May 17, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Ohio State men’s tennis player Phillip Metz (So., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was recently honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as the Region IV Player to Watch. The award is given annually to a player who has had an outstanding year on the courts and is viewed as a player who will make an impact on the national scene in the years to come. Metz is now a candidate for the national award which is given to one of the eight regional winners in June.

“This is a great honor for me,” Metz said. “It is nice to be noticed and to know that the hard work I have put into getting better had paid off. Hopefully, I can keep improving my game and do well in years to come.”

Metz, an All-Big Ten selection, played the No. 1 singles position during the 2000-01 campaign and compiled a 36-10 overall record to help the No. 22 Buckeyes to a 25-4 record (11-2 Big Ten) and the Big Ten Tournament Championship. For his efforts on the courts, Metz also was chosen as one of five players to represent Region IV in the 2001 NCAA Singles Championships.

“He has won a great award,” Ty Tucker, OSU head coach, said. “These awards are given to guys that can make it at the next level. I think he has proven that in the work he has done. If he continues to improve like he has these past two years, I think he will be ranked in the Top 5 as a senior and be playing for a national championship.”

Metz, the No. 36 player in the nation and the seventh-highest ranked sophomore, opens first round action at the NCAA Singles Championships May 23 in Athens, Ga., on the campus of the University of Georgia. His tournament seed, match time and first round opponent will be determined May 22.