COLUMBUS, Ohio – When the Ohio State men’s tennis team last lost a home match the date was April 5, 2003. Exactly 2,532 days ago the Buckeyes dropped a 5-2 decision to Big Ten conference rival Illinois. No one can be quite sure what head coach Ty Tucker said to inspire that squad and future teams to come, but nonetheless it worked. One hundred consecutive home wins later, Ohio State has accomplished one of the most impressive feats in all of athletics.
The fourth-ranked Buckeyes (13-1; 1-0 Big Ten) opened their league schedule with a 7-0 win against No. 60 Purdue Friday night and in front of 225 friends, family and fans who wanted to witness history, earned their 100th-straight win in Columbus. No other Big Ten team in any sport has accomplished this feat as Ohio State has won all its home matches the past six seasons.
Also, in the mix of those 100 straight home victories is a 54 consecutive match winning streak against Big Ten opponents. These are numbers that may not be mentioned by the major primetime sports shows, but let it be noted now.
Ohio State began the match winning the doubles point, giving up only seven points between the three matches. Justin Kronauge and Steven Williams clinched the opening point courtesy of an 8-3 victory over Jan Frans Engelbrecht and Matt Mannasse at the No. 3 position. The duo of Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan won, 8-2, at No. 1 over Thomas Wilson and Slavko Bijelica, setting a tone of Buckeye confidence. Not long after already owning a 1-0 lead, the Buckeye pair of Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa downed Eric Ramos and Billy Heuer, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles.
Knowing what was at stake for the Ohio State program, the Scarlet and Gray began the singles portion of the match in inspiring fashion. Four of the six contests were first-set 6-1 victories, while three of the second-set wins were 6-0 wins.
Making his way into the lineup, sophomore Devin McCarthy cemented his place into Buckeye history as his 6-1, 6-0 win lifted Ohio State to the century mark. A Cincinnati, Ohio, native McCarthy defeated Mannasse at No. 6 singles.
Allare once again kept his time on the court short, beating Heuer 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4. Allare has now been the first off the courts in singles competition five times this season and improves to 10-4 on the season.
Owning a 10-1 ledger at No. 1 singles, Buchanan handed Bijelica a 6-1, 6-0 loss. The 23rd ranked player in the nation, Buchanan is 14-4 overall.
Uzawa, No. 91 in the country, posted a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Engelbrecht at No. 5 singles, while No. 30 Kronauge earned a 6-1, 6-2 win against Wilson at No. 3. With the singles win, Kronauge is in sole possession of fourth place in Ohio State career singles wins with 127. His doubles victory gives him 106 for his career, which is fifth all-time in program history.
Marcan, a freshman who is 47th in the ITA rankings, capped the evening with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 win against Ramos.
Ohio State will host Detroit Mercy at 5 p.m. March 18 at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Live updates will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Admission, as always, is free.
No. 60 Purdue 0 vs. No. 4 Ohio State 7
March 12, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
1. No. 23 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Slavko Bijelica (PUR) 6-1, 6-0
2. No. 47 Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Eric Ramos (PUR) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
3. No. 30 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Thomas Wilson (PUR) 6-1, 6-2
4. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Billy Heuer (PUR) 6-1, 6-0
5. No. 91 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Jan Frans Engelbrecht (PUR) 6-2, 6-2
6. Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Matt Mannasse (PUR) 6-1, 6-0
1. Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Thomas Wilson/Slavko Bijelica (PUR) 8-2
2. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Eric Ramos/Billy Heuer (PUR) 8-2
3. Justin Kronauge/Steven Williams (OSU) def. Jan Frans Engelbrecht/Matt Mannasse (PUR) 8-3
Purdue 7-5; National ranking No. 60
Ohio State 13-1; National ranking No. 4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,1,6,5,3,2)
Official: Vince Solomon T-2:20 A-225