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Senior tri-captains Bryan Koniecko, Steven Moneke and Ty Schaub to be honored Sunday before match against No. 30 Wisconsin

COLUMBUS, Ohio
After winning five-consecutive matches on the road, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team returns home to wrap up the 2008-09 regular-season campaign. The squad welcomes No. 44 Northwestern at 3 p.m. Friday followed by a doubleheader against No. 30 Wisconsin and Wright State at noon Sunday at the Stickney Tennis Center. The 2009 senior class will be recognized before the first match Sunday in front of the Buckeye home crowd.

The matches will be contested indoors at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center if inclement weather conflicts outside play.

Live stats and updates will be available at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

BIG TEN LEADER
Ohio State claimed sole possession of first place in the conference with a perfect 8-0 record after defeating the Illini for the fourth-consecutive time, winning eight of the last nine meetings.

In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes have won 48-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents and are 99-5 in their last 104 league matches, including postseason play. The Scarlet and Gray went a perfect 13-0 last season against Big Ten opponents en route to its third-consecutive Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles.

HOME SWEET HOME
With wins against Iowa, Minnesota and Toledo March 27-29, Ohio State has now won a school-record 84-consecutive home matches dating back to the 2002-03 season. No other Big Ten team in any sport has won as many contests in a row at home. The Buckeyes won all 16 home competitions last season, marking the fifth-consecutive year it has achieved perfection on its home courts. The streak began in 2003 with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6. This season, Ohio State is 11-0 at home.

THE SHUTOUT
The Buckeyes (25-1; 8-0) head into the weekend with a 17 dual-match win streak. Ohio State has shut out 12 of the last 16 opponents, including No. 5 Baylor (7-0), No. 9 UCLA (4-0), No. 11 Illinois (6-1), No. 28 Notre Dame (7-0), No. 31 LSU (7-0), No. 33 Minnesota (7-0), No. 53 Indiana (7-0), No. 63 Iowa (7-0) and No. 65 Penn State (7-0).

20-SOMETHINGS
Head coach Ty Tucker has led the Buckeyes to 20 or more wins in eight of nine complete seasons at Ohio State. Last year marked a record-breaking year for the Buckeyes as they compiled a 35-2 record, earning the most wins in a single season in school history.

OHIO STATE RANKS HIGH
Ohio State is the second-ranked team in the nation in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings announced Tuesday. The Buckeyes are 25-1 on the season with 19 wins over ranked opponents: No. 5 Baylor, No. 9 UCLA, No. 11 Illinois, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 17 Pepperdine (twice), No. 20 Wake Forest, No. 21 Washington, No. 27 Virginia Tech, No. 28 Notre Dame, No. 31 LSU, No. 33 Minnesota, No. 35 North Carolina, No. 48 Michigan, No. 53 Indiana, No. 63 Iowa, No. 65 Penn State and then-No. 65 Stetson. Ohio State is 11-0 at home, while going 12-0 on the road in dual competition. The Buckeyes are 2-1 at a neutral site after participating in the 2009 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago. 

Under 10th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have now been ranked in the Top 25 in the ITA rankings for nine-consecutive years. For the past two seasons, Ohio State has earned a preseason ranking of No. 3 and finished third behind Georgia and Virginia both in 2007 and 08. In 2009, the Buckeyes received a No. 1 preseason ranking.

OHIO STATE IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes have six members listed in the latest ITA singles and doubles polls announced Tuesday. In singles, Bryan Koniecko is No. 3, while Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge are Nos. 9 and 23, respectively. Sophomore Balazs Novak sits at No. 71 in singles and classmate Shuhei Uzawa is No. 97. Rounding out the list for Ohio State is Matt Allare who is No. 107. The Buckeyes are the only program in Division I to list two members in the Top 10 and also three players ranked among the Top 25.

In doubles, Ohio State ranks three pairs in the latest ITA rankings. Moneke and Kronauge stand as the 22nd-ranked doubles team in the nation. Moneke and Novak pair up to be No. 48, while Allare and Kronauge are the third Buckeye pair in the doubles polls at No. 85.

BIG TEN RANKINGS
Nine of 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings announced Tuesday.
 
RANK     SCHOOL
  2       Ohio State
  11      Illinois
  30     Wisconsin
  33      Minnesota
  44      Northwestern
  48      Michigan
  53      Indiana
  63      Iowa
  65      Penn State

CONFERENCE STANDINGS
Ohio State sits at the top of the Big Ten standings to begin the last week of regular-season play. The Buckeyes went a perfect 13-0 last season against Big Ten opponents en route to their third-consecutive Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles.
 
    TEAM                     CONFERENCE         OVERALL
                                    W   L    PCT.         W     L   PCT.
 No. 2 Ohio State          8  0  1.000            25   1   0.962
 No. 11 Illinois               7  1  0.875           18  6  0.750
 No. 48 Northwestern   5  3  0.625            17  6  0.714
 No. 33 Minnesota         5  3  0.625            16  6  0.727
 No. 30 Wisconsin         4  4  0.500             15  7  0.682
 No. 48 Michigan            4  4  0.500           10  13  0.435
 No. 53 Indiana               4  4  0.500            12  12  0.500
 No. 65 Penn State        3  5  0.375             10  11  0.476
 No. 63 Iowa                 3  5  0.000              11  7   0.611
 Purdue                         1  7  0.125               7  13  0.350
 Michigan State             0  8   0.000              12 11  0.522

THE NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
Northwestern, currently 48th in the nation, is 17-6 overall this season with a 5-3 record in Big Ten play. The Wildcats have won four-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents, including Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue. Northwestern is 3-5 on the road for the 2008-09 campaign. The Wildcats have had key wins against then-No. 24 Chicago (7-0) Jan. 18, No. 30 Wisconsin (4-3) April 4 and No. 33 Minnesota (4-3) April 11.

Northwestern began the season winning its first eight matches before suffering a loss against No. 28 Notre Dame (4-3) Feb. 19. The Wildcats are 1-3 against Top 25 opponents.

NORTHWESTERN IN THE RANKINGS
In singles, senior Marc Dwyer is ranked No. 121 in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings announced Tuesday. Dwyer is 18-14 overall this season with an 11-11 dual-match record.

BUCKEYES VS. WILDCATS
Northwestern leads the all-time series, 43-39, against Ohio State. However, under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 10-1 against the Wildcats, winning the last four meetings.

THE WISCONSIN BADGERS
No. 29 Wisconsin (15-7; 4-4 Big Ten) sits in the middle of the Big Ten standings, winning the last four of six league matches. Last time out, the Badgers lost 4-3 to No. 33 Minnesota April 12. Against ranked opponents, Wisconsin is 8-7 and is 2-4 on the road this season. The Badgers began the season winning the first five matches before losing to No. 57 East Tennessee State, 4-3, Jan. 30 at home. Wisconsin faces No. 65 Penn State on the road Friday before traveling to Columbus Sunday.

WISCONSIN IN THE RANKINGS
The Badgers have two members listed in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings. Sophomore Moritz Baumann is No. 28, while freshman Marek Michalicka is No. 50. Baumann is 28-4 overall and is 22-0 in dual-match play this season with a perfect 16-0 mark at No. 1 singles. Michalicka is 20-9 overall, while
going 11-2 at No. 2 singles this season.

In doubles, Baumann and Michalicka stand at No. 19 in the ITA polls. The Badger duo is 24-5 overall, posting a 17-3 record at No. 1 doubles.

BUCKEYES VS. THE BADGERS
Wisconsin leads the all-time series 33-23 against the Buckeyes. However, under head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is a perfect 15-0 against the Badgers.

THE WRIGHT STATE RAIDERS
Wright State (5-13; 2-3 Horizon League) is coming off a 6-1 loss at Butler April 9 after winning two-consecutive matches against Youngstown State (7-0) April 5 and Valparaiso (6-1) April 4 in Dayton. The match against the Buckeyes will be the third time the Raiders have faced a ranked opponent this season. Wright State is 0-2 with losses against No. 12 Kentucky, 6-0, and No. 75 UNC Wilmington, 5-1. The Raiders are 1-10 on the road for the 2008-09 campaign.

BUCKEYES VS. THE RAIDERS
Ohio State is 3-0 all-time against Wright State. The Buckeyes have claimed one win against the Raiders each of the last three seasons. 

TEAM LEADERS
No. 3 Bryan Koniecko leads the team with 32 victories this season, while only suffering four losses. Koniecko, the 2008 ITA Indoor Singles Champion, is 21-4 in dual matches this season, posting a 17-3 record at No. 1 singles.

In doubles, the Buckeye pair of Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa leads the team in doubles wins with 13. The duo is 13-1 in dual matches overall this season, including a 7-1 mark at No. 2 doubles. Koniecko and Uzawa have won seven-consecutive doubles matches.

AGAINST THE BEST
Senior Bryan Koniecko is 21-4 against opponents ranked in the ITA/NCAA Division I poll. For the season, Koniecko, currently third in the latest ITA standings, owns a 32-4 overall record.

Bryan Koniecko Wins vs. Ranked Opponents in 2008-09:
No. 116 Slavko Bijelica (Purdue), 6-4, 6-4
No. 99 Kellen Damico (Texas), 6-4, 7-5
No. 92 Nicolas Delgado (Virginia Tech), 6-4, 6-0
No. 91 Patrik Fischer (Washington), 6-1, 7-5
No. 85 Lachlan Ferguson (Indiana) 6-1, 6-4
No. 79 Marc Spicijaric (Illinois), 6-4, 6-1
No. 63 Marc Spicijaric (Illinois), 6-2, 6-2
No. 62 Ishay Hadash (Minnesota) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
No. 51 Haythem Abid (UCLA), 6-1, 6-2
No. 49 Jordan Rux (Baylor), 6-3, 6-4
No. 40 Austen Childs (Louisville), 7-5, 6-0
No. 36 Clay Donato (North Carolina), 6-3, 7-5
No. 27 Bassam Beidas (Pepperdine), 6-0, 6-2
No. 27 Bassam Beidas (Pepperdine), 6-4, 6-4
No. 26 Cory Parr (Wake Forest), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 23 Sanam Singh (Virginia), 2-6, 7-6, 6-1
No. 21 Justin Kronauge (Ohio State), 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
No. 21 Justin Kronauge (Ohio State), 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
No. 16 Conor Pollock (Texas A&M), 7-5, 7-6 (3)
No. 8 Steven Moneke (Ohio State), 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
No. 2 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (Oklahoma State), 6-2, 6-2

BUCKEYE STREAKS

Several Buckeyes come into the match against Indiana with impressive winning streaks in singles play.
 
Singles
Player                         Win Streak          
Matt Allare                          23
Balazs Novak                     16
Shuhei Uzawa                     9
Steven Moneke                    8
Steven Williams                    5

SEVERAL BUCKEYES HIT 20-WIN MARK
Six members of the team have won 20 or more singles matches. Senior Bryan Koneicko (32), junior Justin Kronauge (31), senior Steven Moneke (31), sophomores Balazs Novak (30), Matt Allare (26) Shuhei Uzawa (24) and have all won at least 20 singles matches this season.

Uzawa, a native of Chiba, Japan, has been impressive in his second season for the Buckeyes with a 24-6 overall record and is 11-1 at No. 6 singles. The sophomore has broken his freshman record of 21 triumphs this year, while Novak hit the 30-win mark for the first time in his two-year career. Novak also has a 16-match win streak.

Allare, who has won 23-consecutive matches in the 2009 spring season, is 26-2 overall and has surpassed his single-season career high in wins of 24 victories set a year ago.

MONEKE AND KONIECKO CLIMB THE ALL-TIME LIST
Senior tri-captains Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko continue to rise in the program all-time career wins list for singles and doubles. In singles, Moneke, a two-time ITA All-American, has 132 career singles wins to tie the school record set by former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03).

Koniecko, a two-time All-American, has 124 career singles wins as a Buckeye and is two wins shy of tying former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) for third on the all-time list with 126 victories. For the past four seasons, both Moneke and Koniecko have posted 20 or more singles wins.

In doubles, Koniecko has 116 career victories and is fourth on the Ohio State all-time list, which is the most for an active member. Koniecko is one win shy of tying Scott Green (2003-06) for third on the all-time list.

Moneke began the season 13th all-time in career wins and is now fifth. Moneke has 94 career doubles wins and passed Stephen Miguel (85; 1987-1990) after defeating David Galic and Jordan Rux of Baylor, 9-7, with teammate Justin Kronauge.

BUCKEYES TOP COMBINED CAREER WINS LIST
Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke sit alone at the top of the Ohio State combined career wins list. Koniecko, a native of Long Island, N.Y., is first on the all-time combined wins list with 240 (124, 116), while Moneke is second with 226 triumphs (132, 94). The two Buckeyes passed Ross Wilson with 208 (90, 118; 2003-06), Roger Smith with 204 (126, 78; 1983-86) and former teammate Drew Eberly with 193 (75, 118; 2005-08).

Justin Kronauge, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, is tied with Eberly for third on the all-time list with 193 victories with the defeat of Marek Czerwinski and Marc Spicijaric of Illinois, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles April 12 with partner Moneke. Kronauge (101, 92; 2007-Present), a 2008 ITA All-American, has won a total 56 matches in singles in doubles this season.  Kronauge hit the 100-win mark after defeating George Navas of Michigan, 6-2, 6-1, April 5 in Ann Arbor.

THE BIG TEN’S BEST
Three Buckeyes have been honored as Big Ten Player of Week the conference announced this season. Bryan Koniecko (3), Steven Moneke (3), and Justin Kronauge (1) have been recipients of the weekly award. Most recently, senior tri-captain Koniecko was recognized along with Dennis Nevolo of Illinois as Co-Big Ten Athlete of the Week announced Tuesday. Koniecko was the Buckeyes’ seventh conference player of the week this season, which leads the league. Ohio State has now been recognized the last three weeks.

Koniecko won two singles and doubles matches last weekend to help Ohio State down No. 53 Indiana, 7-0, and No. 11 Illinois, 6-1. The two-time ITA All-American defeated No. 79 Marc Spicijaric of Illinois, 6-1, 6-4, and No. 85 Lachlan Ferguson of Indiana, 6-1, 6-4, both at No. 1 singles.

Koniecko also received the honor March 31 after lifting the Buckeyes past in-state foe Toledo, 4-0, and two conference rivals in Iowa (7-0) and Minnesota (7-0). Koniecko received his weekly honor of the season Feb. 10. He earned the honor after defeating two ranked opponents in then-No. 73 Clay Donato of North Carolina and then-No. 34 Cory Parr of Wake Forest.

Senior-tri captain Moneke was recognized for the third time this season and second-consecutive honor for the Buckeye squad April 7. Moneke won three singles and two doubles matches to lead Ohio State to victory over then-No. 13 Kentucky (5-2), Michigan State (7-0) and then-No. 47 Michigan (6-1) and earn the leagues recognition.

Moneke was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Feb. 24, his second-consecutive. Highlighting Moneke’s weekend was his No. 1-singles performance against LSU, where the two-time All-American delivered a 6-2, 6-3 loss to then-No. 5 Michael Venus, the 2008 ITA All-American Singles Champion.

Junior Kronauge, a native of Dayton, Ohio, was named Big Ten Player of Week March 17 and was his first weekly laurel this season and third of his career. Ranked 20th in the latest ITA polls, Kronauge won two singles matches and a doubles match against Cleveland State and No. 18 Texas A&M as the Buckeyes improved to 16-1 overall. With Ohio State down 3-1 against the Aggies, Kronauge began the Buckeye rally at No. 3 singles when he gave Ohio State its first point following a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 22 Wil Spencer.

BUCKEYES VS. BIG TEN OPPONENTS
In 2007-08, Ohio State recorded a combined Big Ten singles record of 53-7 and a total Big Ten doubles record of 25-5. Six Buckeyes went through singles play undefeated, including 10-0 ledgers by 2008 ITA All-Americans Bryan Koniecko, Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge. The All-America trio has combined for a career Big Ten singles record of 85-5.

This season, Ohio State has won 48-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents and is now 99-5 in its last 104 league matches, including postseason play. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten opponent in an away dual match since the 2004-05 campaign, dropping a 5-2 decision at Northwestern.

As a team in 2009, the Buckeyes are a combined 46-2 in singles and 21-3 in doubles. Four members on the squad are a perfect 8-0 in conference singles matches, including Koniecko, Moneke and sophomores Balazs Novak and Matt Allare.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State improved to 25-1 overall and a perfect 12-0 regular-season finish on the road after defeating then-No. 53 Indiana, 7-0, April 10 and No. 11 Illinois, 6-1, April 12. The Buckeyes have won 17-consecutive matches this season and is now in sole possession of first place in the conference with the win against the Illini.
Against Indiana, senior tri-captain Steven Moneke, who was awarded his third Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor of the season March 31, claimed both the singles and doubles matches against the Hoosiers.

On a windy afternoon in Urbana, Ill., the Buckeyes competed in a Top 12 match against No. 11 Illinois, which featured two teams with 7-0 league records battling for the top spot in the conference standings.

Highlighting the competition was Moneke tying for the No. 1 spot in the program’s all-time wins list with former Buckeye Vince Ng (1993-03) with 132-career victories. Moneke, ranked eighth in the latest ITA polls, defeated No. 42 Roy Kalmanovich in a third-set super tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-3), 0-6, 1-0 (12-10), at No. 2 singles.

Under current head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have won four-consecutive matches against the Illini, winning eight of the last nine meetings.

NEXT TIME OUT
Ohio State will now prepare for the 2009 Big Ten Championship April 23-26 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes will look to defend their crown after winning its third-consecutive tournament title last season.