COLUMBUS, Ohio Guided by head coach Ty Tucker, the 2009 Ohio State men’s tennis team is ranked No. 1 in the ITA NCAA Division I rankings announced Tuesday. The top ranking is the first in Ohio State program history and the team becomes the first program to earn a pre-season ranking of No. 1 since the 2006 football squad.
In singles, the Buckeyes sit among the best collegiate talent in the nation as Bryan Koniecko ranks No. 1, while teammates Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge rank Nos. 3 and 6, respectively. Koniecko becomes the first Buckeye in the top singles seed since Jeremy Wurtzman in 2004. This ranking comes after Koniecko took the crown at both the 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional with teammate Kronauge receiving runner-up awards in both.
Ohio State is the only team to have three student-athletes ranked in the Top 10. Balazs Novak ranks No. 38 and Shuhei Uzawa sits at No. 78.
In doubles, Moneke and Novak rank No. 11 as the top Buckeye doubles squad. Koniecko and Kronauge pair at No. 31, while Novak and Mike O’Connell rank No. 41.
Under Tucker, the Buckeyes have now ranked in the Top 20 in the ITA rankings for five-consecutive years. For the past two seasons, Ohio State has earned a pre-season ranking of No. 3 and finished third behind Georgia and Virginia both in 2007 and 08. Previous to that, the Buckeyes ranked 5th in 2006 and 24th in 2005.