portion with an 8-2 victory over Angel Diankov and Morten Schultz. Wurtzman and Atas are undefeated with four wins while playing the No. 1 position for Ohio State.

In singles action, the Buckeyes swept the Hokies on all six courts. Wilson put Ohio State’s second point on the board after he took a 6-3, 6-4 win over Robinette. Wilson improved his singles record to 5-2 in dual match play. Wurtzman, ranked No. 1 in the country, picked up his second singles victory over the weekend. He defeated Virginia Tech’s Arvid Puranen, 6-4, 6-1. Wurtzman is 9-1 in season duals while playing all 10 matches at the No. 1 spot for the Buckeyes.

Freshman Devin Mullings (Fr., Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prep) clinched the Buckeye victory at the No. 4 position. Mullings defeated Schultz 6-2, 6-2 and tallied his seventh win in season duals.

Next up, Ohio State travels to face No. 49 Notre Dame at 1 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.

No. 16 Ohio State – 7, No. 57 Virginia Tech – 0

Singles-
1) No. 1 Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) def. Arvid Puranen (VT), 6-4, 6-1
2) Joey Atas (OSU) def. Soren Spanner (VT), 7-6, 7-5
3) Chris Klingemann (OSU) def. Angel Diankov (VT), 7-5, 6-4
4) Devin Mullings (OSU) def. Morten Schultz (VT), 6-2, 6-2
5) Dennis Mertens (OSU) def. Akil Burgess (VT), 7-5, 6-3
6) Ross Wilson (OSU) def. Reaves Robinette (VT), 6-3, 6-4

Doubles-
1) No. 21 Wurtzman/Atas (OSU) def. Diankov/Schultz (VT), 8-2
2) No. 38 Wilson/Scott Green (OSU) def. Puranen/Spanner (VT), 8-3
3) Mertens/Brenton Contini (OSU) def. Burgess/Robinette (VT), 8-5