COLUMBUS, Ohio The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team beat Michigan State, 6-1, Sunday at the Michigan State Indoor Tennis Facility in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes improve to 78-5 in their last 83 contests, including the postseason. Michigan State drops to 11-8 on the season.
Ohio State now has won 29-consecutive Big Ten matches. Head coach Ty Tucker has guided the Buckeyes to seven 20-win seasons in his eight years as head coach.
With the win over the Spartans, who are ranked 70th in the nation, Ohio State (20-1, 3-0) moves to 14-1 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 No. 59 Alex Forger and Billy Gardner at the top doubles spot by an 8-2 margin. Justin Kronauge and Shuhei Uzawa paired up at No. 2 doubles and were upset by John Allare, the older brother of current Buckeye freshman tennis player Matt, and Adam Monich by a 9-8 score.
The doubles point came down to the match at the No. 3 spot. Balazs Novak and Mike O’Connell clinched the point by beating Nick Rinks and Tyler Sauerbrey in a tough contest at the No. 3 spot. The Ohio State pair claimed the match by a 9-8 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.
At the top singles spot, the 24th-ranked native of Long Island, N.Y., Koniecko claimed a 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 96 Rinks.
Novak, a freshman from Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, handed Sauerbrey a 6-0, 6-2 loss at No. 4 singles to put Ohio State up 3-0. Classmate Uzawa, a native of Chiba, Japan, sealed the match for the Buckeyes by dropping John Stratton, 6-4, 6-0, at the fifth spot.
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 Monich, 7-6, 6-0. Alten-Busick, Germany, native Moneke faced Allare at the No. 2 spot. The Buckeye junior, who is ranked 27th, dropped Allare 6-3, 6-3.
Sophomore Mike O’Connell was the lone Buckeye to fall on the day. The Toledo, Ohio, native lost to Clark Richardson, 7-6, 6-2.
Ohio State remains on the road for a match against No. 38 Indiana at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 2) in Bloomington. The Buckeyes then return to Columbus for three matches. Ohio State plays a double header Friday (April 4) against Northwestern and Toledo at noon and 6 p.m., respectively. The Scarlet and Gray then host Wisconsin at noon Sunday (April 6). All home matches are scheduled to be played at the Buckeyes’ outdoor facility, Stickney Tennis Center.
No. 2 Ohio State 6, No. 70 Michigan State 1
March 30, 2008
East Lansing, Mich.
MSU Indoor Tennis Facility
1. No. 24 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. No. 96 Nick Rinks (MSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. No. 27 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. John Allare (MSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. No. 19 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Adam Monich (MSU) 7-6, 6-0
4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Tyler Sauerbrey (MSU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. John Stranton (MSU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Clark Richardson (MSU) def. Mike O’Connell (OSU) 7-6, 6-2
1. No. 29 Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. No. 52 Alex Forger/Billy Gardner (MSU) 8-2
2. John Allare/Adam Monich (MSU) def. Justin Kronauge/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) 9-8
3. Balazs Novak/Mike O’Connell (OSU) def. Tyler Sauerbrey/Nick Rinks (MSU) 9-8
Michigan State 11-8; National ranking No. 70
Ohio State 20-1; National ranking No. 2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,5,3,2,6)