Jan. 13, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State men’s tennis team opened the spring portion of its schedule by sending participants to compete at the Big Ten Indoor Championships at Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday. OSU has six players in the main draw of the tournament with another three in the Nos. 7-9 singles bracket. Phillip Metz (So., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Chris Porter (Sr., Canton, Ohio/Jackson) are the lone Buckeyes to receive tournament seedings and are No. 5 and 6, respectively.
Metz advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Purdue’s Derek Miller. Porter also advanced to the second round after besting Ben Schreiber of Illinois, 6-2, 6-3.
Martin Johannson (Jr., Malmo, Sweden/Physical Education) and Andrew Carlson (Sr., Gambrills, Md./Arundel) also advanced to the second round of the tournament and will play for a spot in the Round of 16 Sunday. Jonathon Scale (So., Acworth, Ga./Harrison) and Adrian Bohane (Fr., West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes) fell in the first round and now must battle through the consolation bracket.
In the Nos. 7, 8 and 9 singles bracket, the Buckeyes are represented by Vincent Ng (So., Broadview Heights, Ohio/University School), Brenton Contini (Fr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) and Ben Kirksey (Fr., Canton, Ohio/McKinley). Ng has already advanced to the second round by virtue of a first round Bye.
OSU’s players will return to action Sunday with the first session beginning at 8 a.m.
Big Ten Indoor Championships (Singles)
No. 5 Phillip Metz
First Round- def. Derek Miller (Pur.), 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 Chris Porter
First Round- def. Ben Shreiber (Ill.), 6-2, 6-3
First Round- def. Andrew Wakefield (Pur.), 6-2, 6-4
First Round- lost to No. 9 Michael Calkins (Ill.), 6-4, 7-5
First Round- def. Steve Westhuyzen (PSU), 6-2, 6-1
First Round- lost to No. 9 Brian Wilson (Ill.), 7-6(3), 7-5
No. 7, 8 and 9 Singles Bracket
First Round- BYE
Second Round- vs. Desh Sekhri (Iowa)
First Round- vs. Josh Efros (MSU)
First Round- vs. Jason Gonzaga (Wisc.)