April 10, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 33 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 58 Penn State, 4-3, Sunday at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 13-6 overall and 5-1 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions fell to 13-5 overall, 2-4 in the conference. The victory marked Ohio State’s 25th-consecutive win on its home courts in Columbus. The win streak dates back to the 2003 season starting with a 5-2 win over Purdue April 6.

In doubles action, the Buckeyes swept the Nittany Lions on all three courts which marked the 11th doubles sweep for OSU this season. The OSU tandem of Joey Atas (So., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Drew Eberly (Fr., Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) finished first for Ohio State with an 8-2 win over Michael James and Chris Sherman at the No. 3 spot.

Juniors Scott Green (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) and Ross Wilson (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales) clinched the doubles point after an 8-4 performance against Nittany Lions Ryan Berger and Bradley Hunter. Green and Wilson are 5-1 in conference action this season are ranked No. 1 in the latest ITA Division I doubles poll. The pair have held the top spot since the Jan. 13 preseason rankings.

Buckeye sophomores Chris Klingemann (Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) and Devin Mullings (Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) wrapped up the doubles portion as the pair defeated Mark Barry and James Dwyer, 8-6, at No. 2.

Buckeye Wilson put the squad’s second point on the board after he handed Dwyer a 6-3, 6-4 loss at No. 5. Penn State retaliated at the No. 4 spot as James topped Buckeye Green, 6-3, 7-5. Mullings notched a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ryan Berger which put OSU up 3-1 in the match score. Penn State pulled within one point of Ohio State as Hunter topped Klingemann, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 3.

With the match win on the line for the Buckeyes, all eyes turned to the last contests on the Nos. 1 and 6 courts. Freshman Eberly, who played No. 6 singles, bounced back from a 5-3 deficit in the third set and defeated Sherman, 7-5. With the victory, Eberly clinched the match win for Ohio State and improved to 5-1 against Big Ten opponents.

The day’s event wrapped up at the No. 1 position as sophomore Buckeye Atas fell in a hard fought three-set match to Penn State’s Barry.

Ohio State is back on the courts for a 4 p.m. match Wednesday as the squad plays host to Notre Dame. The Buckeyes face Big Ten foes Michigan and Michigan State in weekend action April 16-17. Both matches are slated for a noon start at the Stickney Tennis Center. In the case of inclement weather, the Buckeyes play indoors at the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center in Columbus.

No. 33 Ohio State 4 No. 58 Penn State 3

Singles 1. #96 Mark Barry (PSU) def. #53 Joey Atas (OSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 2. #52 Devin Mullings (OSU) def. Ryan Berger (PSU) 6-3, 6-3 3. Bradley Hunter (PSU) def. Chris Klingemann (OSU) 7-5, 6-4 4. Michael James (PSU) def. Scott Green (OSU) 6-3, 7-5 5. Ross Wilson (OSU) def. James Dwyer (PSU) 6-3, 6-4 6. Drew Eberly (OSU) def. Chris Sherman (PSU) 3-6, 6-0, 7-5 Order of finish: 5, 4, 2, 3, 6, 1

Doubles 1. #1 Green/Wilson (OSU) def. Berger/Hunter (PSU) 8-4 2. Klingemann/Mullings (OSU) def. Barry/Dwyer (PSU) 8-6 3. Atas/Eberly (OSU) def. James/Sherman (PSU) 8-2 Order of finish: 3, 1, 2