May 28, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s tennis team continued its recruiting efforts with two players – Phil Metz (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor H.S.), Jon Scale (Acworth, Ga./Harrison H.S.) – signing national letters of intent while Vincent Ng (Broadview Heights/University H.S.) has accepted a Presidential Scholarship to be a student-athlete at the university. The team will also add Miami (O.) University transfer B.J. Munroe (Jr., Freeport, Bahamas).
“I believe this is one of the stronger incoming classes we have had in quite a while,” Ohio State head coach John Daly said. “These are the type of players that can put Ohio State into the forefront in the Big Ten conference.”
Ng was the Ohio State Division II Singles champion as a sophomore in 1997. He is currently the top-ranked junior in the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Midwestern Section, which is comprised of players from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and a portion of West Virginia.
Known for his composure and calm demeanor on the court, Ng, who is also an accomplished violin player and photographer, and his baseline game will go for a second state title in the State High School Championships May 28-29 at the Stickney Tennis Center.
“Vincent is just incredibly talented,” Ohio State assistant coach Ty Tucker said. “He can accomplish about anything he sets his mind to. He is a concert violinist, he just won a national photography award, he’ll be the valedictorian of his high school and he’s the top-ranked player in the Midwestern Section. We are thrilled to have him coming here. He’s someone that can play and contribute in the lineup for us immediately.”
Another highly ranked player that has committed to Ohio State is Metz. Currently ranked No. 12 in the Midwestern Section, Metz reached the finals of the Division I Singles Championship in 1997, losing to current Buckeye Bob Wellstein (So., Perrysburg, Ohio). A strong serve-and-volley player, Metz will be in search of his first state title. “Phil’s potential is just unlimited,” said Tucker. “He has grown a lot in the past couple of years and is really starting to take his game to another level. He’s got a big serve and one of the bigger backhands I’ve seen. That’s a great foundation to build on.”
Metz and Ng have grown up playing tennis together and are best friends, something Tucker can see translating into positives for the Buckeyes.
“These two guys have known each other for a long time. They play with each other every day for hours. You literally have to kick them off the court to get them to stop.”
Rounding out this year’s class is Scale. He is the 23rd-ranked player in the USTA Southern Section, comprised of players from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The Southern Section is widely considered to be one of the more competitive sections in the United States. Scale was the runner-up in the Georgia State Championships in 1998. He caught the eye of the Ohio State coaching staff when he won five rounds in the Junior National Championships in 1998.
“Jon is quite an athlete,” said Tucker. “Hes a very crafty lefty that can give opponents fits.”
Ohio State will also pick up Munroe as a transfer from Miami (O.) University, which is dropping its mens tennis program. Munroe, who started in the RedHawk lineup the entire year and won 17 matches, will enroll at Ohio State in the fall and is eligible to play immediately.
Tucker likens Munroe, who has had serves clocked up to 130 mph, to former Buckeye great Roger Smith, who ranks No. 1 in all-time Ohio State singles wins with 126.
“There are many similarities between Roger and B.J.,” Tucker said. “Both are from the Bahamas, are phenomenal athletes and possess huge serves. The fact that he has played Davis Cup for the Bahamas only makes him more attractive. That kind of experience on an international level is something that can add a lot to any team.”
“The players we have coming in are guys that have had success in national tournaments,” Daly said. “With most of our team from last year coming back, and these four guys coming in, we add depth to a team that gained a lot of experience last year.”