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