COLUMBUS, Ohio The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team will take a break from Big Ten play when it travels to No. 26 LSU for a noon match Sunday at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
The Buckeyes (14-1; 2-0 Big Ten) then will play a doubleheader against The Citadel and Coastal Carolina Wednesday March 19 at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Match times have yet to be determined.
The two-time defending Big Ten conference champion Buckeyes are in the midst of a six-week road swing. Ohio State is coming off two Big Ten road wins against No. 47 Iowa (7-0) and Minnesota (6-1), respectively.
200 AND COUNTING
Ohio State head coach Ty Tucker claimed his 200th career victory against Minnesota March 9 in Minneapolis, Minn. Tucker also captured his 80th Big Ten Conference win against No. 47 Iowa March 7 in Iowa City, Iowa.
STREAKING IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes have won 28-consecutive Big Ten matches. Ohio State has recorded 10-0 records in regular-season play the last two years. In addition, the Scarlet and Gray has claimed the last two Big Ten tournament titles.
BIG TEN RANKINGS
Nine of eleven teams in the Big Ten are ranked in the ITA Top 75.
2. Ohio State
59. Michigan State
65. Penn State
SUCCESS AGAINST THE BEST
Ohio State is 7-1 against teams ranked in the ITA top 75. The Buckeyes have collected wins against No. 5 Ole Miss, No. 6 USC, No. 2 Georgia and No. 9 Baylor. Ohio State’s lone loss came at the hands of No. 1 Virginia in the final of the 2008 ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 18, in Seattle, Wash.
A LOOK AT No. 26 LSU
LSU has won four-consecutive matches coming into its meeting with Ohio State. The Tigers have a record of 8-3 and are 2-2 in the SEC. In its last match, LSU dispatched South Florida, 5-2, Wednesday, at the W. T. Robinson Tennis Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
The Tigers are led by No. 86 Michael Venus.
BUCKEYES VS. TIGERS
The Buckeyes met the Tigers twice last season and the Scarlet and Gray claimed both meetings. The first was a 4-2 win for Ohio State Feb.24 in Baton Rouge, La. The next meeting came in the last 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State claimed that meeting by a 4-0 margin May 17, in Athens, Ga.
A LOOK AT THE CITADEL
The Citadel currently is 7-7 on the season and 2-2 in Southern Conference play. Former Buckeye Todd Wojtkowski is an assistant coach on the Bulldog staff. He played for the Buckeyes for two seasons from 2004-06.
BUCKEYES VS. BULLDOGS
This will be the first meeting between the two programs.
A LOOK AT COASTAL CAROLINA
Coastal Carolina is 6-7 on the season. They are 1-1 in Big South Conference play, a record which has it tied for second place with Charleston Southern.
BUCKEYES VS. CHANTICLEERS
The Buckeyes and Chanticleers last met March 20, 2006 in Conway, S.C., with the Buckeyes claiming the 7-0 win. Ohio State is 5-0 against Coastal Carolina all-time.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 2 Ohio State opened Big Ten play by downing No. 47 Iowa, 7-0, March 7 in Iowa City, Iowa. The Buckeyes then beat Minnesota, 6-1, March 9 in Minneapolis, Minn.
IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State currently sits atop the Big Ten standings with a 14-1 record. The Buckeyes also boast the best winning percentage (.933) in the league.
With his 5-0 record, junior Steven Moneke is No. 1 in the league in singles wins at the No. 3 spot. Freshman Matt Allare owns the top spot at Nos. 5 and 6 singles with 8-0 and 4-0 records, respectively.
In doubles action, Bryan Koniecko and Moneke are tied for first at No. 2 doubles with a 5-0 record.
2008 ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOORS RECAP
Ohio State advanced to the final of the 2008 ITA National Team Indoors Championship as the No. 3 seed. The Buckeyes beat No. 35 Boise State (4-0) in the first round, No. 6 USC (4-1) in the quarterfinals, 2007 champion and No. 2 Georgia (4-1) in the semifinals, before falling to No. 1 Virginia (4-1) in the final. It was the second-consecutive year Ohio State advanced to the final of the national tournament.
Three Buckeyes were named to the All-Tournament singles team. Junior Steven Moneke was named to the No. 2 singles spot, while freshman Matt Allare and senior Drew Eberly were named at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Eberly and sophomore Justin Kronauge were named to the All-Tournament doubles team at the No. 2 spot.
AGAINST THE BEST
Sophomore Justin Kronauge is 14-4 against opponents who are nationally ranked in the ITA/NCAA Division I polls. For the season, Kronauge owns a 19-6 record.
Justin Kronauge Wins vs. Ranked Opponents in 2007-08
No. 109 Dylan Arnould (Duke), 6-3, 6-1
No. 72 Milan Mihailovic (Texas), 6-0, 6-1
No. 58 Nate Schnugg (Georgia), 4-6, 7-6, 6-4
No. 42 Billy Mertz (Alabama), 7-5, 6-2
No. 38 Clancy Shields (Boise State), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
No. 41 Raoul Schwark (Minnesota), 6-2, 6-3
No. 67 Ricardo Soriano (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-4
No. 30 Sheeva Parbhu (Notre Dame), 6-4, 6-4
No. 51 Thomas Richter (Indiana), 7-5, 6-3
No. 6 Bryan Koniecko (Ohio State), 7-6, 6-3
No. 98 David Rosenfeld (Miami, Fla.) 6-4, 6-2
No. 66 Omar Altmann (Pepperdine) 6-1, 6-0
No. 64 Cory Parr (Wake Forest) 7-5, 6-3
No. 17 Lars Poershcke (Baylor) 1-6, 5-5 (retired)
Justin Kronauge, ranked seventh in the nation, leads the Buckeyes in singles wins with 19 (six losses). So far, Kronauge is 6-3 in dual action with 1-0 records at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. He is 4-3 at No. 1 singles.
The pair of Drew Eberly and Kronauge, ranked fifth in the nation, leads the Buckeyes in doubles wins with 14 after posting a 7-2 record in dual action and 7-3 tournament mark.
THE BIG TEN’S BEST
Justin Kronauge won his second Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week Award March 12. The Buckeye sophomore also claimed the weekly laurel Feb. 13. It is the fourth time this season an Ohio State player claimed the award, the most in the Big Ten. Drew Eberly claimed the prize Feb. 20. Eberly was the third-consecutive Buckeye to win the weekly award. Kronauge won Feb. 13 and freshman Matt Allare claimed the award Feb. 6.
Head coach Ty Tucker has the led the Buckeyes to 20 or more wins in seven of eight complete seasons at Ohio State. Last year marked a record-breaking year for the Buckeyes as they compiled a 30-2 record for the first time in school history.
BUCKEYE INDIVIDUALS RANKED HIGH
Ohio State sophomore Justin Kronauge, the 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is the top-ranked Buckeye singles player in the nation at No. 7. In addition to Kronauge, juniors Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke are ranked Nos. 29 and 34, respectively. Senior Drew Eberly comes in at No. 120.
The Buckeyes also have two doubles teams ranked in the national Top 30. Eberly and Kronauge come in at No. 8. Freshman Matt Allare and sophomore Mike O’Connell are ranked No. 23.
HOME SWEET HOME
Ohio State extended its home win streak to 64 matches after winning its match against No. 11 Wake Forest Feb. 8 (5-1), and No. 15 North Carolina Feb. 10 (4-2).
The winning streak dates back to the 2003 season beginning with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6. In 2007, for the fourth-consecutive season, Ohio State went undefeated at its home courts, going 15-0.
BUCKEYES REMAIN SECOND
After two convincing Big Ten wins at No. 47 Iowa and Minnesota, Ohio State remained No. 2 in the latest ITA rankings, which were released March 11. Ohio State held the No. 2 spot for a majority of last season and garnered the No. 2 seed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Buckeyes return home from their six-week road swing for a noon start time March 23 against No. 19 VCU in Columbus, Ohio.