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COLUMBUS, Ohio- Justin Kronauge, a senior co-captain on the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team, was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the second time this year the conference announced Tuesday. It is Kronauge’s fifth-career conference weekly honor.

The laurel brings the Buckeyes’ total to eight this season, which leads the league. Sophomore Chase Buchanan has four awards in 2010 to lead the Scarlet and Gray. Kronauge earned the accolade Feb. 2, while freshman Dino Marcan has two (Jan. 19 and Feb. 16).

A Dayton, Ohio, native Kronauge won four doubles matches and four singles matches to help the Buckeyes improve to 18-1 overall, downing No. 41 LSU (4-2) March 23, No. 7 Georgia (4-2) March 25, No. 62 Penn State (7-0) and Cleveland State (4-0) March 28.

In wins against LSU and Georgia, Kronauge defeated Stefan Szacinski 6-4, 6-1 and No. 96 Nate Schnugg 6-3, 6-2, respectively. In the Buckeyes’ second Big Ten match of the year against Penn State, the 2008 ITA All-American downed Ryan Gormely 6-1, 7-6 (7-5). He is now 27-4 overall in his career in Big Ten matches. In the evening match vs. the Vikings, the senior only lost two games in a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Robert Fox to help improve the Buckeyes’ home win streak to 103 consecutive matches.

With the four singles wins, Kronauge is tied for second on the all-time career wins list with former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03) with 132 victories.

Justin Kronauge vs. No. 41 LSU
March 23, 2010
Singles
2. No. 26 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) – 6-4, 6-1
Doubles
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Stefan Szacinski/David Roberts (LSU) – 8-3

Justin Kronauge vs. No. 7 Georiga
March 25, 2010
Singles
1. No. 26 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. No. 96 Nate Schnugg (UGA) – 6-3, 6-2
Doubles
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Bo Seal/Christian Vitulli (UGA)-9-8 (7-4)

Justin Kronauge vs. No. 62 Penn State
March 28, 2010
Singles
2. No. 26 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Ryan Gormley (PSU)- 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles
2. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Eddie Bourchier/Taylor Cohen (PSU) – 8-5

Justin Kronauge vs. Cleveland State
Singles

3. No. 26 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Robert Fox (CSU) – 6-0, 6-2
Doubles
3. Justin Kronauge/Mike O’Connell (OSU) def. Phil Orno/Aris Spirtos (CSU) – 8-0

Justin Kronauge Big Ten Athlete of the Week Honors
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