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April 7, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team beat Indiana 6-1 in Bloomington, Ind., Friday to improve to 17-1 on the year and 5-0 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes have won five-consecutive Big Ten regular season matches and 11 of the last 12.

Ohio State extended its win streak to six matches against the Hoosiers. The last Indiana victory over Ohio State came in the 1999-00 season. Indiana is now 13-6 on the year and 2-4 in the Big Ten.

OSU started by winning the doubles point, a feat they have done in each of their 18 matches this season. Ohio State seniors Ross Wilson (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales) and Scott Green (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover), the nation’s No. 2-ranked doubles team, defeated Dymtro Ishtuganov and Dara McLoughlin at the No. 1 doubles spot 8-5. Green and Wilson are now 22-2 on the year and 16-1 in dual play. Ohio State clinched the doubles point when juniors Devin Mullings (Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) and Chris Klingemann (Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) beat Peter Antons and David Bubenicek at the No. 2 doubles spot, 8-1.

All three of OSU’s ranked singles players recorded straight set victories. Klingemann (No. 76) won his sixth-consecutive match at the No. 1 singles spot for the Buckeyes to improve his season record to 18-5. Klingemann downed Ishtuganov 6-4, 6-4. Mullings (No. 83) beat David Bubenicek 6-2, 6-3 to improve to 19-9 on the year. No. 49 Bryan Koniecko (Fr. Long Island, N.Y./Syosset) defeated Dara McLoughlin 7-5, 6-1 and is now 17-10 on the season. Senior Dennis Mertens (Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) earned his 20th win of the year when he defeated Michael McCarthy 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 5 singles spot.

Ohio State travels to No. 47 Penn State Sunday. The Buckeyes’ next home match is against Northwestern April 22. All home matches are played at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus.

No. 4 Ohio State 6, No. 66 Indiana 1
Indiana Varsity Tennis Courts

Singles Results
No. 1 – No. 76 Chris Klingemann (OSU/18-5) def. Dymtro Ishtuganov (IU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 – No. 83 Devin Mullings (OSU/19-9) def. David Bubenicek (IU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 – No. 49 Bryan Koniecko (OSU/17-10) def. Dara McLoughlin (IU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 – Neil Kenner (IU), 4-6, 6-2,10-8 def.Ross Wilson (OSU/17-6)
No. 5 – Dennis Mertens (OSU/20-5) def. Michael McCarthy (IU) 6-0, 6-3
No. 6 – Drew Eberly (OSU/9-4) def. Arnaud Roussel (IU) 6-4, 6-4
Finishing Order: 3, 5, 2, 6, 1, 4

Doubles Results
No. 1 – No. 2 Green/Wilson (OSU/22-2) def. Ishtuganov/McLoughlin (IU), 8-5
No. 2 – Mullings/Klingemann (OSU/16-1) def. Antons/Bubenicek (IU), 8-1
No. 3 – Eberly/Koniecko (OSU/13-3) def. Kenner/McCarthy (IU), 8-3
Finishing Order: 2, 3, 1