COLUMBUS, Ohio-The No. 44 Ohio State men’s tennis won against No. 53 Northwestern, 4-3, at the Johnson Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill on Saturday. The Buckeyes post a 10-6 overall record, 4-1 in the Big Ten, while the Wildcats fall to 7-9, 1-5 in the Big Ten.

Chris Porter (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Jackson) led the Buckeyes in the No. 1 position to victory over No. 4 (Midwest Region) Brad Erickson, 6-4, 7-6. Andrew Carlson (Jr., Gambrills, Md./Arundel) followed suit with a win over Wildcat Joost Hol, 6-3, 6-4. Buckeye Phil Metz (Fr., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) posted a win over Jackie Jenkins, 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles played a large role in Ohio State’s triumph over Northwestern. Metz and Porter teamed to defeat Northwestern’s Russell Bennett and Jenkins, 8-6. The duo of Derek DeFalco (Jr., Maumee, Ohio/Maumee) and Bob Wellstein (Jr., Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) produced the win to capture the doubles point for Ohio State. DeFalco/Wellstein defeated Jamie Sahara and Josh Axler, 8-3.

Ohio State will play No. 6 Illinois on the road tomorrow at noon (cst) in Champaign, Ill.

Ohio State 4, Northwestern 3
April 8, 2000
Johnson Tennis Center, Evanston, Ill.

Chris Porter, OSU def. Brad Erickson, NU
6-4, 7-6
Andrew Carlson, OSU def. Joost Hol, NU
6-3, 6-4
Phil Metz, OSU def. Jackie Jenkins, NU
6-2, 6-0
Josh Axler, NU def. Derek DeFalco, OSU
2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Russell Bennett, NU def. Bob Wellstein, OSU
6-3, 6-4
Jamie Sahara, NU def. Jon Scale, OSU
5-7, 6-3, 7-5

No. 34 Erickson/Hol, NU def. Carlson/Scale, OSU
Metz/Porter, OSU def. Bennett/Jenkins, NU
DeFalco/Wellstein, OSU def. Sahara/Axler, NU