Feb. 6, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State men’s tennis team fell to No. 17 Tulane and No. 18 Washington over weekend tournament action at the Washington Invitational at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle. With the two losses, the Buckeyes fell to 2-2 this season.

The Washington Invitational featured four teams, No. 11 Ohio State, No. 17 Tulane, No. 18 Washington and No. 43 Minnesota. The shootout was structured as round robin play, with each team playing each other once. There was no match between Minnesota and Ohio State.

Against Tulane, Ohio State gained a 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point. The junior duo of Scott Green (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) and Ross Wilson (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales), ranked No. 1 in the country, picked up their 11th-straight victory this season as they defeated Tulane’s Dmitry Koch and Alberto Sottocorno, 8-5. Dennis Mertens (So., Braaschatt, Belgium/Koninkiljk) and Drew Eberly (Fr., Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) also won their doubles match at the No. 3 spot as the pair topped Tulane’s Jonah Kane-West and David Goulet, 8-4.

Tulane took four-of-six singles matches for the 4-3 win over Ohio State. Sophomore Buckeye Devin Mullings (Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory), ranked No. 40 in the nation, and junior Wilson both won their matches at the Nos. 2 and 6 singles positions. Mullings defeated No. 59 Koch, 6-3, 6-1, and Wilson handed Tulane’s Kane-West a 6-1, 6-0 loss.

In the Washington-Ohio State match, the Huskies jumped ahead with a pair of wins to take the doubles point. Joey Atas (So., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Chris Klingemann (So., Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent), ranked No. 28 in the nation, fell to seniors Alex Vlaski and Christoph Palmanshofer, 8-4, at the No. 1 position. Washington clinched the doubles point at the No. 3 spot as Alex Slovic and Andy Kuharszky defeated Ohio State’s Green and Mertens, 8-4.

In singles action, Ohio State evened the match at 1-1 when Wilson won his No. 6 singles match over Washington’s Chris Floyd. The Huskies regained the lead after OSU’s Klingemann fell at the No. 1 spot to Vlaski, 6-3, 6-2. Washington’s Kuharszky gave his team a 3-1 edge as he defeated Buckeye Green, 6-3, 6-4. The Huskies clinched the match win on the No. 2 court as No. 79 Palmanshofer topped Ohio State’s Mullings, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Ohio State will be back in Columbus Friday as the squad hosts No. 20 Arkansas at 4 p.m. at Jesse Owens West Tennis Center. The Buckeyes are undefeated in their last 19 matches at home. The home win streak dates back to the 2003 season starting with a 5-2 win over Purdue April 6. On Sunday, Ohio State hits the road as they face fourth-ranked Georgia in Athens, Ga.

No. 17 Tulane 4 No. 11 Ohio State 3

Doubles 1. #1 Green/Wilson (OSU) def. Kock/Sottocorno (TU) 8-5 2. #28 Atas/Klingemann (OSU) vs. #54 Angelinos/Hernandez (TU) DNF 3. Eberly/Mertens (OSU) def. Kane-West/Goulet (TU) 8-4

Singles 1. #81 David Goulet (TU) def. #124 Chris Klingemann (OSU) 6-2, 6-2 2. #40 Devin Mullings (OSU) def. #59 Dmitriy Koch (TU) 6-3, 6-1 3. Jacobo Hernandez (TU) def. #67 Joey Atas (OSU) 7-5, 6-3 4. Ted Angelinos (TU) def. Scott Green (OSU) 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 (1) 5. Alberto Sottocorno (TU) def. Dennis Mertens (OSU) 6-1, 6-4 6. Ross Wilson (OSU) def. Jonah Kane-West (TU) 6-1, 6-0

No. 18 Washington 4 No. 11 Ohio State 1

Doubles 1. Palmanshofer/Vlaski (UW) def. #28 Atas/Klingemann (OSU) 8-4 2. Chu/Scharler (UW) vs. #24 Wilson/Eberly (OSU) DNF 3. Kuharszky/Slovic (UW) def. Green/Mertens (OSU) 8-4

Singles 1. Alex Vlaski (UW) def. #124 Chris Klingemann (OSU) 6-3, 6-2 2. #79 Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. #40 Devin Mullings (OSU) 7-6 (2), 6-2 3. Daniel Chu (UW) vs. #67 Joey Atas (OSU) DNF 4. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Scott Green (OSU) 6-3, 6-4 5. Peter Scharler (UW) vs. Dennis Mertens (OSU) DNF 6. Ross Wilson (OSU) def. Chris Floyd (UW) 6-4, 6-2