April 13, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 19 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Indiana, 6-1, Saturday afternoon at Jesse West Owens Recreation Center. The Buckeyes (18-2 overall, 7-0 Big Ten) earned their 15th-consecutive victory this season, just one short of the all-time program record of 16, set last season. The loss drops the Hoosiers to 6-13 overall and 0-7 in the Big Ten. OSU tied the all-time program record of 14-consecutive home wins set in the 1982-83 season.
“We had a good, solid performance today,” Ty Tucker, OSU head coach, said. “We won the doubles point and it carried over into the singles matches.”
The Buckeyes earned the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matches. Conor Casey (So., Ontario, Canada/Mississippi) and Jeremy Wurtzman (So., Rochester, N.Y./Florida) defeated Milan Rakvica and Rahman Smiley, 8-4. Brenton Contini (So., Dover, Ohio/Dover) and Phil Metz (Jr., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) crushed Jullien Strand and Ari Widlansky, 8-2, at the No. 3 position. Adrian Bohane (So., West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes) and Paul Warkentin (Fr., Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos) were unable to defeat Indiana’s duo of Zach Held and Ryan Recht losing, 8-6.
“I played a tough match today against a tough player,” Wurtzman said. “I am playing really well this season and I hope to keep it going.”
OSU kept up the pace in the singles matches. No. 27 Wurtzman topped Rakvica, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 1 position. Casey pulled off a victory against Held, 7-6, 7-6. No. 25 Metz defeated Smiley, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 2 position. Warkentin crushed Widlansky, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 6 position. Vince Ng (Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/University School) defeated Rom Bagnato, 6-2, 6-2. No. 111 Bohane could not pull off a victory against Jakub Praibis falling, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
The Buckeyes will play their final regular season home match against No. 40 Purdue at noon Sunday at Stickney Tennis Center, weather permitting. OSU then goes on the road to play its last regular-season matches against No. 39 Northwestern at 1 p.m. April 20 and No. 2 Illinois at 1 p.m. April 21.
#14 Ohio State 6 Indiana 1
No. 1 #27 Jeremy Wurtzman (OSU) def. Milan Rakvica (IU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 #25 Phil Metz (OSU) def. Rahman Smiley (IU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 Jakub Praibis (IU) def. #111 Adrian Bohane (OSU) 3-6, 7-5 (ret.)
No. 4 Conor Casey (OSU) def. Zach Held (IU) 7-6, 7-6
No. 5 Vince Ng (OSU) def. Tom Bagnato (IU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 Paul Warkentin (OSU) def. Ari Widlansky (IU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 Casey/Wurtzman (OSU) def. Rakvica/Smiley (IU) 8-4
No. 2 Held/Ryan Recht (IU) def. Bohane/Warkentin (OSU) 8-6
No. 3 Brenton Contini/Metz (OSU) def. Jullien Strand/Widlansky (IU) 8-2