COLUMBUS, Ohio The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team claimed match one of its doubleheader against Northwestern, 7-0, Friday in the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center. Ohio State will take on Toledo at 6 p.m. tonight. The Buckeyes improve to 22-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten Conference, while Northwestern drops to 7-12 and 0-6 in the league.
Ohio State now has won 31-consecutive Big Ten matches and is 80-5 in its last 85 contests, including the postseason. Head coach Ty Tucker has guided the Buckeyes to eight 20-win seasons in his nine years as head coach. Ohio State has now posted shut outs in five of its nine home matches this season.
Ohio State began the match by winning the doubles point. Justin Kronauge and Drew Eberly, ranked No. 13 in the country, paired up at No. 2 doubles and downed Peter Rispoli and Alexander Thams by an 8-1 score. The 29th ranked tandem of Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko beat Alex Sandborn and Marc Dwyer at the top doubles spot, 8-6.
At the No. 3 spot Balazs Novak and Shuhei Uzawa completed the sweep by beating Andrew McCarthy and David Seyferth, 8-5.
Heading into singles action with a 1-0 lead, the Buckeyes continued their dominance, winning all six singles matches in straight sets.
Senior Dominic Ozanne beat Seyferth at No. 6 singles. The Cleveland, Ohio, native claimed the match 6-1, 6-2.
Koniecko, the 24th-ranked native of Long Island, N.Y., claimed a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Dwyer. Koniecko was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, Wednesday. It was the sixth such award the Buckeyes have claimed this season.
Alten-Busick, Germany, native Moneke faced Sandborn at No. 2 singles. The Buckeye junior, who is ranked 27th, dropped Sandborn 6-1, 6-2.
Novak, a freshman from Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, handed Juan Gomez a 6-1, 6-2 loss at No. 5 singles.
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 Thams, 6-3, 6-3.
Uzawa, a freshman from Chiba, Japan, completed the sweep for the Buckeyes. Uzawa downed Rispoli, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 doubles.
Ohio State concludes its Friday doubleheader when it welcomes Toledo at 6 p.m. tonight in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. The Scarlet and Gray then hosts No. 35 Wisconsin at noon Sunday. All remaining home matches are scheduled to be played at the Buckeyes’ outdoor facility, Stickney Tennis Center weather permitting.
No. 2 Ohio State 7, Northwestern 0
April 4, 2008
OSU Varsity Tennis Center
1. No. 18 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Marc Dwyer (NU), 6-3, 6-1
2. No. 33 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Alex Sandborn (NU), 6-1, 6-2
3. No. 17 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Alexander Thams (NU), 6-2,
4. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Peter Rispoli (NU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Juan Gomez (NU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Dominic Ozanne (OSU) def. David Seyferth (NU), 6-1, 6-2
1. No. 27 Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Alex Sandborn/Marc Dwyer (NU), 8-6
2. No. 13 Justin Kronauge/Drew Eberly (OSU) def. Peter Rispoli/Alexander Thams (NU), 8-1
3. Balazs Novak/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. David Seyferth/Andrew McCarthy (NU), 8-5
Ohio State 22-1; National ranking No. 2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,1,2,5,3,4)