COLUMBUS, Ohio The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team beat No. 39 Indiana, 6-1, Wednesday at the Indiana University Indoor Tennis Facility in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes improve to 21-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten Conference, while Indiana drops to 12-5 and 2-2 in the league.
Ohio State now has won 30-consecutive Big Ten matches and is 79-5 in its last 84 contests, including the postseason. Head coach Ty Tucker has guided the Buckeyes to eight 20-win seasons in his nine years as head coach.
With the win over the Hoosiers, who are ranked 39th in the nation, Ohio State moves to 15-1 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 a hard-fought doubles point. The tandem of Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko, ranked 29th in the country, beat Phillip Eilers and Lachlan Ferguson at the top doubles spot by an 8-6 margin. Justin Kronauge and Shuhei Uzawa paired up at No. 2 doubles, but were upset by Dara McLoughlin and Thomas Richter by a 9-7 score.
The doubles point came down to the match at the No. 3 spot. Balazs Novak and Dominic Ozanne clinched the point by beating Peter Antons and Santiago Gruter in a tough contest at No. 3 doubles. The Ohio State pair claimed the match by a 9-7 score.
Heading into singles action with a 1-0 lead, the Buckeyes continued their dominance, winning five of the six singles matches in straight sets.
Novak, a freshman from Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, handed Gruter a 6-3, 6-0 loss at No. 5 singles. Alten-Busick, Germany, native Moneke faced McLoughlin at the top singles spot. The Buckeye junior, who is ranked 27th, dropped McLoughlin 6-4, 6-3.
Kronauge, a sophomore out of Centerville, Ohio, who is ranked No. 19, won his match for the Scarlet and Gray at No. 3 singles as he beat Eilers, 6-3, 6-3.
The 24th-ranked native of Long Island, N.Y., Koniecko claimed a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Richter. Earlier Wednesday Koniecko was named the Big Ten Player of the Week. It was the sixth such award the Buckeyes have claimed this season.
Uzawa, a freshman from Chiba, Japan, was the lone Buckeye to fall on the day. Uzawa lost to Ferguson, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6).
Ohio State returns to Columbus for three matches. The Buckeyes play a doubleheader Friday against Northwestern and Toledo at noon and 6 p.m., respectively. The Scarlet and Gray then host Wisconsin at noon Sunday. All home matches are scheduled to be played at the Buckeyes’ outdoor facility, Stickney Tennis Center.
No. 2 Ohio State 6, No. 39 Indiana 1
April 2, 2008
IU Indoor Tennis Facility
1. No. 33 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Dara McLoughlin (IU), 6-3, 6-3
2. No. 18 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Thomas Richter (IU), 6-4, 6-3
3. No. 17 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Phillip Eilers (IU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Lachlan Ferguson (IU) def. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Santiago Gruter (IU), 6-3, 6-0
6. Dominic Ozanne (OSU) def. Chris Foster (IU), 7-5, 6-4
1. No. 27 Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Phillip Eilers/Lachlan Ferguson (IU), 8-6
2. Dara McLoughlin/Thomas Richter (IU) def. Justin Kronauge/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU), 9-7
3. Balazs Novak/Dominic Ozanne (OSU) def. Peter Antons/Santiago Gruter (IU), 9-7
Indiana 12-5; National ranking No. 39
Ohio State 21-1; National ranking No. 2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,1,3,2,4,6)