COLUMBUS, Ohio The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team beat Purdue, 7-0, Sunday at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes improve to 26-1 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten Conference, while Purdue drops to 4-14 and 2-6 in the league.
If the Buckeyes win both their matches next weekend against Penn State and Michigan, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, they will clinch their third-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title.
Ohio State now has won 34-consecutive Big Ten matches and is 84-5 in its last 89 contests, including the postseason.
The Buckeyes returned to the site of the 2007 Big Ten Tournament for the first time since claiming the title last season. At the No. 3 spot Balazs Novak and Mike O’Connell knocked off Eric Ramos and Jose Fuenmayor, 8-6. Justin Kronauge and Drew Eberly, ranked No. 13 in the country, paired up at No. 2 doubles and downed Branko Kuzmanovic and P. J. Rose by an 8-5 score.
The 27th-ranked tandem of Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko beat Griff Nienberg and Slavko Bijelica at the top doubles spot, 8-5, to complete the doubles point sweep for Ohio State.
In a familiar situation, the Buckeyes headed into singles action with a 1-0 advantage. The Scarlet and Gray proceeded to win all six singles contests.
Kronauge, who is ranked No. 17, won his match for the Scarlet and Gray at the top singles spot. The Buckeye sophomore from Centerville, Ohio, claimed a 6-1, 6-1, victory over Kuzmanovic.
Novak, a freshman from Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Eren Turkmenler at No. 6 singles.
Uzawa, of Chiba, Japan, won his match against Nienberg by a 6-0, 6-2 margin at No. 5 singles.
Ranked 18th in the nation, Koniecko, a native of Long Island, N.Y., downed Slavko Bijelica at No. 2 singles by a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 margin.
An Alten-Busick, Germany, native, Moneke faced Rose at No. 2 singles. Moneke, ranked 33rd, claimed his match by a 6-2, 7-6 score. Eberly completed the sweep when he beat Ramos at No. 4 singles. The Lake Forest, Ill., native won 7-5, 4-6, 1-0.
Ohio State returns to Columbus for its final homestand of the regular season next weekend. The Buckeyes welcome Penn State and Michigan Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both matches will be held at Stickney Tennis Center, weather permitting. Both matches will take place at noon.
No. 2 Ohio State 7, No. 75 Purdue 0
April 13, 2008
West Lafayette, Ind.
Schwartz Tennis Center
1. No. 17 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Branko Kuzmanovic (PU) 6-1, 6-1
2. No. 18 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Slavko Bijelica (PU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0
3. No. 33 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. P. J. Rose (PU) 6-2, 7-6
4. No. 112 Drew Eberly (OSU) def. Eric Ramos (PU) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0
5. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Griff Nienberg (PU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Eren Turkmenler (PU) 6-0, 6-1
1. No. 27 Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Griff Nienberg/Slavko Bijelica (PU) 8-5
2. No. 13 Drew Eberly/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Branko Kuzmanovic/P. J. Rose (PU) 8-5
3. Balazs Novak/Mike O’Connell (OSU) def. Eric Ramos/Jose Fuenmayor (PU) 8-6
Purdue 4-14; National ranking No. 75
Ohio State 26-1; National ranking No. 2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,5,2,3,4)