May 16, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State men’s tennis team upset No. 15 North Carolina, 4-3, in a dramatic finish Sunday in second round action at the 2004 NCAA Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 25-4 overall and will make their second-consecutive NCAA Round of 16 appearance as they face Virginia (24-3 overall) Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. Last season, Ohio State defeated Kentucky, 4-3, to advance to the Sweet 16. The Tar Heels closed the season with a 23-5 record.
Ohio State fell behind 1-0 in the doubles portion as the Tar Heels took the point at the No. 2 spot. The 25th-ranked pair of Joey Atas (Fr., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Jeremy Wurtzman (Sr., Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse Academy/Florida) fell to the Carolina tandem of No. 13 Geoff Boyd and Nicholas Monroe, 8-4, at the No. 1 position. The Buckeyes tied the doubles portion at the No. 3 spot as Brenton Contini (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) and Dennis Mertens (So., Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) knocked off Jonathan Janda and Raian Luchici, 8-3. The OSU sophomore duo of Scott Green (So., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) and Ross Wilson (So., Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales) were unable to secure the point as they fell, 8-6, to Andy Metzler and Brad Pomeroy.
In singles action, Devin Mullings (Fr., Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) put Ohio State’s first point on the board as he took straight sets from Luchici, winning 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 4 spot. The Tar Heels came within one point of the match victory as they defeated the Buckeyes on courts Nos. 2 and 5. OSU’s Atas fell to Metzler in straight sets after he was up 6-3 in the first. While Wilson suffered losses after a 6-4 win in the first set.
The Buckeyes retaliated at the Nos. 1, 3, and 6 positions for the match win. Wurtzman, the third-ranked singles player in the nation, topped No. 32 Monroe, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 1 court. Mertens pulled through three sets as he knocked off Boyd, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
With the match knotted at 3-all, freshman Buckeye Chris Klingemann (Fr., Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) secured OSU’s trip to Tulsa as he defeated UNC’s Derek Porter, 6-0, 7-5, at the No. 3 slot.
No. 17 Ohio State – 4 No. 15 North Carolina – 3
Singles- 1. #3 Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) def. #32 Nicholas Monroe (UNC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 2. Andy Metzler (UNC) def. Joey Atas (OSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 3. Chris Klingemann (OSU) def. Derek Porter (UNC) 6-0, 7-5 4. Devin Mullings (OSU) def. Raian Luchici (UNC) 6-1, 6-2 5. Brad Pomeroy (UNC) def. Ross Wilson (OSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 6. Dennis Mertens (OSU) def. Geoff Boyd (UNC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Order of finish: 4, 2, 5, 1, 6, 3
Doubles- 1. #13 Boyd/Monroe (UNC) def. #25 Joey Atas/Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) 8-4 2. Metzler/Pomeroy (UNC) def. Scott Green/Ross Wilson (OSU) 8-6 3. Brenton Contini/Dennis Mertens (OSU) def. Jonathan Janda/Luchici (UNC) 8-3 Order of finish: 1, 3, 2