COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 26 Michigan, 6-1, Sunday at Stickney Tennis Center. The Buckeyes (24-1; 6-0 Big Ten) remain at the top of the Big Ten, giving the Wolverines their first conference loss of the season.
Ohio State improves its home win streak to 106 consecutive matches, while increasing its conference win streak to 59 consecutive matches. The Buckeyes are now 110-5 in their last 115 league matches, including postseason play. Ohio State is now 17-0 at home this season.
Highlighting the day was senior co-captain Justin Kronauge. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Kronauge won a doubles and singles match to move to first place on the program’s all-time combined career wins list with 255 victories (117, 138), passing former Buckeye Bryan Koniecko (2006-09). In doubles, paired with junior Balazs Novak, the duo downed Chris Madden and Chris Cha, 8-3, at No. 3. In singles, Kronauge claimed the record after defeating No. 97 Evan King, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 2 to improve to a team-high 27-3 overall with a 16-match win streak.
“Michigan was a tough team to play against today,” Kronauge said. “It’s important we keep getting better and one of our goals is to win another Big Ten championship and we got closer to that today. It is a special moment to break the record against the Wolverines.”
In doubles, the Buckeyes won the point after dropping the first match at No. 2. Juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa lost, 8-3, against No. 43 Jason Jung and King to fall to 16-8 on the year. At No. 1, sophomore Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan claimed the first point of the match, winning in a close 9-7 victory against No. 33 George Navas and Mike Sroczynski. The Buckeye duo maintains its win streak of 10 consecutive matches.
In singles, Allare defeated Cha 6-2, 6-3, in the first hour of competition to improve to 19-4 overall with a 9-1 mark at No. 6. No. 88 Marcan sealed the win over the Wolverines after defeating Sroczynski 6-4, 6-2, just seconds later of Kronauge’s record-setting victory. Marcan becomes the fourth Buckeye this season to hit the 20-win mark with a 20-4 ledger in his first year. No. 113 Uzawa lost to Navas 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 to give the Wolverines their only point of the afternoon. Uzawa falls to 17-14 overall.
Buchanan, ranked 12th in the nation, won his 16th match at No. 1 singles, downing No. 41 Jung in a second-set tiebreaker 6-2, 7-6 (9-7). He is 21-4 overall and is now 11-4 vs. nationally-ranked opponents. Novak finished out play for the Buckeyes at No. 5 singles with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Madden to enhance his wins column to 26 matches this year.
The Buckeyes will now travel south to face Mississippi at 2 p.m. April 14 in Oxford.
Tennis Final Match Results
No. 2 Ohio State 6, No. 26 Michigan 1
April 11, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center
1. No. 12 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 41 Jason Jung (MICH) 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
2. No. 36 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. No. 97 Evan King (MICH) 6-3, 6-3
3. No. 88 Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Mike Sroczynski (MICH) 6-4, 6-2
4. George Navas (MICH) def. No. 113 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Chris Madden (MICH) 6-3, 7-5
6. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Chris Cha (MICH) 6-2, 6-3
1. No. 34 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. No. 33 George Navas/Mike Sroczynski (MICH) 9-7
2. No. 43 Jason Jung/Evan King (MICH) def. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) 8-3
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Chris Madden/Chris Cha (MICH) 8-3
*Rankings based from Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings announced March 30
Michigan 10-8; 6-1 Big Ten; National ranking No. 26
Ohio State 24-1; 6-0 Big Ten; National ranking No. 2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,2,3,4,1,5)
Official: Vince Solomon T-3:30 A-242