May 13, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State men’s tennis team’s stellar year on the courts came to an end following a 4-1 setback to Tennessee in second round action of the NCAA tournament played in Knoxville, Tenn., Sunday. The Buckeyes completed the 2000-01 campaign with a 25-4 overall mark after the UT match while the Vols improved to 20-5 on the year and advance to third round action in Stone Mountain, Ga., May 19.

The Vols opened the match by taking two doubles matches to jump out in front, 1-0. Bob Wellstein (Sr., Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and Derek DeFalco (Sr., Maumee, Ohio/Maumee) fell at No. 2 doubles, 8-4, to Mark Parsons and Adam Carey who are ranked No. 20 in the nation and NCAA doubles qualifiers. DeFalco finished with 30 doubles wins for the second-consecutive year, tying him with Richard Berry (1996) for the most in a season. Also in doubles play, the No. 3 team of Phillip Metz (So., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Chris Porter (Sr., Canton, Ohio/Jackson) fell to Mario Toledo and Simon Rea, 8-5. Jonathon Scale (So., Acworth, Ga./Harrison) and Andrew Carlson (Sr., Gambrills, Md./Arundel) did not finish their match with the No. 44 team of Peter Handoyo and Andy Crews. The score was 7-4 in favor of UT when play ended.

In singles action, No. 36 Metz upset No. 31 Parsons, 6-3, 6-4, for the lone OSU point in the match. Metz has been on a hot streak of late. He has wins in six of his last seven matches including three upset victories, two over Illinois’ Graydon Oliver and the win over Parsons. Both Metz and Parsons will participate in the NCAA Singles Championships and will be joined by two other Vols, No. 25 Handoyo and No. 54 Carey.

Three other singles matches were completed with the Buckeyes finishing on the low end of the score. Adrian Bohane (Fr., West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes) fell at No. 3 to Handoyo, 6-0, 6-3. Wellstein was downed by No. 95 Paul Podbury, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 5 while Vincent Ng (So., Broadview Heights, Ohio/University School) dropped his No. 6 match to Rea, 6-1, 7-6(11). Rea won the tiebreaker, 13-11.

Porter, playing at No. 2, won the first set, 7-5, over No. 58 Toledo and was down 5-3 in the second. Carlson and Carey split the first two sets of the match with Carey leading in the third when play was called.

Though the team’s season may have ended with the loss, Metz’s season has not. He will represent OSU in the NCAA Singles Championships at Stone Mountain, Ga., May 23-28.

No. 6 UT 4 (20-5) No. 22 OSU 1 (25-4)

Singles: No. 1 #36 Phil Metz (OSU) def. #31 Mark Parsons 6-3, 6-4 No. 2 Chris Porter (OSU) vs. #58 Mario Toledo (UT) 7-5, 3-5 (DNF) No. 3 #25 Peter Handoyo (UT) def. Adrian Bohane 6-0, 6-3 No. 4 Andrew Carlson (OSU) vs. #54 Adam Carey (UT) 6-2, 3-6, 1-2 (DNF) No. 5 #95 Paul Podbury (UT) def. Bob Wellstein 6-4, 6-4 No. 6 Simon Rea (UT) def. Vincent Ng 6-1, 7-6(11)

Doubles: No. 1 Johathon Scale /Carlson (OSU) vs. #44 Handoyo/Crews (UT) 8-4 No. 2 #20 Parsons/Carey (UT) def. Wellstein /Derek DeFalco 9-8(4) No. 3 Toledo/Rea (UT) def. Porter/Metz 8-1