COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team opened Big Ten Conference action Thursday by defeating Purdue, 7-0, at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Ind. The win marks the first Big Ten victory this season for the Buckeyes and improves their league winning streak to 41-consecutive matches. The Scarlet and Gray went a perfect 13-0 last season against Big Ten opponents.
No. 82 Shuhei Uzawa clinched the win for the Scarlet and Gray by defeating Thomas Wilson in straight sets 6-0, 6-3, at No. 6 singles. The win improves Uzawa to 18-6 overall on the season and puts the Buckeye sophomore three victories away from tying his career high in singles (21).
Ohio State (12-1; 1-0 Big Ten) is now 67-18 all-time against the Boilermakers as it has won 10-consecutive matches against Purdue, all under current head coach Ty Tucker. In the last 97 league matches, the Buckeyes are 92-5, including postseason play.
The Buckeyes took the doubles point after winning matches at Nos. 3 and 1 doubles, respectively. Paired for just the second time this season, Justin Kronauge and Balazs Novak defeated Eric Ramos and Paul Foley, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles, getting the Buckeyes off to a strong start and improving to 2-0 when paired together.
Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko, ranked 37th in the ITA standings, defeated Slavko Bijelica and Griff Nienberg, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. The Buckeye tandem is 4-0 in dual play for the 2009 spring season.
In singles, Matt Allare was off to another strong start for the Buckeyes, winning the first match against Robert Cabrini 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.
No. 23 Kronauge followed Allare with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ramos at No. 3 singles. The victory puts Kronauge at the 20-win mark with a 20-6 overall record this season. Kronauge becomes the third Buckeye to capture 20 wins in singles play and is now 6-0 when playing at No. 3 singles.
Novak, ranked 63rd, defeated Nienberg in straight sets 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 singles. Novak is now 15-4 overall on the year with a 10-1 dual match record.
Nos. 1 and 2 singles closed out the match against the Boilermakers, with two Buckeye senior co-captains adding another win to their season. Koniecko, ranked fourth in the ITA standings, gave Bijelica his third singles loss of the season, winning 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, while Moneke, the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, downed Branko Kuzmanovic 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. Koniecko and Moneke are now tied for the most singles wins on the Scarlet and Gray squad with 21 victories.
The Buckeyes now will prepare for a Top 10 clash against No. 10 Baylor at noon Sunday at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
No. 3 Ohio State vs. Purdue
Feb 26, 2009 at Schwartz Tennis Center
West Lafayette, Ind.
No. 3 Ohio State 7, Purdue 0
1. No. 4 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Slavko Bijelica (PU) 6-4, 6-4
2. No. 22 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Branko Kuzmanovic (PU) 6-1, 6-4
3. No. 23 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Eric Ramos (PU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Roberto Cabrini (PU) 6-1, 6-2
5. No. 63 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Griff Nienberg (PU) 6-0, 6-1
6. No. 83 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Thomas Wilson (PU) 6-0, 6-3
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 6, 5, 1, 2
1. No. 37 Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Slavko Bijelica/Griff Nienberg (PU) 8-4
2. P.J. Rose/Branko Kuzmanovic (PU) def. Matt Allare/Mike O’Connell (OSU) 8-7
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Eric Ramos/Paul Foley (PU) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Purdue 3-6, 0-2 Big Ten
Ohio State 12-1, 1-0 Big Ten; National Ranking #3