Oct. 10, 2002

Columbus, Ohio— The Ohio State men’s tennis team travels to Chattanooga, Tenn., Thursday-Sunday for the ITA Men’s All-American Championships. Five men from the team will be contending for the first Division I national singles and doubles titles of the 2002-03 season.

The ITA Men’s All-American Championships are the first and largest tournament of the 2002-03 collegiate tennis season. This year, Chattanooga, Tenn., will play host to the championship, where it was held in Stone Mountain, Ga. the past two years. It includes 256-singles player and 128-doubles team prequalifying tournaments Oct. 4-7. The qualifying round features 64-singles player and 32-doubles team Oct. 8-9. The final break down will conclude with the main draw held Thursday-Sunday.

OSU junior JeremyWurtzman will begin play Thursday in the main draw of the All-American Tournament. Wurtzman is No. 21 in the nation, advancing him into the main draw. After a tournament record of 6-0, Buckeye senior Vince Ng, qualified for the main draw.

The 2002-03 season will mark Ty Tucker’s fourth year as the men’s tennis head coach. As a tough season with at least eight matches against Top 25 opponents, Tucker expects his team to be ready to compete. “Our schedule is one of the strongest since I have been here. We are going to have to improve every month, every week and every day. Come January 15 when the (spring) season gets underway we hope to be right in the mix.”

Marc Wurtzman, a 1998 graduate of The Ohio State University, is in his first year as the OSU men’s tennis assistant coach. For the past two seasons, Wurtzman held the position of assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. Wurtzman is happy to be back at his alma mater and plans on building his resume at Ohio State.

“I have high goals and came here to better myself and my career,” Wurtzman said. “The main reason I came here is for a chance at a Big Ten title. The team and the coaching staff really get the job done here.”

Tucker believes that Wurtzman will be an asset this season and when Big Ten play begins.

In the ITA Division I preseason national rankings, junior Jeremy Wurtzman is No. 21 in singles. Senior Phil Metz, is ranked at the No. 29 singles position. Metz is taking the fall season off playing pro tennis and will return to the team in January. The duo of Wurtzman and junior Conor Casey are tied at the No. 51 position in doubles.

Results For Pre-Qualifying Draw
Men’s Open Singles-

Senior Vince Ng was undefeated in the pre-qualifying bracket. In the first round, Ng came out ahead of Florida State’s Chip Webb, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(2). He went on to claim the second round against Jason Smit of Illinois State, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. In the third, Ng defeated Daniel Jung. He then went on to advance out of the bracket, as he defeated Duke’s Ryan Heinberg, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1.

OSU junior Brenton Contini defeated Patrick Phillips of Coppin State, 6-0, 6-0 in the first round. Contini then lost in the second round of 128 singles positions to Mississippi’s Patrick Chucri, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4. Sophomore Kevin McLean lost to Dino Mancarella of UAB, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round and with freshman Scott Green who lost to Oregon’s Sven Swinnen, 6-2, 6-4.

Men’s Open Doubles-
In the 128-team doubles draw, the duo of McLean and Ng defeated UC Santa Barbara’s Carlos Palencia and Mirco Schwindt, 8-5, in the first round. In the second round, they lost to Roger Gubser and Drew Hoskins of Texas, 8-2. Contini and Green lost, 8-1, in the first round of the doubles draw to the Florida duo of Janne Holmia and Trey Johnson.

Results For Qualifying Draw
Men’s Open Singles-
After advancing out of a greuling pre-qualifying singles draw, Ng went on to upset the No. 2 seed, Eleazar Magallan of Florida, in the qualifying round. Ng defeated Magallan, 6-4, 6-2.

Wednesday morning, Ng defeated his oppenent, Henrik Soderberg of SMU, 7-5, 6-3, advancing to the main draw of the All-American Tournament. In his next match, Ng will face Baylor’s Rainer Neurhohr.

In the 2002 ITA All-American Championship, Ng has a record of 6-0 with hopes to continue his winning streak. The main draw will begin play on Thursday at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.