Jan. 14, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State men’s tennis team players were eliminated from the Big Ten Indoor Championships Sunday. OSU sent eight players into action Sunday and ended the day with one Buckeye, Vincent Ng (So., Broadview Heights, Ohio/University School), remaining in action at the Varsity Tennis Center at Ann Arbor, Mich.

Ng advanced to the finals of the Nos. 7, 8 and 9 singles bracket with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Purdue’s Troy Haven in the semifinals. Ng will meet Northwestern’s Russell Bennett in an 8:30 a.m. match Monday.

Phillip Metz (So., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Chris Porter (Sr., Canton, Ohio/Jackson) were eliminated from play in the quarterfinal round by the No. 2 and 1 seeded players in the tournament, respectively. Metz was defeated by Purdue’s Jason Marshall, 6-0, 6-3, while Porter fell to Minnesota’s Harsh Mankad, 7-6(2), 6-2.

Brenton Contini (Fr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) and Ben Kirksey (Fr., Canton, Ohio/McKinley) reached the quarterfinals of the Nos. 7, 8 and 9 singles bracket before they were eliminated. Contini was defeated by Haven, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, while Kirksey fell to Ng’s finals opponent, Russell Bennett, 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3.

The Buckeyes will return to action at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, when they play host to Butler at Jesse Owens West Recreational Center. OSU also will play host to Murray State at 5 p.m. on Jan. 25.

Big Ten Indoor Championships, Day 2
Main Draw
No. 5 Phillip Metz
Second Round- def. Chris Mitchell (MSU), 7-5, 6-3
Third Round- def. No. 9 Brian Wilson (Ill.), 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5)
Quarterfinals- lost to No. 2 Jason Marshall (Pur.), 6-0, 6-3 No. 6 Chris Porter
Second Round- def. Carl McCafferty (Pur.), 7-6(0), 2-6, 6-3
Third Round- def. Dustin Friedman (Wisc.), 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
Quarterfinals- lost to No. 1 Harsh Mankad (Minn.), 7-6(2), 6-2

Martin Johannson
Second Round- lost to No. 7 Philip Stolt (Ill.), 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-3
Consolations- lost to Paul Jacobsen (Ind.), 7-5, 6-4

Jonathon Scale
Consolations- lost to Josh Axler (NU), 7-6(3), 7-6(2)

Andrew Carlson
Second Round- def. Rahman Smiley (Ind.), 6-1. 6-3
Third Round- lost to No. 2 Jason Marshall (Pur.), 6-2, 6-2

Adrian Bohane
Consolations- def. Pete Rose (Iowa), 6-0, 6-2
Consolations- def. Ben Cox (Mich.), 6-1, 6-4
Consolations- lost to Carl McCafferty (Pur.), 6-4, 7-6(8)

No. 7, 8 and 9 Singles Bracket
Vincent Ng
Second Round- def. Desh Sekhri (Iowa), default
Quarterfinals- def. Ahmed Wahla (NU), 7-6(4), 7-5
Semifinals- def. Troy Havens (Pur.), 6-2, 6-3
Finals- vs. Russell Bennett (NU)

Brenton Contini
First Round- def. Josh Efros (MSU), default
Second Round- def. Laith Al-Agba (Pur.), 6-4, 7-6(3)
Quarterfinals- lost to Troy Havens (Pur.), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Ben Kirksey
First Round- def. Jason Gonzaga (Wisc.), 6-3, 6-0
Second Round- def. Ed Marques (Minn.), 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
Quarterfinals- lost to Russell Bennett (NU), 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3