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Oct. 3, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two members of the six-time defending Big Ten champion Ohio State men’s tennis team advanced to the second day of qualifying at the 2011 D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., on Monday.

Connor Smith, the newest Buckeye after transferring from Florida State, defeated Fred Saba of Duke 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Smith previously defeated Saba April 15 while at Florida State 6-3, 6-3. With the win, the junior will face LSU’s Oliver Borsos in the second round of qualifying.

Nelson Vick, a redshirt-sophomore, also advanced to the second round of with a straight-set 6-1, 6-2 victory over Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas. The Grafton, Wis., native, will compete Tuesday vs. Jason Tahir of Duke.

Buckeyes Ille Van Engelen and Hunter Callahan both lost in their bid to move on in the tournament. Van Engelen fell to Boise State’s James Meredith 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 while Callahan lost a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 decision to Emmett Egger of Washington.

Ohio State began the qualifying rounds with the most participants of any team in the country with four. There also are four Buckeyes representing Ohio State in the singles main draw, which is the most of any team. Qualifying continues through Wednesday, with the main draw matches beginning Thursday.

The Buckeyes also have two teams looking to qualify for main draw doubles. Double qualifying begins Tuesday with Vick and Callahan competing against David Cavalcanti and Matheus Pereira of Wichita State at 1 p.m. CT. Devin McCarthy and Van Engelen earned a bye to the second round of qualifying and will attempt to advance to the third round against the duo of Cale Hammond and Tahir of Duke, who also earned a bye. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 CT.