April 21, 2000
The men’s tennis team returns from a successful road trip to conclude regular-season play against rivals No. 22 Michigan Saturday and Michigan State Sunday. Both matches will be played at the Stickney Tennis courts at 1 p.m.
Up, Up, and Away
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association committee ranked Ohio State No. 37 this week. The Buckeyes’ overall record is 11-8, 5-3 in the Big Ten.
“We are encouraged that we are able to maintain a record in the Top 40,” assistant coach Dave Schilling said. “We have had quality wins during the season and we are optimistic in our efforts to uphold this ranking.”
Head coach Ty Tucker shares his thoughts on the team performance at Purdue, how practices are going lately and his hopes for continued success.
“Coach Schilling and I are trying to get the guys more energized for matches,” Tucker said. “We’re trying to get them to pull for each other harder and play together as a team. The guys went out at Purdue and fought hard. They cheered for each other and took care of the task before them. Certain people stepped up and we came out with a win.
“The guys play two matches on the weekends and some play doubles as well. They have been competing since January. We play every weekend and when Monday comes around they need a day off to recover. The rest of the week’s practices are shorter and more focused. The guys don’t need to be out there for long but while they are there it needs to be intense and focused. You get better by playing matches. My job is to try to keep them fresh for those matches.
“There might be three or four weeks of play left. I would like to see the guys continue to play strong and fight hard like they have been the entire season. The guys need to get enough sleep and take care of themselves. Ideally we will finish strong at the Big Ten and hopefully make it to the NCAA’s.”
On the Lookout!
This weekend will end regular season play and there are a few things Buckeye fans should keep their eyes on. The results of Purdue, Indiana, and Michigan will effect the Buckeyes standings in the Big Ten.
Big Ten Overall 1. Illinois 8-0 17-3 2. Minnesota 7-1 18-5 3. Indiana 7-2 13-4 4. Purdue 6-3 10-9 5. Ohio State 5-3 11-8 6. Michigan 4-4 12-5
Big matches this weekend that will determine standings for the Big Ten Championships.
Michigan @ Ohio State (April 22)
Purdue @ Minnesota (April 22)
Indiana @ Minnesota (April 23)
Michigan @ Penn State (April 23)
Michigan @ Ohio State (April 23)
No. 30 IU def. No. 39 OSU
Ohio State lost to No. 30 Indiana, 5-2, in Bloomington, Ind., April 15. Indiana had won the last five doubles points and carried on the streak with a sweep of the Buckeyes in doubles. Phil Metz (Fr., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had one of two singles wins for the Buckeyes over Ian Arons (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) at the No. 2 position. Buckeye Bob Wellstein (Jr., Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg), playing at the No. 5 position, defeated Paul Jacobson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Buckeyes Steam Boilermakers
OSU produced its second upset of the season over the No. 33 ranked Boilermakers, 4-3. Ohio State recovered from the previous day’s doubles loss by reclaiming the point at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. No. 34 Andrew Carlson (Jr., Gambrills, Md./Arundel) and Chris Porter (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Jackson) won against Marshall/Wakefield, 9-7. The duo of Derek DeFalco (Jr., Maumee, Ohio/Maumee) and Bob Wellstein (Jr., Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) continue to lead the Big Ten at the No. 3 position with a 7-1 record, 22-6 overall.
Singles wins came from Porter, Metz and Wellstein. Porter, at No. 2, defeated Derek Miller (7-6, 6-4). Metz (23-11) and Wellstein (22-10) went undefeated in singles last weekend.
Scouting No. 22 Michigan
Michigan leads the series against Ohio State, 71-11-1 and has won consecutively for the previous seven years. Last season the Wolverines defeated OSU, 6-1. This year the team will be led onto the courts by Mark Mees a friendly foe to Ohio State’s head coach Ty Tucker. Mees is from Tucker’s hometown of Zanesville, Ohio. This is Mees first year leading the Wolverines. Michigan has had a successful season going 12-5 overall, 4-4 in the Big Ten. Last weekend the Wolverines defeated No. 29 Notre Dame, 5-2, on April 13. The following day they also defeated Iowa, 6-1. Michigan was upset the weekend before by No. 34 Indiana, 5-2 (4/8/00).
This week Wolverine Henry Beam is the co-men’s tennis athlete of the week in the Big Ten. Beam mostly plays at the No. 3 position and has a record of 15-2 overall, 6-2 in the Big Ten.
Michigan has one singles player and a doubles duo ranked. Matt Wright, normally the No. 1 player, is ranked No. 68. The doubles team of Danny McCain and Wright are tied at No. 55.
Final Match, OSU vs. MSU
The Spartans will be led onto the court Sunday by head coach Gene Orlando who is in his ninth year with MSU. Last year the Spartans defeated the Buckeyes 4-3 and lead the all-time series 35-27. The last time Ohio State defeated the Spartans was six years ago during the 1993-94 campaign.
Michigan State comes to OSU unranked with a 7-17 overall record, 2-6 in the Big Ten. The Spartans were defeated last weekend by Wisconsin, 5-2 (4/15/00). The team recovered the next day with a win over Iowa, 4-3.