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COLUMBUS, Ohio Three members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team will compete in the singles bracket at the 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships starting Thursday. No. 8 Justin Kronauge, No. 9 Bryan Koniecko and No. 11 Steven Moneke will begin their quest in the championships with first-round singles action at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. The University of Virginia is serving as the event’s host.

2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships

Hosted by University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Va.
Nov. 6-9, 2008

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, Nov. 6
Noon – 1st round of singles and 1st round of doubles

Friday, Nov. 7
2nd round singles and quarterfinals singles and doubles, first round
consolation singles and doubles
Doubles played first. Quarterfinals singles and doubles consolation doubles
played first (64 matches)

Saturday, Nov. 8
Semifinals singles and doubles, semifinals consolation singles and doubles
Second round loser playoff matches (20 matches)

Sunday, Nov. 9
Finals singles and doubles, finals of consolation singles and doubles
(8 matches)

FIRST-ROUND ACTION
2008 All-Americans Justin Kronauge, Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke will begin first-round singles action Thursday against some of the top collegiate tennis talent in the country. Kronauge and Koniecko were selected as the Nos. 7 and 8 seeds, respectively. Kronauge, who has an overall singles record of 7-2, will take on No. 15 Bassam Beidas of Pepperdine, while Koniecko, who enters the tournament with a 7-1 overall singles record, will match up against No. 17 Conor Pollock of Texas A&M. Moneke, who has a 7-2 overall singles record, will compete against No. 10 J.P. Smith of Tennessee. Smith is a familiar opponent to Moneke as the Buckeye dropped a 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3 decision to Smith in the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA Championships.

A LOOK BACK
Junior Justin Kronauge fell in the round of 16 at the 2007 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships against Greg Ouellette of Florida 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Kronauge was one of four Buckeyes competing in the singles bracket, but was the only OSU representative to survive day one.

Senior Bryan Koniecko advanced to the consolation singles final of the championships, but lost to Dominc Inglot of Virginia by a 6-1, 6-2 score.

In 2006, senior Steven Moneke advanced to the finals of the singles championship, but lost to the defending champion Ben Kohlloeffel of UCLA by a score of 6-0, 6-4.

MIDWEST REGIONAL RECAP
No. 9 Bryan Koniecko defeated defending singles champion and teammate, No. 8 Justin Kronauge 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 in the final. The win marked the third-consecutive year a Buckeye has won the ITA Midwest Regional singles title.  Koniecko lost to Kronauge 7-6, 6-3 at the 2007 singles regional championship in the semifinal match.

In the 2008 semifinals, Koniecko defeated classmate and No. 11 Steven Moneke in three sets 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. After dropping the first set, Koniecko battled back in a second-set tiebreaker 7-6 (12-10) to force a third set. Koniecko, the 2008 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, took the third set 6-4, eliminating Moneke, the 2006 ITA Midwest regional singles champion. The two Buckeyes have now faced each other twice in their collegiate careers with Koniecko winning both matches. Koniecko, Kronauge and Moneke all won four-consecutive matches in the tournament to advance to the semifinals.

HOW THEY WERE SELECTED
The 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held across the country during October, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the D’Novo/ITA Men’s All-American Tennis Championships and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the Wilson/ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.

UP NEXT
The 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships will conclude the fall schedule for the Ohio State men’s tennis team. The Buckeyes will begin their spring season at home against Butler and Xavier Jan. 21.