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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Matt Allare, Balazs Novak and Shuhei Uzawa, seniors on the fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team, were named 2011 team captains head coach Ty Tucker announced.

“Matt, Balazs and Shuhei have been great teammates for the past three seasons,” Tucker said. “It was a no brainer they would lead the 2010-11 team. We have been looking forward to this season and we thank these three student-athletes for their hard work on and off the court.”

The trio has been instrumental in the Buckeyes’ 7-0 record so far in 2011. Allare, a native of Mason, Ohio, paces the group with 12 victories against three losses, including a 3-1 mark in dual competition. Meanwhile, Novak, who hails from Budapest, Hungary, is currently on a seven-match win streak. Novak’s streak is second-best (tie) on the team behind only Peter Kobelt’s nine-match win streak. Novak is 11-2 overall and boasts a 7-0 mark in dual play. Uzawa, who grew up in Chiba, Japan, is 4-3 overall, but has only seen action in one dual meet so far as the rest of his victories came during fall tournament play.

Prior to this season, the three seniors won a combined 244 singles matches. In 2010, each player claimed at least 20 wins. Allare was 25-5 overall in singles and 23-13 in doubles last season.
When paired with Uzawa in doubles last year, the duo went 22-13 overall, which was tied for the team lead.

Novak picked up where he left off the previous two seasons in 2008 and 2009, going 37-7 in singles and 37-3 in doubles, both team highs in 2010. During the season, Novak was an important contributor in the singles lineup with a combined 31-4 record at the Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 positions.

Uzawa put together a good 2010 season. He was 20-16 in singles and 25-13 overall in doubles. In singles, Uzawa was perfect at No. 3 with a 4-0 mark and was 22-13 in doubles play when paired with Allare.

The trio also has been so successful in the Big Ten, here is one final note: The three have combined for a career Big Ten singles record of 40-4.

Ohio State will return to the courts at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Varsity Tennis Center when it hosts No. 33 LSU.