COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team won, 4-0, against No. 4 UCLA in a consolation match in the 2009 ITA Team Indoor Championship at the Midtown Tennis Center in Chicago. No. 1 Bryan Koniecko claimed the victory for the Buckeyes after defeating Bruin Haythem Abid 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Koniecko improves to 18-2 overall on the season and now is 7-1 at the No. 1 position.
The Buckeyes (9-1) are 2-1 in the all-time series against UCLA. The win against the Bruins marks the first victory for the Scarlet and Gray against a Top 5 opponent for the 2008-09 season.
In doubles, No. 41 Matt Allare and Mike O’Connell claimed the doubles point for the Buckeyes, winning in a tiebreaker 9-8 (7-5) against Nick Meister and Michael Look at No. 3 doubles. The Buckeye duo now is 3-3 when paired together. At No. 1 doubles, No. 11 Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge took down Abid and Amit Inbar, 8-6, winning the first doubles match of the day. Moneke and Kronauge improve to 3-1 when paired up and now are 2-1 at No. 1 doubles.
In singles, Ohio State looked to be in control of the match with early leads at the Nos. 1, 3 and 5 singles. Moneke improved his singles winning streak to nine-consecutive matches after sweeping Holden Seguso in two sets 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Moneke improves to 18-3 on the season and 5-0 at No. 3 singles.
At No. 5 singles, Allare put the Buckeyes within one point of winning the match after winning 6-1, 6-2 against No. 78 Meister. Allare now is 4-0 at the No. 5 position and improves to 11-2 overall in 2008-09.
The competition does not get easier as the Buckeyes now will return to Columbus for a two-match home swing, hosting No. 25 Notre Dame Feb. 21 and No. 15 LSU Feb. 22 at The Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center. Both matches are at noon.
Tennis Match Results
Univ of California-Los Angeles vs Ohio State University
Feb. 15, 2009 at Chicago
Midtown Tennis Club
Ohio State University 4, Univ of California-Los Angeles 0
1. #1 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Haythem Abid (UCLA) 6-1, 6-2
2. #6 Justin Kronauge (OSU) vs. #67 Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
3. #3 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Holden Seguso (UCLA) 6-0, 6-0
4. #38 Balazs Novak (OSU) vs. Michael Look (UCLA) 7-5, 3-0, unfinished
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. #78 Nick Meister (UCLA) 6-1, 6-2
6. #77 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) vs. Ahmed Ismail (UCLA) 6-3, 2-3, unfinished
1. #11 Steven Moneke/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Haythem Abid/Amit Inbar (UCLA) 8-6
2. #31 Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) vs. Matt Brooklyn/Harel Srugo (UCLA) 6-6, unfinished
3. #41 Matt Allare/Mike O’Connell (OSU) def. Nick Meister/Michael Look (UCLA) 9-8 (7-5)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,5,1)