April 11, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On an overcast, blustery Sunday afternoon at the Stickney Tennis Center, the second-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes, 7-0. OSUs record drops to 6-15 (0-8 Big Ten) while UI is now 18-2 (6-0).

Even the simplest task of hitting a ball cleanly was made difficult by a steady wind of 20 mph and wind gusts in excess of 35 mph. Illinois managed to persevere and took an early 1-0 lead after sweeping the doubles. The No. 2 Fighting Illini kept their momentum going after a win at No. 3 singles to make the score 2-0.

Oliver Freelove, Illinois’s top singles player and the nation’s eighth ranked player, was next off. He put on a fabulous display of tennis, defeating Chris Porter (So., Canton, Ohio) 6-1, 6-2. The Illini clinched the match with a victory at No. 4 singles.

Two Buckeyes managed to take their opponents to three sets. At No. 2 singles, Andrew Carlson (So., Gambrills, Md.) lost the first set 6-2 but managed to sneak past the 49th-ranked Cary Franklin in the second 7-5. But Franklin’s experience paid dividends in the long run, as Illinois’s lanky left-hander walked away with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory.

Ben Basil (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) put on a gutty performance in his final home match as a Buckeye. After dropping the first set to UI’s Mike Kosta 6-4, he found himself down 4-1 in the second. But the gritty Basil wasnt finished. He won five consecutive games to take the second set 6-4 and force a third. The two players stayed on serve until 5-4, when Basil’s serve was broken to end the match.

Ohio State will next see action this weekend. The Buckeyes travel to play at Wisconsin Sat., April 17, and Iowa Sun., April 18. Both matches start at 1 p.m. EDT.

Match Score

No. 2 Illinois 7 Ohio State 0

Individual Scores
No. 1 – No. 3 Freelove/Franklin, Illinois def. Basil/DeFalco, Ohio State 8-5
No. 2 – Laski/Parker, Illinois def. Richardson/Johansen, Ohio State 8-5
No. 3 – Teply/Snyder, Illinois def. Mazak/Bush, Ohio State 8-1

No. 1 – No. 8 Oliver Freelove, Illinois def. No. 79 Chris Porter, Ohio State 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 – No. 49 Cary Franklin, Illinois def. Andrew Carlson, Ohio State 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
No. 3 – Jeff Laski, Illinois def. Kevin Hawke, Ohio State 6-3, 6-0
No. 4 – Jakub Teply, Illinois def. Derek DeFalco, Ohio State 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 – Mike Kosta, Illinois def. Ben Basil, Ohio State 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
No. 6 – Arnaud Lantin, Illinois def. Bob Wellstein, Ohio State 6-2, 6-3

Time of Match: 3:09

Illinois – 18-2, 6-0 Big Ten
Ohio State – 6-15, 0-8 Big Ten