April 13, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 30 Ohio State men’s tennis team edged No. 29 Notre Dame, 4-3, in non-conference action Wednesday at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 14-6 overall this season, while the Fighting Irish fell to 16-7. The contest came down to the final singles match on the No. 2 court as Buckeye sophomore Devin Mullings faced off with the Irish’s Barry King. Mullings pulled through for his squad with a 7-5, 7-5 victory.

The match victory over Notre Dame was Ohio State’s third consecutive in the series between the two teams and was its 26th-consecutive home win in Columbus.

In doubles action, the OSU junior duo of Scott Green (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) and Ross Wilson (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales), ranked No. 1 in the ITA Division I poll, finished first for the Buckeyes as they defeated Brent D’Amico and Eric Langenkamp, 8-2, at the No. 1 spot. Green and Wilson improved to 22-4 overall, 13-4 in duals action this season.

The sophomore pair of Devin Mullings (Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) and Chris Klingemann (Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) came back from a 7-1 deficit and defeated Notre Dame’s Ryan Keckley and Barry King in the next eight games, 9-7. The win clinched the doubles point for the Buckeyes and suspended the No. 3 doubles match with Joey Atas (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and freshman Drew Eberly (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) up in the score, 8-7.

Green, recently named captain of the 2005 Buckeye squad, wrapped up first in singles action with a 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4. Sophomore Atas pulled out of his three-match slump and defeated Stephen Bass in a second set tie-break, 7-5, 7-6 (4). Atas’ win at the No. 1 position put the Buckeyes up in the match score, 3-0.

Notre Dame retaliated and evened the score at 3-all with wins at the Nos. 3, 5 and 6 spots. Both Klingemann and junior Dennis Mertens (Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) fell in three sets after winning the second, while Wilson fell after a first set win, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, at the No. 6 position.

With the match notched at 3-3, all eyes focused on the No. 2 singles court as Mullings, ranked No. 52 in the ITA Division I singles poll, defeated the No. 113 player Notre Dame’s King.

Ohio State is back on the courts Saturday and Sunday against Big Ten foes Michigan and Michigan State. The weekend matches will mark the final home contests for the Buckeyes this season. The matches are slated for a noon start at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus. In the case of inclement weather, the Buckeyes play indoors at the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center.

No. 30 Ohio State 4 No. 29 Notre Dame 3

Singles- 1. #53 Joey Atas (OSU) def. Stephen Bass (ND) 7-5, 7-6 (4) 2. #52 Devin Mullings (OSU) def. #113 Barry King (ND) 7-5, 7-5 3. Sheeva Parbhu (ND) def. Chris Klingemann (OSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 4. Scott Green (OSU) def. Irackli Akhvlediani (ND) 6-2, 6-4 5. Patrick Buchanan (ND) def. Dennis Mertens (OSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 6. Eric Langenkamp (ND) def. Ross Wilson (OSU) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 Order of finish: 4, 1, 5, 3, 6, 2

Doubles- 1. #1 Green/Wilson (OSU) def. D’Amico/Langenkamp (ND) 8-2 2. Klingemann/Mullings (OSU) def. Ryan Keckley/King (ND) 9-7 3. Atas/Eberly (OSU) def. Bass/Parbhu (ND) DNF Order of finish: 1, 2