April 18, 2002
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COLUMBUS, Ohio— The No. 19 Ohio State men’s tennis team (19-2 overall, 8-0 Big Ten) finish the regular-season on the road at No. 42 Northwestern (12-7, 5-3 Big Ten) at noon Saturday in Evanston, Ill., and at No. 3 Illinois (18-4, 8-0 Big Ten) at noon Sunday in Champaign, Ill. OSU is a co-leader in the Big Ten with Illinois and the matches this weekend will determine the Big Ten regular-season champions. The Buckeyes will return home to host the 2002 Big Ten Championships in Columbus April 25-28.
FIRST UNDEFEATED HOME SEASON
The Buckeyes finished their 2001-02 home season undefeated for the first time in the history of the men’s tennis program April 14. The victory over Purdue was OSU’s 15th-consecutive home win, breaking the all-time record of 14-consecutive home wins set in the 1982-83 season.
BUCKEYE WINNING STREAK
OSU earned its 16th-consecutive victory this season against Purdue (April 14). OSU tied the team record of 16-consecutive wins, achieved last season.
HIGHEST RANKING IN HISTORY
The Buckeyes reached No. 12 March 20 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, this was highest ranking in the history of men’s tennis program. Last season the highest ranking OSU reached was No. 16.
2002 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
The Ohio State University will play host to the 2002 Big Ten Tournament at the Stickney Tennis Center April 25-28. The tournament opens with first round matches April 25, quarter final matches April 26, semi final matches April 27, and the championship match April 28. All 11 teams will compete for the chance to earn the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes are the defending tournament champions after defeating Illinois, 4-2, last year at Wisconsin. BUCKEYES IN BIG TEN PLAY
The Buckeyes are 8-0 in the Big Ten Conference so far this season. This weekend they take on two of the top teams in the Big Ten, Northwestern (5-3 Big Ten) and Illinois (8-0 Big Ten). The Buckeyes kicked off the Big Ten season with a victory against Wisconsin, 6-1. Ty Tucker, OSU head coach, has lead the Buckeyes to a 26-7 record in the Big Ten in his three years at the helm. Tucker also led the team to the Big Ten tournament championship in 2001. OSU’s all-time record against opponents in the Big Ten is 263-349-2.
NG REACHED MILSTONE
Vince Ng (Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/University School) reached his 37th victory this year April 14, surpassing his 2000-01 record of 33-11. Ng defeated Purdue’s Troy Haverns (6-2, 6-2) to reach 37 wins and his 20th victory in duals this season. Ng is 37-6 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten. Ng is 20-1 in duals this season, his loss was against Virginia Tech’s Stephanie Rod, 8-5.
METZ RANKED NO. 25
Phil Metz (Jr., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) is 18-8 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten. Metz is OSU’s top rated player at No. 25. He is 8-3 against nationally-ranked opponents with defeats over then No. 16 Mario Toledo and No. 17 Romain Ambert. Last time out, Metz defeated Purdue’s Derek Miller, 6-2, 6-3.
Jeremy Wurtzman (So., Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse Academy (Fla.), currently ranked No. 27, is 30-11 overall and 17-4 in duals. This season Wurtzman has defeated three nationally-ranked opponents: Vanderbilt’s then No. 63 Bobby Reynolds (7-6, 7-6), Alabama’s No. 36 Max Belski (7-6, 6-2), and Louisville’s No. 121 Cody Conley (6-4,6-4). Last weekend, Wurtzman defeated Indiana’s Milan Rakvica, 6-3, 6-3, and Purdue’s Scott Mayer, 7-6, 6-1.
BOHANE-ANOTHER SUPER SOPHOMORE
Adrian Bohane (So., West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes) is ranked No. 111 in singles in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Bohane is 23-13 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten this season. Bohane is 5-4 this year against nationally-ranked opponents in singles. He defeated Alabama’s No. 96 Chris Gostek, 6-4, 6-1, and Indiana State’s No. 113 Lovre Brajkovic, 6-1, 6-2. In the Big Ten, Bohane defeated Wisconsin’s Scott Rutherford (4-6, 6-3, 6-4), Penn State’s Brad Nudell (6-2, 6-4,), and Iowa’s Petar Mandle (6-1, 6-3).
Freshman Paul Warkentin is making an impact for the Buckeyes by winning his last 12 singles matches. He is 24-6 overall and 17-3 in duals this spring. Warkentin scored the game point against Minnesota by defeating Avery Ticer in three sets, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. On the road, Warkentin defeated Penn State’s Josh Rubens, 6-4, 6-4, and Coastal Carolina’s Arnaud Caffin, 7-5, 6-4
NG AND WURTZMAN SET SEASON WINS
Ng moved up in the season singles wins chart. He is tied at third with 37 wins, last season Ng moved to sixth with 33 wins. Wurtzman was recently added in the season singles wins list and is tied at 11th with 30 wins. Last season Wurtzman won 24.
METZ AND NG MOVING UP IN WINS
Ng moved into the top career singles wins chart this season. Ng currently has 88 career wins, last season he ended with 38 wins. Metz currently has 82 career wins in singles. Last season, Metz ended with 64 wins.
CAREER SINGLES WINS 1. Roger Smith 1983-86 126 2. Mike Massie 1983-86 113 3. Ernie Fernandez 1979-82 109 4. Chris Porter 1997-01 106 5. Kevin Dibelius 1987-90 91 6. Chris Gatt 1986-89 89 7. Vince Ng 1999-02 88 8. Doug Bloom 1993-96 87 9. Stephen Miguel 1987-90 84 10. Richard Berry 1984-87 82 Phil Metz 2000-02 82 12. Sam Sebastin 1991-93 78 13. Gabor Koves 1990-93 77 14. Lior Rusinek 1980-83 76 15. Mark Wurtzman 1994-97 68 16. Jason Homorody 1993-96 67 17. Andrew Carlson 1996-01 66 18. Ben Basil 1996-99 65 Ted Glavas 1986-89 65 Jeff Sparr 1982-85 65 21. Ty Tucker 1989-91 64 Scott Weisman 1985-88 64
TUCKER ENTERS THIRD YEAR
Ty Tucker is in his third season as the head coach of the Buckeye tennis program and is coming off a campaign in which the Buckeyes made their second-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, captured the championship of the Big Ten tournament and saw Tucker tabbed as the conference coach of the year. Tucker served as an assistant under John Daly for two years (1997-99) in which the Buckeyes went without a win in conference play. Since taking the reigns at OSU, Tucker’s squads have gone 58-17 overall with a 26-7 mark in the Big Ten.
COACH ACHIEVED MILESTONE
The victory over Penn State March 17 marked the 50th career victory for OSU head coach Ty Tucker. Tucker’s career record is currently 58-17 in his third season.
SCOUTING REPORT: NO. 42 NORTHWESTERN
Northwestern is 12-7 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. Recently, NU defeated Wisconsin, 4-3, and lost to Minnesota, 7-0. Northwestern’s top players include Tommy Hanus who is 20-9 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten and Jamie Sahara who is 21-12 and 6-2 in the Big Ten this season. Head coach Paul Torricelli is in his 19th season with the Wildcats and is NU’s all-time winningest coach (283-195 overall).
BUCKEYES VS. WILDCATS
The match Saturday will be the 75th meeting between the two teams. OSU is at 32-42 vs. Northwestern in the all-time series. The Buckeyes have defeated the Wildcats the past two seasons including in the 2000-01 Big Ten Championships.
SCOUTING REPORT: NO. 3 ILLINIOS
Illinois will be drawing upon their emotional upset last season, when OSU defeated the Illini for the Big Ten championship title. Illinois is currently 18-4 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten. UI and OSU are tied for the lead in the Big Ten this season. The Illini have won their last six matches. Their losses have been to No. Notre Dame, Georgia, and Duke. If UL defeats Penn State and OSU this weekend, the Illini will rein as 2002 regular season Big Ten champions for the sixth-consecutive year.
BUCKEYES VS. FIGHTING ILLINI
Last spring Ohio State halted Illinois’ 57-match winning streak against conference opponents. Before last season the Buckeyes had not defeated the Illini since 1994. In the all-time series OSU is 26-47-1 against UI.
LAST TIME OUT: PURDUE
The Buckeyes defeated No. 40 Purdue with a 6-1 decision last Sunday at Stickney Tennis Center. OSU earned its 16th-consecutive victory this season. For the first time in program history, the Buckeyes went undefeated at home this season. The victory was OSU’s 60th win over Purdue, 60-18 in the all-time series.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Buckeyes return home to host the 2002 Big Ten Championships in Columbus April 25-28 at Stickney Tennis Center, weather permitting.