April 29, 1999

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%^$ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State Buckeyes were again on the cusp of victory only to have it sail out of their sights at the last minute. This time it was Michigan State who broke the Buckeyes’ hearts, defeating them 4-2 in the first round of the Big Ten Tennis Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The loss ends the Buckeyes season with a record of 6-18 (0-11 Big Ten) while the Spartans improve to 10-12 (6-5 Big Ten).%^$

Fierce winds up to 20 mph swept across the courts at the Varsity Tennis Center, making playing conditions very difficult. The Spartans braved the elements to take a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. OSU fought back, however, taking the first set in four of the six singles matches. The first Buckeye to walk off the court victorious was Ben Basil (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio). Playing in his final Big Ten Tournament, Basil put on a fabulous display of tennis in defeating MSUs Francisco Trinidad 7-6 (5), 6-3 to tie the score at 1-1.%^$

The Spartans went back on top 2-1 after posting a win at No. 6 singles. OSU was able to hang in the match and tie the score at 2-2 when Andrew Carlson (So., Gambrills, Md.) knocked off Ken Kigongo 7-5, 6-2.%^$

With three matches remaining, the action was getting tense. Chris Porter (So., Canton, Ohio) at No. 1 singles won his first set and was on serve in the second. Meanwhile, Kevin Hawke (Fr., Brielle, N.J.) and Derek DeFalco (So., Maumee, Ohio) were down breaks in the third set. Hawke was the first Buckeye to fall, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2, to make it 3-2, MSU. While Porter continued to battle his opponent, DeFalco was desperately trying to get back into his match at No. 4 singles. Unfortunately for Ohio State, DeFalcos valiant effort couldn’t get him over the top. The Spartans’ Ivica Primorac defeated DeFalco 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to clinch the match.%^$

The loss ends OSUs season. Michigan State moves on to face third-seeded Purdue in the quarterfinals Friday at 1:30 p.m.%^$

%^$Ohio State 2%^$Michigan State 4%^$%^$Doubles
%^$No. 1 – Kigongo/Struck, Michigan State def. Porter/Carlson, Ohio State 8-2
%^$No. 2 – Trinidad/Primorac, Michigan State vs. Basil/DeFalco, Ohio State SUSPENDED
%^$No. 3 – Findling/Eubanks, Michigan State def. Wellstein/Hawke, Ohio State 8-4


%^$No. 1 – No. 88 Chris Porter, Ohio State vs. Trey Eubanks, Michigan State SUSPENDED
%^$No. 2 – Andrew Carlson, Ohio State def. Ken Kigongo, Michigan State 7-5, 6-2
%^$No. 3 – Chris Struck, Michigan State def. Kevin Hawke, Ohio State 0-6, 6-2, 6-2
%^$No. 4 – Ivica Primorac, Michigan State def. Derek DeFalco, Ohio State 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
%^$No. 5 – Ben Basil, Ohio State def. Francisco Trinidad, Michigan State 7-6 (4), 6-3
%^$No. 6 – Mark Jacobsen, Michigan State def. Bob Wellstein, Ohio State 6-4, 6-2


Time of Match: 3:32


%^$Michigan State – 10-12, 6-5 Big Ten
%^$Ohio State – 6-18, 0-11 Big Ten