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Moneke moves to fourth on all-time career singles wins list

COLUMBUS, Ohio As part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, the No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 64 Stetson, 7-0, Saturday afternoon in the first match of the 2009 ITA National Team Indoor Championships Qualifier at The Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center.

The Buckeyes (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will now face the winner of the second match between No. 30 Virginia Tech and No. 41 New Mexico Sunday to compete for an invitation to the field of 16 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 13-16, in Chicago.

Ohio State is now 1-0 all-time against Stetson and improved its home winning streak to 76-consecutive matches, which dates back to the 2003 season.

No. 6 Justin Kronauge clinched the victory for the Scarlet and Gray with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Stetson’s Mark Mestan in No. 2 singles. Kronauge improved his record to 15-3 and holds the most singles wins for the Buckeyes this season.

In No. 3 singles, history was made as No. 3 Steven Moneke defeated Njal Stene 6-3, 6-1 to give the Buckeyes an early 3-0 advantage against the Hatters. Moneke is now fourth on the all-time career singles wins in program history with 114, passing Mike Massie (1983-86) with 113 career singles wins. Moneke improves to 13-3 on the season.

Sophomore Matt Allare gave the Buckeyes momentum, winning the first singles match of the day. Allare defeated Chris Swanteson 6-2, 7-5 at No. 6 singles. Allare improves to 7-2 in singles and is the fourth Buckeye to win four-consecutive singles matches this year.

In doubles, Bryan Koniecko and Moneke swept the first doubles match in the No. 1 spot against Filip Kricka and Maksim Levanovich, 8-0. The duo is now 5-1 overall on the season.

In No. 2 doubles, Allare and Kronauge sealed the doubles point for the Buckeyes with an 8-1 victory against Mestan and Cesare Gallo. The Buckeye pair has won four-consecutive doubles matches and holds the most wins on the season with an 8-1 overall record. Allare is the first member of the squad to reach double digits in doubles wins with a 10-2 record.

The Buckeyes return to action at noon Sunday, battling for the opportunity to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Live stats and updates will be available for the matches this weekend on the men’s tennis schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

No. 1 Ohio State 7, No. 64 Stetson 0
Jan 31, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Singles
1. No. 1 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Filip Kricka (SU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
2. No. 6 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Mark Mestan (SU)- 6-2, 6-4
3. No. 3 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Njal Stene (SU) 6-3, 6-1
4. No. 38 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Cesare Gallo (SU) 6-2, 6-1
5. No. 77 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Maksim Levanovich (SU) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Chris Swanteson (SU) 6-2, 7-5
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 2, 4, 1, 5

Doubles
1. Bryan Koniecko/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Filip Kricka/Maksim Levanovich (SU) 8-0
2. Matt Allare/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Mark Mestan/Cesare Gallo (SU) 8-1
3. No. 41 Mike O’Connell/Balazs Novak (OSU) vs. Njal Stene/Chris Swanteson DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 2