April 22, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Ohio State’s archrival the Wolverines pulled out a tough match against the Buckeyes, 4-3, Saturday at the Stickney Tennis Center. Ohio State falls to 11-9, 5-4 in the Big Ten and Michigan improves to 13-5, 5-4 in the Big Ten.
The match began with an Ohio State upset in doubles. Buckeyes Phil Metz (Fr., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Jon Scale (Fr., Actworth, Ga./Harrison) won the first doubles match against Chris Shaya and Danny McCain, 8-3, at the No. 3 position. The No. 34-ranked duo of Andrew Carlson (Jr., Gambrills, Md./Arundel) and Chris Porter (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Jackson) secured the doubles point with a win over Michigan’s Matt Wright and Henry Beam, 9-8.
Ohio State’s singles wins came from Porter and Metz. Porter took out John Long at the No. 2 position, 6-2, 6-4. Porter leads the Big Ten in overall singles wins with a record of 33-13, 7-2 in the Big Ten. Metz defeated the Big Ten’s co-men’s tennis athlete of the week Henry Beam, 7-5, 6-0, ending Beam’s seven-game winning streak. Metz’s record is 24-11. The match seemed to be won by Ohio State when Buckeye Bob Wellstein (Jr., Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) served for the match and team win at 5-3 in the third set against Zachary Held. Held broke Wellstein’s serve and eventually won the match 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
“We played a team that was better than us today and it was dead even,” assistant coach Dave Schilling said. “We were tied at 3-3 and it came down to Wellstein’s match. He has pulled us out of trouble before but wasn’t able to do it this time. While coach Tucker and I are disappointed by the loss we’re encouraged to see a team that hasn’t had much success in the past few years come out and give everything they’ve got. The team is gaining confidence in their ability to win. Tomorrow is a big test. If they can bounce back from today’s loss with a win tomorrow then we will see what this team is really made of.”
The Buckeyes will face Michigan State tomorrow at the Stickney Tennis Center at 1 p.m.
Michigan 4, Ohio State 3
April 22, 2000
Stickney Tennis Center
No. 34 Carlson/Porter, OSU def. Wright/Beam, MI
Long/Held, MI def. DeFalco/Wellstein, OSU
Metz/Scale, OSU def. Chris Shaya/McCain, MI
No. 68 Matt Wright, MI def. Andrew Carlson, OSU
Chris Porter, OSU def. John Long, MI
Phil Metz, OSU def. Henry Beam, MI
Danny McCain, MI def. Vince Ng, OSU
Ben Cox, MI def. Derek DeFalco, OSU
Zachary Held, MI def. Bob Wellstein, OSU
6-4, 3-6, 7-5