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COLUMBUS, Ohio – On familiar courts at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio, the No. 4-seed Ohio State men’s tennis team downed Western Michigan, 4-0, Saturday in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Team Championship. Serving as host of the opening rounds of the NCAA championships, the Buckeyes extended their home win streak to 109 matches and will face No. 26 Michigan at noon Sunday in the second round. Earlier in the day, the 26th-ranked Wolverines beat No. 36 Denver, 4-1.

 Sophomore Devin McCarthy received the starting nod at No. 6 singles against the Broncos and posted a straight-set 6-4, 6-0 victory over Brad Noel to wrap up the Buckeye victory. McCarthy, who hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, earned his first NCAA championship singles win and now owns a 13-0 dual-match record that is backed by a nine-match win streak.

For the 30th time this season, the Scarlet and Gray won the doubles point and did so in impressive fashion. The Nos. 1 and 3 Buckeye tandems only gave up five games. Included among the wins was an 8-1 triumph by senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak over Pablo Olivarez and Noel at No. 3. Kronauge’s doubles win moves him in a tie (Bryan Koniecko: 2006-09) for first place on the program’s all-time doubles wins list with 125. Kronauge and Novak have excelled on the court this season. The pair currently owns a 19-0 record, capturing 17 wins at No. 3. 

Not long after, the ninth-ranked duo of Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan handed Michael and Thomas Calderone an 8-4 loss and Ohio State gained a 1-0 advantage. Winning 18 of their last 19 matches, Buchanan and Marcan have a 15-2 mark at the top of the lineup.  

Junior Matt Allare is not one to spend a lot of unnecessary time on the courts and his speedy game propelled the Buckeyes to a 2-0 lead following his 6-1, 6-3 win against Zeyad Montasser on court five. A native of Mason, Ohio, Allare improves to 24-5 overall and 7-1 at No. 5 singles.

Balazs Novak relinquished only two games in his 6-2, 6-0 win vs. Simon Blomberg at No. 4 singles. Riding a 16-match win streak, Novak is 35-6 overall, including a 16-1 ledger on court four.   

Tennis Match Results
Western Michigan 0 vs. No. 4 Ohio State 4
May 15, 2010
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Singles competition
1. No. 8 Chase Buchanan (OSU) vs. Michael Calderone (WMU) 6-3, 5-6, unfinished
2. No. 23 Justin Kronauge (OSU) vs. Kazuya Komada (WMU) 6-1, 4-4, unfinished
3. Dino Marcan (OSU) vs. Pablo Olivarez (WMU) 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Simon Blomberg (WMU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Zeyad Montasser (WMU) 6-1, 6-3
6. No. 120 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Brad Noel (WMU) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. No. 9 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Michael Calderone/Thomas Calderone (WMU) 8-4
2. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) vs. Kazuya Komada/Zeyad Montasser (WMU) 7-5, unfinished
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Pablo Olivarez/Brad Noel (WMU) 8-1

Match Notes:
Western Michigan 21-11
Ohio State 33-1; National ranking No. 4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,4,6)
2010 Division I Men’s Tennis Championship – First and Second Rounds
T-1:30 

Michigan Nabs NCAA First-Round Win vs. Denver
Wolverines post 4-1 victory to advance to Second Round Sunday
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 26th-ranked Michigan men’s tennis team faced 36th-ranked Denver in a tough battle over 3 hours and 41 minutes, but defeated the Pioneers, 4-1, in a first round matchup of the 2010 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship Saturday at Stickney Tennis Center on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus.
 
The Wolverines (14-10) took two doubles victories for the first point. The No. 2 UM doubles of George Navas and Mike Sroczynski finished first with an 8-5 win over Denver’s Yannick Weihs and Jens Vorkefeld. The Pioneer pair of Fabio Biasion and Enej Bonin then evened things up with an 8-6 victory against Chris Madden and Chris Cha.
 
The point was decided when the 31st-ranked duo of Jason Jung and Evan King from Michigan defeated David Simson and Andrew Landwerlen, 8-4.
 
In singles action, Bonin notched a point for Denver (19-5) with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Sroczynski at No. 3, but the Wolverines took the next three points to advance to the Second Round.
 
Playing at No. 2, King topped Simson, 6-2, 6-3, then Cha finished his three-set victory against Landwerlen, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. No. 38-ranked Jung, at the No. 1 spot, sealed the Michigan win with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Weihs.
 
Michigan will play the winner of the Ohio State/Western Michigan match Sunday at noon. Live scoring is available through www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
 
 
Tennis Match Results
No. 36 Denver 1 vs. No. 26 Michigan 4
May 15, 2010
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

 
Singles competition
1. No. 38 Jason Jung (MICH) def. Yannick Weihs (DENVER) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Evan King (MICH) def. David Simson (DENVER) 6-2, 6-3
3. Enej Bonin (DENVER) def. Mike Sroczynski (MICH) 6-3, 6-3
4. Chris Madden (MICH) vs. Fabio Biasion (DENVER) 7-5, 4-4, unfinished
5. George Navas (MICH) vs. Jens Vorkefeld (DENVER) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), unfinished
6. Chris Cha (MICH) def. Andrew Landwerlen (DENVER) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
 
Doubles competition
1. No. 31 Jason Jung/Evan King (MICH) def. David Simson/Andrew Landwerlen (DENVER) 8-4
2. George Navas/Mike Sroczynski (MICH) def. Yannick Weihs/Jens Vorkefeld (DENVER) 8-5
3. Fabio Biasion/Enej Bonin (DENVER) def. Chris Madden/Chris Cha (MICH) 8-6
 
Match Notes:
Denver 19-5; National ranking No. 36
Michigan 14-10; National ranking No. 26
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,6,1)
2010 Division I Men’s Tennis Championship – First and Second Rounds
T-3:41