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April 14, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8 Ohio State men’s tennis team (18-1) takes to the road this weekend to face Michigan State Saturday and No. 36 Michigan Sunday in its final regular season road matches.

The Buckeyes have won six Big Ten matches in a row, and 12 of its last 13 regular season conference matches. OSU currently sits atop the Big Ten standings with a one-game lead over Illinois, whom the Buckeyes beat earlier this season. Ohio State is riding a nine-match win streak, which ties the nine-match streak the Buckeyes had to open the season.

START ME UP
At 18-1, Ohio State has tied its best start since the 2000-01 season. The Buckeyes won 18 of their first 19 matches during that campaign and finished with a 25-4 record. OSU’s 18-1 start this year includes a nine-match win streak to start the season as well as its current nine-match win streak.

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
Michigan State is 7-14 overall and 1-6 in Big Ten play. The Spartans dropped their last two decisions in Big Ten play. MSU lost to No. 7 Illinois 5-2 and to Purdue 4-3, April 8-9, respectively.

Michigan State is led by Nick Rinks who is 13-6 at the No. 1 singles spot and is 7-3 in his last 10 matches.

Rinks teams up with Adam Monich to form the No. 46 doubles team in the country. The pair is 20-11 in doubles this season, and 12-8 at the No. 1 doubles spot in dual play.

The Spartans are led by head coach Gene Orlando.

OSU VS. MSU
Michigan State holds a slight edge in the all-time record. MSU has a 35-33 mark against the Buckeyes. OSU has a six-match win streak against the Spartans dating back to the 1998-99 season.

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Michigan split its Big Ten matches last weekend. The Wolverines beat Purdue 7-0 Saturday, then lost to No. 7 Illinois 6-1 Sunday. Michigan is 11-8 and 5-2 in the Big Ten.

The Wolverines are led by No. 44 Matko Maravic. The sophomore is 16-16 in singles overall, and 10-9 in dual matches this season. Maravic has a 5-2 record in Big Ten play.

Brian Hung and Matko Maravic combine to form the nations No. 11 ranked doubles team. The pair is 15-4 at the No. 1 doubles spot and is 22-7 on the year. The duo is currently riding a six-match win streak.

The Wolverines are led by second year head coach Bruce Berque.

BUCKEYES VS. WOLVERINES
Michigan holds the all-time lead over Ohio State by a 73-16-1 margin. The Buckeyes are riding a five-match win streak over the Wolverines. Michigan last beat OSU during the 2000-01 season.

LAST TIME OUT
Then-No. 4 Ohio State collected a pair of victories over No. 66 Indiana (6-1) April 7 and No. 47 Penn State (5-2) April 9 to imptrove to 18-1 on the year, and 6-0 in the Big Ten.

MULLING OVER THE COMPETITION
Junior Devin Mullings was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week April 12. It is the second career award for Mullings who also recieved the award April 20, 2005.

He beat David Bubenicek of Indiana 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 2 singles spot. Mullings then downed Ryan Berger of Penn State 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 3 singles spot to collect his 20th singles win of the season.

In doubles, Mullings won two matches with Chris Klingemann. The duo downed Antons and Bubenicek of Indiana 8-1 at the No. 2 doubles spot April 7. The pair closed out the weekend by beating Ryan Berger and Bradley Hunter 8-7 April 9. Klingemann and Mullings are 17-1 in doubles competition.

HEY MR. WILSON
Senior Ross Wilson was named the Big Ten Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week April 5. It is the first weekly conference award for Wilson, who is 17-6 on the year in singles. He is the second-consecutive Buckeye to claim the weekly award and the third overall this season.

Wilson won both his singles matches. The first came last April 1 against Purdue’s Jarred Leibner 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5 singles. Wilson then beat Illinois’ Marc Spicijaric 6-3, 6-3 to help the Buckeyes down the No. 5-ranked Illini April 2.

Wilson teamed with classmate Scott Green to win two matches at No. 1 doubles as well. Green and Wilson are currently ranked as the No. 2 doubles team in the country. The duo is 23-2 on the year and 17-1 in dual competition. Green and Wilson beat Ishtuganov and McLoughlin 8-5 Saturday. The pair then disposed of Penn States Mark Barry and Adam Slagter 8-6 Sunday.

KLING-ING TO THE TOP
Junior Chris Klingemann was named the Big Ten Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week March 29. It was the first weekly conference award for Klingemann, who is 17-5 on the year in singles.

Klingemann piloted the Buckeyes’ shutout over Iowa March 24 with a three-set victory against Bart Van Monsjou. He followed that performance with an upset win over Minnesota’s 60th-ranked D.J. Geatz in three sets to clinch OSU’s second-consecutive league win March 26 in Minneapolis.

In doubles competition, Klingemann teamed with Devin Mullings at No. 3 doubles against the Hawkeyes to beat Christian Bierich and Aaron Schaechterle, 8-4. The OSU tandem moved up to No. 2 doubles against the Gophers and took care of Minnesota’s Adrien Debreyne and Raoul Schwark, 8-3.

STEVIE WONDER-FUL
Freshman Steven Moneke was named the Big Ten Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the week of March 6. It is the first weekly conference honor for Moneke, who is 13-6 on the year.

Moneke recorded the match-clinching victory for the Buckeyes at Florida State March 4 when he defeated Chris Westerhof, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 4 singles.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Ohio State has won the doubles point in each of its 19 dual matches this season. Ross Wilson and Scott Green have have a 17-1 dual match record, all coming at the No. 1 doubles spot.

HOME SWEET HOME
Ohio State has won 38-consecutive home matches. The streak extends back to the 2003 season.

SEVERAL BUCKEYES MAKE MOVE IN OHIO STATE RECORD BOOK
Ross Wilson earned his 102nd doubles win Feb. 26 to become the Buckeyes’ all-time career leader. Wilson now has 109 career victories. Owning a 26-3 doubles record this year, Wilson has teamed with classmate Scott Green to compile a 23-2 mark. Green has 108 career wins to rank second all-time in OSU career doubles wins. Green is 29-3 this year with Wilson (23-2) and Dominic Ozanne (6-1).

DOUBLES RANKED NO. 2
The OSU tandem of seniors Scott Green and Ross Wilson are ranked No. 2 in the ITA Division I doubles polls released April 4. Green and Wilson are 17-1 in duals matches this season. The duo posted a fall tournament record of 6-1. Green and Wilson became only the third doubles team in NCAA history to win three national championships. The Buckeye combination claimed the 2004 Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships and both the 2004 and 2005 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. The back-to-back indoor titles are a first in the 27-year history of the event.

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes have three singles players ranked in the Top 85. Bryan Koniecko is No. 49 nationally, followed by Chris Klingemann at No. 76 and Devin Mullings at No. 83. Klingemann is 18-6, Mullings has a record of 20-9, while Koniecko is 17-11 in his rookie season.

NO. 300
Ohio State defeated Purdue 7-0 April 1 to earn its 300th Big Ten win.

VS. THE BIG TEN
Ohio State is 303-357-2 vs. Big Ten Conference opponents. The Buckeyes have winning records against Iowa (26-21), Penn State (14-5) and Purdue (64-18).

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes return home to face Northwestern April 22 and Wisconsin April 23. Both matches are scheduled for noon. All home matches are held at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus.