April 4, 2002
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COLUMBUS, Ohio— The No. 14 Ohio State men’s tennis team (15-2 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) plays host to the No. 66 Michigan State Spartans (13-7, 1-4 Big Ten) at noon Saturday and the No. 30 Michigan Wolverines (11-5 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) at noon Sunday, April 7. Both matches will be held at the Stickney Tennis Center, weather permitting. This weekend marks the beginning of OSU’s four-match homestand.
BUCKEYE WINNING STREAK
OSU earned its 12th-consecutive victory this season against Louisville. The Buckeyes will attempt to break the team record of 16-consecutive wins, which was achieved last season.
HIGHEST RANKING IN HISTORY
The Buckeyes reached No. 12 on March 20 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, this was highest ranking in the history of men’s tennis program. Last season the highest ranking OSU reached was No. 16.
NG REACHED MILESTONE
Vince Ng (Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/University School) surpassed 30 victories this year last week. Ng defeated Coastal Carolina’s Gautam Padahaban (6-1, 6-1) to reach 30 wins this year. Ng had two wins last weekend against Nebraska’s Joel Reckewey, 6-1, 6-2, and Iowa’s Justin Gaard, 7-5, 6-4. Ng is 33-6 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten this season. He is on his way to surpassing his 2000-01 record of 33-11. Ng is 16-1 in duals this season, his loss was against Virginia Tech’s Stephanie Rod, 8-5.
WARKENTIN WINNING STREAK
Freshman Paul Warkentin has won his last eight singles matches. Warkentin scored the game point against Minnesota by defeating Avery Ticer in three sets, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. He also defeated Xavier’s Ryan Potts, 8-1 and Indiana State’s Dalivar Mihaljovic, 6-2, 6-4. On the road Warkentin defeated Penn State’s Josh Rubens, 6-4, 6-4, and Coastal Carolina’s Arnaud Caffin, 7-5, 6-4. Warkentin is making an impact for the Buckeyes, he is 20-6 overall and 13-3 in duals this spring.
BUCKEYES IN BIG TEN
The Buckeyes are 4-0 in the Big Ten Conference so far this season. The team kicked off the Big Ten season with a victory against Wisconsin 6-1.OSU has defeated Minnesota, Penn State, and Iowa this season. Ty Tucker, OSU head coach, has lead the Buckeyes to a 22-7 record in the Big Ten in his three years at the helm. Tucker also led the team to the Big Ten tournament championship in the 2000-01 season. OSU’s all-time record against opponents in the Big Ten is 259-349-2.
METZ RANKED NO. 25
Phil Metz (Jr., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) is 14-8 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten. Metz is OSU’s top rated player at No. 25. Metz is 7-3 against nationally-ranked opponents with defeats to then No. 16 Mario Toledo and No. 17 Romain Ambert. Last time out, Metz lost a tough match to Iowa’s Stuart Waters, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
Jeremy Wurtzman (So., Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse Academy (Fla.), currently ranked No. 27, is 26-11 overall and 13-4 in duals. This season Wurtzman has defeated three nationally-ranked opponents: Vanderbilt’s then ranked No. 63 Bobby Reynolds (7-6, 7-6), Alabama’s then ranked No. 36 Max Belski (7-6, 6-2), and Louisville’s No. 121 Cody Conley (6-4,6-4). Last weekend, Wurtzman defeated Nebraska’s Lance Mills, 6-2, 6-2, and Iowa’s Jake Wilson, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Adrian Bohane (So., West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes) is ranked No. 111 in singles in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Bohane is 21-11 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten this season. Bohane is 5-4 this year against nationally-ranked opponents in singles. He defeated Alabama’s No. 96 Chris Gostek, 6-4, 6-1, and Indiana State’s No. 113 Lovre Brajkovic, 6-1, 6-2. In the Big Ten, Bohane defeated Wisconsin’s Scott Rutherford, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, Penn State’s Brad Nudell, 6-2, 6-4, and Iowa’s Petar Mandle, 6-1, 6-3.
KIRSKEY KICKING IT INTO GEAR
Ben Kirskey (So., Canton, Ohio/McKinley), despite not having a lot of playing time this season, is kicking it into gear when he is on the court. Kirskey is 7-0 in duals and 12-9 overall in singles. Some of Kirskey’s defeats include Toledo’s Todd Wojtkowski (6-2, 6-3), Butler’s Abel Contretras (6-1, 6-2), and Coastal Carolina’s Mohammed El Bouzkouri, 6-4, 6-4. Last time out, Kirskey defeated Nebraska’s Jose Rivera, 6-4, 6-3.
TUCKER ENTERS THIRD YEAR
Ty Tucker is in his third season as the head coach of the Buckeye tennis program and is coming off a campaign in which the Buckeyes made their second-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, captured the championship of the Big Ten tournament and saw Tucker tabbed as the conference coach of the year. Tucker served as an assistant under John Daly for two years (1997-99) in which the Buckeyes went without a win in conference play. Since taking the reigns at OSU, Tucker’s squads have gone 54-17 overall with a 22-7 mark in the Big Ten.
COACH ACHIEVED MILESTONE
The victory over Penn State on March 17 marked the 50th career victory for OSU head coach Ty Tucker. Tucker’s career record is currently 54-17 in his third season.
SCOUTING REPORT: NO. 66 MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State is 13-7 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Last time out, the Spartans were defeated by No. 30 Michigan, 5-2. Head coach Gene Orlando is in his 11th season at the helm of the Spartans. Orlando’s career record is 154-193 and record at MSU is 123-153.
BUCKEYES VS. SPARTANS
Saturday’s match will be the 65th meeting between the two teams. OSU is at 29-35 vs. Michigan State in the all-time series. The Buckeyes have shutout MSU the past two seasons.
SCOUTING REPORT: NO. 30 MICHIGAN
Michigan is 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten. UM defeated No. 66 Michigan State, 5-2, Wednesday. The Wolverines recently upset No. 4 Notre Dame, 4-3. Head coach Mark Mees is in his third season with the Wolverines.
BUCKEYES VS. WOLVERINES
Ohio State is down 11-73-1 to Michigan in the all-time series. The match Sunday will be the teams 86th meeting. The Buckeyes have not beaten the Wolverines since the 1992-93 season when OSU defeated them, 4-3, in a dual match and again, 4-2, in the Big Ten championship.
METZ AND NG MOVING UP IN WINS
Metz currently has 78 career wins in singles. Last season, Metz ended with 64 wins. Ng moved into the top career singles wins chart this season. Ng currently has 71 career wins.
CAREER SINGLES WINS 1. Roger Smith 1983-86 126 2. Mike Massie 1983-86 113 3. Ernie Fernandez 1979-82 109 4. Chris Porter 1997-01 106 5. Kevin Dibelius 1987-90 91 6. Chris Gatt 1986-89 89 7. Doug Bloom 1993-96 87 8. Stephen Miguel 1987-90 84 9. Richard Berry 1984-87 82 10. Sam Sebastin 1991-93 78 Phil Metz 2000-02 78 12. Gabor Koves 1990-93 77 13. Lior Rusinek 1980-83 76 14. Vince Ng 1999-02 71 15. Mark Wortzman 1994-97 68 16. Jason Homorody 1993-96 67 17. Andrew Carlson 1996-01 66 18. Ben Basil 1996-99 65 Ted Glavas 1986-89 65 Jeff Sparr 1982-85 65 21. Ty Tucker 1989-91 64 Scott Weisman 1985-88 64
LAST TIME OUT: LOUISVILLE
The Buckeyes defeated the Louisville Cardinals, 4-1, Wednesday in Louisville, Ky. OSU could not hold the Cardinals in doubles, but they showed their power by scoring four points in singles sets to win the match.
ON THE DEFENSIVE
OSU won 10-of-12 home matches a year ago and will have another tough slate in Columbus with Michigan and Indiana both ranked in the top 50 last year.
The larger defensive task will come April 25-28 at the Stickney Tennis Center when the Buckeyes try to win their second-consecutive Big Ten tournament championship.
2002 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
The Ohio State University will play host to the 2002 Big Ten Tournament at the Stickney Tennis Center April 25-28. All 11 teams will compete for their chance to earn the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes are the defending tournament champions after defeating Illinois, 4-2, last year at Wisconsin.
NEXT TIME OUT
Ohio State plays their last home matches against Indiana at noon April 13 and Purdue at noon April 14 at Stickney Tennis Center.