COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State improved its all-time record vs. Wake Forest to 3-2 with a 4-0 victory Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C. The No. 1-ranked Buckeyes downed the University of North Carolina Friday, 7-0, and return to Columbus with an unblemished 7-0 record in dual competition.
Ohio State won the doubles point against the Demon Deacons with wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. Bryan Koniecko and Balazs Novak started off with an 8-1 win at No. 3 singles over Andrew Brasseaux and Joost Vogel of Wake Forest.
Justin Kronauge and Steven Moneke clinched the doubles points at the No. 2 position with an 8-4 win over the Deacon’s Jonathan Wolff and Jason Morgenstern. At the No. 1 doubles spot, the No. 6-ranked doubles team of Cory Parr and Steven Forman knocked of Ohio State’s Matt Allare and Mike O’Connell, 8-4.
Kronauge, ranked No. 6 nationally, got the Buckeyes on the board first in singles with a straight set victory over Brasseaux, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 3 singles position.
Senior captain Bryan Koniecko, the nation’s No. 1-ranked singles player, won for Ohio State at No. 1 singles and moved to a tie for sixth-place in the OSU career singles record book with 108 wins. The Long Island, N.Y., native is even with current Buckeye assistant coach Jeremy Wurtzman for the sixth spot. Koniecko won, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, over Parr, the No. 34-rated singles player, to move to 8-1 against nationally-ranked opponents this season.
The match was secured at No. 6 singles with sophomore Shuhei Uzawa winning in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1, over Wolff.
Ohio State returns home to face Mississippi at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
No. 1 Ohio State (7-0) 4, No. 21 Wake Forest (10-2) 0
Feb. 8, 2009 at Winston-Salem, N.C.
Indoor Tennis Center
1. No. 1 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. No. 34 Cory Parr (WF) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
2. No. 3 Steven Moneke (OSU) vs. Steven Forman (WF) 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 did not finish
3. No. 6 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Andrew Brasseaux (WF) 6-2, 6-2
4. Matt Allare (OSU) vs. David Hopkins (WF) 6-7, 6-2, 1-2 did not finish
5. No. 38 Balazs Novak (OSU) vs. Jonathan Wolff (WF) 4-6, 4-3 did not finish
6. No. 77 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Jason Morgenstern (WF) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,1,6
1. No. 6 Cory Parr/Steven Forman (WF) def. Matt Allare/Mike O’Connell (OSU) 8-4
2. No. 11 Steven Moneke/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Jonathan Wolff/Jason Morgenstern (WF) 8-4
3. Bryan Koniecko/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Andrew Brasseaux/Joost Vogel (WF) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2