COLUMBUS, Ohio The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team beat No. 27 Notre Dame, 6-1, Friday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in Notre Dame, Ind. The Buckeyes improve to 77-5 in their last 82 contests, including the postseason. Notre Dame drops to 10-7 on the season.
With the win over the No. 27 Fighting Irish, Ohio State moves to 13-1 against ranked teams in 2008, including victories over the Nos. 2 (Georgia), 5 (Ole Miss), 6 (USC) and 9 (Baylor) teams in the country.
Ohio State began the match by winning the doubles point. Justin Kronauge and Shuhei Uzawa paired up at No. 3 doubles and won their match by an 8-2 score over Tyler Davis and Stephen Havens. The tandem of Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko, ranked 29th in the country, beat Santiago Montoya and Andrew Roth, at No. 2 doubles, by an 8-4 margin.
The No. 25-ranked duo of Matt Allare and Mike O’Connell were upset by Brett Helgeson and Sheeva Parbhu in a hard fought match at the top doubles spot. The Notre Dame pair claimed the match by a 9-7 score.
Heading into singles action with a 1-0 lead, the Buckeyes continued their dominance, winning four of the six singles matches in straight sets.
At the top singles spot, the 24th-ranked native of Long Island, N.Y., Koniecko claimed a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 43 Helgeson.
Alten-Busick, Germany, native Moneke faced No. 83 Parbhu at the No. 2 spot. The Buckeye junior, who is ranked 27th, dropped Parbhu 6-3, 6-4. Kronauge, a sophomore out of Centerville, Ohio, who is ranked No. 19, clinched the match for the Scarlet and Gray at No. 3 singles as he beat Roth, 7-6, 6-2.
Freshman Balazs Novak, of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, handed David Anderson a 6-1, 6-4 loss at No. 5 singles. Classmate Uzawa, a native of Chiba, Japan, followed suit, dropping Havens 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 at the fourth spot.
Sophomore Mike O’Connell was the lone Buckeye to fall on the day. The Toledo, Ohio, native lost to Daniel Stahl. With the match already decided and after the players split the first two sets, a tie-break was played instead of a complete third set.
Ohio State returns to Big Ten Conference play Sunday when it takes on No. 73 Michigan State at noon in East Lansing and No. 38 Indiana at 1:30 p.m. April 2 in Bloomington.
No. 2 Ohio State 6, No. 27 Notre Dame 1
March 28, 2008
South Bend, Ind.
Eck Tennis Pavilion
1. No. 24 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. No. 43 Brett Helgeson (UND) 6-4, 6-2
2. No. 27 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. No. 83 Sheeva Parbhu (UND) 6-3, 6-4
3. No. 19 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Andrew Roth (UND) 6-2, 7-6
4. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Stephen Havens (UND) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. David Anderson (UND) 6-1, 6-4
6. Daniel Stahl (UND) def. Mike O’Connell (OSU) 7-6, 3-6, 1-0
1. Brett Helgeson/Sheeva Parbhu (UND) def. No. 25 Matt Allare/Mike O’Connell (OSU) 9-7
2. No. 29 Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Santiago Montoya/Andrew Roth (UND) 8-4
3. Justin Kronauge/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Tyler Davis/Stephen Havens (UND) 8-2
Notre Dame 10-7; National ranking No. 27
Ohio State 19-1; National ranking No. 2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,3,5,6,4)