Jan. 23, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – – The No. 11 Ohio State men’s tennis team wrapped up competition Sunday at the Rice Invitational in Houston, Texas. Six Buckeyes represented the team and faced opponents from Baylor, the defending national champion, Kentucky, Rice, Texas, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Texas San Antonio, Abilene Christian and Tyler Junior College. Sophomore Buckeye Devin Mullings, ranked No. 40 in the nation and the No. 4 seed of the tournament, advanced to the semifinal round in singles action. He fell, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, in the semifinal match to Baylor’s Benjamin Becker, the 2004 NCAA Singles champion and the No. 2 seed of the tournament.

In the doubles bracket, sophomores Joey Atas (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Chris Klingemann (Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) advanced to the final match after knocking off opponents from Baylor and Rice. The OSU tandem was forced to withdraw from the final match due to tournament delays and travel conflicts. Hubert Chodkiewicz and Travis Helgeson of Texas won the doubles final by walk-out.

Atas, the No. 7 seed in the singles bracket, advanced to the consolation semifinal round. Atas fell short of the consolation final match after he suffered a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Baylor’s Vladimir Portnov.

Up next, Ohio State plays host to Butler and Xavier in their 2005 home opener Friday at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in Columbus.

Rice Invite Complete Results-
Singles Main Draw

Round of 32
#4 Devin Mullings (OSU) def. Ricardo Almeida (UTSA), 6-0, 6-2
Drew Eberly (OSU) def. Gonzalo Figuereido (Texas A&M), 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
Chris Klingemann (OSU) def. Rodrigo Gabriel (Rice), 6-2, 7-5
Andrey Kumantsov (Texas A&M) def. #7 Joey Atas (OSU), 6-4, 6-4
#8 Travis Helgeson (Texas) def. Dennis Mertens (OSU), Def (ill)
Filip Zivojinovic (Rice) def. Dominic Ozanne (OSU), 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16
#4 Mullings (OSU) def. Tony Haerle (Rice), 6-3, 6-2
#3 Robert Searle (Rice) def. Eberly (OSU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
#1 Benedikt Dorsch (Baylor) def. Klingemann (OSU), 6-3, 6-1
#4 Mullings (OSU) def. #6 Roger Gubser (Texas), 6-2, 6-2
#2 Benjamin Becker (Baylor) def. #4 Mullings (OSU), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
Singles Consolation Draw
Round of 16
#7 Atas (OSU) def. Marcus Lunt (Tyler JC), 6-1, 6-1
Ozanne (OSU) def. Hetori Chaves (UTSA), 6-3, 6-4
Dennis Andrade (UTSA) def. Mertens (OSU), Def (ill)
#7 Atas (OSU) def. Milan Mihailovic (Texas), 7-6, 6-7, 10-4
Jose Rivera (OSU) def. Ozanne (OSU), 6-4, 7-6
Vladimir Portnov (Baylor) def. #7 Atas (OSU), 6-4, 6-4

Doubles Main Draw
Round of 16
#2 Atas/Klingemann (OSU) def. Reckewey/Shearer (Baylor), 8-4
Mullings/Ozanne (OSU) def. #3 Almeida/Andrade (UTSA), 8-6
#4 Harknett/Searle (Rice) def. Eberly/Mertens (OSU), 8-3
#2 Atas/Klingemann (OSU) def. Haerle/Zivojinovic (Rice), 9-8
Mullings/Ozanne (OSU) def. Becker/Portnov (Baylor), Wo (inj)
#2 Atas/Klingemann (OSU) def. Harknett/Searle (Rice), 9-7
Chodkiewicz/Helgeson (Texas) def. Mullings/Ozanne (OSU), Def
Chodkiewicz/Helgeson (Texas) def. #2 Atas/Klingemann (OSU), Wo (em)

Doubles Consolation Draw
Eberly/Mertens (OSU) def. Blandin/Figuereido (Texas A&M), Def (ill)
Reckewey/Shearer (Baylor) def. Eberly/Mertens (OSU), 8-3