COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 2 Ohio State men’s team defeated No. 44 Northwestern, 7-0, Friday at the Stickney Tennis Center to claim at least a share of the 2009 Big Ten regular season title. Highlighting the afternoon was senior tri-captain Steven Moneke becoming the program’s all-time career singles leader with 133 wins. No. 8 Moneke passed former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03) after defeating Joshua Graves 6-2, 6-3, at No. 3 singles to break the program record. Moneke, a native of Alten-Buseck, Germany, is now 32-4 overall this season and has won nine-consecutive matches.
“I started thinking about the record in the second set,” Moneke said. “I’m very honored to be in the company with Vince Ng, he’s a legend in our program. I’ve heard stories on how hard he worked everyday. I couldn’t of asked for anything better than breaking it at home in my last couple of matches in Columbus. It’s a great feeling.”
Ohio State (26-1; 9-0 Big Ten) has now won 85-consecutive matches at home, which dates back to the 2003 season. The conference win marks the Buckeyes 49th-consecutive victory against Big Ten opponents and Ohio State is now 100-5 in its last 105 league matches, including postseason play.
The Buckeyes began the day winning each of the doubles matches against the Wildcats. No. 22 Justin Kronauge and Moneke defeated Alex Sanborn and Marc Dwyer, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles. Sophomores Matt Allare and Balazs Novak downed Tobias Reitz and Graves, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles to claim the doubles point for the Buckeyes.
At No. 3 doubles, Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa improved to 15-1 in dual-match play this season after defeating Alexander Thams and Andrew McCarthy, 9-7.
In singles, No. 3 Koniecko improved to 125 career victories and is now one win shy of tying former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) for third on the all-time list. Koniecko defeated Dwyer, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1 singles. Koniecko now leads the team with 33 wins this season (4 losses).
At No. 2 singles, No. 23 Kronauge improved to 32-7 after defeating Thams 6-2, 6-0, while No. 97 Uzawa claimed the match win with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against McCarthy at No. 6 singles.
Freshman Chase Buchanan defeated Sanborn 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles and is now 5-3 overall this season.
No. 71 Novak defeated Eric Spector 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles and has now won 17-consecutive matches, currently a team-high win streak.
The Buckeyes return to action in a senior day doubleheader Sunday against No. 30 Wisconsin at noon followed by Wright State to finish out the 2008-09 regular-season campaign. Senior tri-captains Steven Moneke, Bryan Koneicko and Ty Schaub will be honored before the Wisconsin game.
Tennis Match Final Results
No. 2 Ohio State 7, No. 44 Northwestern 0
Stickney Tennis Center
The Ohio State University
April 17, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio
1. No. 3 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Marc Dwyer (NU) 6-2, 6-1
2. No. 23 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Alexander Thams (NU) – 6-2, 6-0
3. No. 9 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Joshua Graves (NU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Alex Sanborn (NU) 6-1, 6-0
5. No. 71 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Eric Spector (NU) 6-1, 6-1
6. No. 97 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Andrew McCarthy (NU) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 6, 4, 3, 5
1. No. 22 Justin Kronauge/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Marc Dwyer/Alex Sanborn (NU) 8-1
2. Matt Allare/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Joshua Graves/Tobias Reitz (NU) 8-5
3. Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Alexander Thams/Andrew McCarthy (NU) 9-7
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
Ohio State 26-1; National Ranking #2
Northwestern 17-7; National Ranking #44