COLUMBUS, Ohio Continuing its break from Big Ten Conference action during the university’s spring break, the second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Coastal Carolina, 7-0, Wednesday at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center in Conway, S.C. The Buckeyes improve to 16-1 overall (2-0 Big Ten), while the Chanticleers fall to 7-8.
The Buckeyes began the match by sweeping the doubles point. No. 25 Mike O’Connell and Matt Allare beat Ernesto Ramos and Plamen Tzvetkov at the top doubles spot by an 8-4 score.
Winners of 10 of its last 11, the tandem of juniors Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke downed David Mellis and Dmitry Vlaskin, 8-4, to clinch the doubles point for Ohio State. The duo now is on a five-match win streak and remains perfect at No. 2 doubles with a 7-0 record. Overall, Koniecko and Moneke are 17-3 and 12-1 in dual competition.
Shuhei Uzawa and Justin Kronauge won their match at the No. 3 double spot. The Buckeye duo beat John Hairston and Joseph Withers, 8-3.
No. 24 Koniecko claimed the first singles match for the Buckeyes at the top spot when he beat Ramos 6-3, 6-0. Moneke put Ohio State up 3-0 when he cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win against Hairston at No. 2 singles. Shuhei Uzawa clinched the match for the Buckeyes when he downed Mellis 7-6, 6-3 at the No. 3 singles spot.
Balazs Novak, Matt Allare and Ty Schaub won their matches at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles, respectively.
The Buckeyes will play The Citadel in the second match of a double-header at 5 p.m. today.
No. 2 Ohio State 7, Coastal Carolina 0
March 19, 2008
Billy Nicols Tennis Center
1. No. 24 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Ernesto Ramos (Coastal Carolina) 6-3, 6-0
2. No. 27 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. John Hairston (Coastal Carolina) 6-1, 6-0
3. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. David Mellis (Coastal Carolina) 7-6, 6-3
4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Carlo Checcia (Coastal Carolina) 6-0, 6-2
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Joseph Withers (Coastal Carolina) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ty Schaub (OSU) def. Omar El Bouzkouri (Coastal Carolina) 6-1, 6-2
1. No. 5 Mike O’Connell/Matt Allare (OSU) def. Plamen Tzvetkov/Ernesto Ramos (Coastal Carolina) 8-4
2. Bryan Koniecko/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. David Mellis/Dmitry Vlaskin (Coastal Carolina) 8-4
3. Shuhei Uzawa/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. John Hairston/Joseph Withers (Coastal Carolina) 8-3
Ohio State 16-1; National ranking #2
Coastal Carolina 7-8