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Koniecko, Moneke move up on OSU career singles wins list

COLUMBUS, Ohio Meeting for just the fifth time in program history, the No. 1-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team recorded a 7-0 victory over No. 22 North Carolina Friday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. The men’s tennis Buckeyes have never lost to the Tar Heels and own a 4-0-1 all-time series record.

Senior captain Bryan Koniecko, the nation’s No. 1-ranked singles player, clinched the win for Ohio State at No. 1 singles Friday and moved to sole ownership of seventh-place in the OSU career singles record book with 107 wins. The Long Island, N.Y., native is one win away from tying current Buckeye assistant coach Jeremy Wurtzman for sixth (108). Koniecko won, 6-3, 7-5, over UNC’s No. 73 Clay Donato to move to 7-1 against nationally-ranked opponents this season.

Pairing for only the third time this season, the No. 11-ranked pair of senior Steven Moneke and sophomore Balazs Novak retired UNC’s Andrew Crone and Zach Hunter in convincing fashion, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles to set the tone for the match. Koniecko and sophomore Shuhei Uzawa, playing together for the first time in the 2009 indoor season, clinched the doubles point for Ohio State as the duo defeated the Tar Heel tandem of Brennan Boyjian and Alex Rafiee, 8-1.

Buckeyes Matt Allare and Justin Kronauge fell to the nation’s fifth-ranked doubles team of Donato and Taylor Fogleman at No. 1 doubles. The Buckeye duo, who entered the match with a perfect 5-0 dual record, suffered its first dual loss this season, 8-6, to finish the doubles portion of the match in 42 minutes.

Allare bounced back in singles action, posting a speedy 6-1, 6-2 victory over Luke Mojica at No. 5 singles while No. 38 Novak followed suit, winning, 6-1, 6-1, over Boyjian to put Ohio State up, 3-0, over North Carolina.

At No. 2 singles, third-ranked Moneke garnered his 116th career singles victory and is now tied with former teammate Devin Mullings for third all-time in the OSU record book. After dropping the first set, 3-6, the native of Alten-Busick, Germany, bounced back with two 6-1 finals in the second and third set to defeat the Tar Heel’s No. 59 Fogleman.

Sixth-ranked Kronauge and No. 77 Shuhei Uzawa also recorded wins to secure Ohio State’s 7-0 win.

The Scarlet and Gray continue on their road swing, playing Wake Forest at noon Sunday.

Tennis Match Results
No. 1 Ohio State 7, No. 22 North Carolina 0
Feb. 6, 2009 at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center

Singles
1. No. 1 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. No. 73 Clay Donato (UNC) 6-3, 7-5
2. No. 3 Steven Moneke (OSU) vs. No. 59 Taylor Fogleman (UNC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. No. 6 Justin Kronauge (OSU) vs. Andrew Crone (UNC) 7-6, 6-3
4. No. 38 Balazs Novak (OSU) vs. Brennan Boyjian (UNC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Luke Mojica (UNC) 6-1, 6-2
6. No. 77 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) vs. Alex Rafiee (UNC) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 1, 3, 6, 2

Doubles
1. No. 5 Clay Donato/Taylor Fogleman (UNC) def. Matt Allare/Justin Kronauge (OSU) 8-6
2. No. 11 Steven Moneke/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Andrew Crone/Zach Hunter (UNC) 8-2
3. Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Brennan Boyjian/Alex Rafiee (UNC) 8-1
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1