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COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team finishes out its 2009 road schedule at No. 53 Indiana at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the IU Tennis Center, followed by a Top 15 battle against No. 11 Illinois at noon Sunday at the Atkins Tennis Center. The Buckeyes head into the weekend winning their last 15 dual matches and shutting out 11 of the last 15 opponents, including No. 7 Baylor (7-0), No. 9 UCLA (4-0), No. 20 Notre Dame (7-0), No. 32 LSU (7-0), No. 33 Minnesota (7-0), No. 58 Iowa (7-0) and No. 61 Penn State (7-0).

Live stats and updates will be available at IUHoosiers.com and fightingillini.com.

In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes are 97-5 in their last 102 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 Scarlet and Gray 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.

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 third-ranked team in the nation in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings announced Tuesday. The Buckeyes are 23-1 on the season with 17 wins over ranked opponents: No. 7 Baylor, No. 9 UCLA, No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 14 Kentucky, No. 17 Pepperdine (twice), No. 20 Notre Dame, No. 21 Washington, No. 22 Virginia Tech, No. 25 Wake Forest, No. 32 LSU, No. 33 Minnesota, No. 36 North Carolina, No. 49 Michigan, No. 58 Iowa, No. 61 Penn State and No. 65 Stetson. Ohio State is 11-0 at home, while going 10-0 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 March 31. In singles, Bryan Koniecko is No. 4, while Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge are Nos. 8 and 18, respectively. Sophomore Balazs Novak sits at No. 91 in singles and classmate Shuhei Uzawa is No. 96. Rounding out the list for Ohio State is Matt Allare who is No. 100. The Buckeyes are the only program in Division I to list two members in the Top 10 and are one of two teams, along with Virginia, to have three players ranked among the Top 25.

In doubles, Ohio State ranks four pairs in the latest ITA rankings. Moneke and Novak stand as the 36th-ranked doubles team in the nation. Moneke and Kronauge pair up to be No. 39, while Moneke and Koniecko stand at No. 71. Allare and Kronauge are the fourth Buckeye pair in the doubles polls at No. 73.

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
  3        Ohio State
  11      Illinois
  29      Wisconsin
  33      Minnesota
  48      Northwestern
  49      Michigan
  53      Indiana
  58      Iowa
  61      Penn State

CONFERENCE STANDINGS
Ohio State sits at the top of the Big Ten standings to begin the last month 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. 3 Ohio State

 6

 0

 1.000

23 

 0.958

 No. 11 Illinois

 6

 0

 1.000

 16

 5

 0.762

 No. 33 Minnesota

 4

 2

 0.667

 15

 5

 0.750

 No. 29 Wisconsin

 3

 3

 0.500

 14

 6

 0.700

 No. 61 Penn State

 3

 3

 0.500

 10

 9

 0.526

 No. 58 Iowa

 3

 3

 0.500

 11

 5

 0.688

 No. 53 Indiana

 3

 3

 0.500

 11

 11

 0.500

 No. 48 Northwestern

 3

 3

 0.500

 15

 6

 0.714

 No. 49 Michigan

 2

 4

 0.333

 8

 13

 0.381

 Michigan State

 0

 6

 0.000

 12

 0.571

 Purdue

 0

 6

 0.000

 6

 12

 0.333

THE INDIANA HOOSIERS
Indiana, currently 53rd in the nation, is 11-11 overall this season with a 3-3 record in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers have lost three-consecutive conference matches to No. 58 Iowa April 5 (5-2), No. 33 Minnesota April 3 (6-1) and No. 11 Illinois March 31 (6-1). Indiana is 5-11 against nationally-ranked opponents this season with wins against Wisconsin, Northwestern, Fresno State and Purdue. The Hoosiers are 10-6 this season when playing at home.

INDIANA IN THE RANKINGS
Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson is No. 85 in singles with a 19-12 overall record. Ferguson, a native of Adelaide, Australia, is 10-10 at No. 1 singles and 4-7 against nationally-ranked opponents.

BUCKEYES VS. HOOSIERS
Indiana leads the all-time series, 40-39, against Ohio State. However, under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 8-2 against the Hoosiers, winning the last eight meetings.

THE ILLINI
No. 11 Illinois (16-5; 6-0 Big Ten) is tied with the Buckeyes at the top of the Big Ten standings. The Illini have won three-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents Minnesota (4-3), Iowa (5-2) and Indiana (6-1). Illinois is 10-5 against nationally-ranked opponents this season with key wins against No. 7 Baylor (4-2), No. 10 Florida (4-3) and No. 17 Pepperdine (6-1). The Illini is 0-2 against Top 5 opponents for the 2008-09 campaign, losing to top-rank Virginia, 6-1, in its fourth match of the season and No. 4 Tennessee Feb. 7, 4-3. Illinois is 13-2 this season when playing at home.

ILLINOIS IN THE RANKINGS
The Illini has four players in singles and four doubles pairs ranked in the latest ITA/Campbells standings announced March 31. In singles, freshman Dennis Nevolo is No. 39, while sophomore Roy Kalmanovich is No. 42. Nevolo is 20-10 overall this season with a 6-7 dual-match record and Kalmanovich is 22-10, while going 10-5 in dual action. Senior Marc Spicijaric is No. 79 and freshman George Hudson is No. 123.

In doubles, the Illini have one pair ranked in the Top 20. Nevolo and classmate Ruan Roelofse are 18th in the nation with a 10-3 overall record. The Illinois duo has won the last nine of 10 doubles matches going into action this weeeknd. Junior Marek Czerwinski and Spicijaric sit at No. 49, while junior Sebastian Lystad and Hudson are No. 61. Junior Billy Heiser and Czerwinski are the fourth Illinois doubles team listed in the standings at No. 70.

BUCKEYES VS. THE ILLINI
Illinois leads the all-time series 30-54-1 against the Ohio State. However, under head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State has won three-consecutive matches against the Illini, winning seven of the last eight meetings. The two teams last met during the 2008 NCAA Tournament Round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla. Ohio State defeated Illinois, 4-3, improving to 3-0 against the Illini during the 2007-08 season.

TEAM LEADERS
Two Buckeyes are tied for the most wins on the season with 30 victories. Bryan Koniecko, ranked fourth in singles, is 30-4 overall, while teammate and No. 18 Justin Kronauge owns a 30-6 ledger. Koniecko, the 2008 ITA Indoor Singles Champion, is 19-3 in dual matches this season, posting a 15-3 record at No. 1 singles. Kronauge, who was named the Big Ten Player of the Week March 17, has won 13-consecutive matches including a 9-0 record at No. 3 singles.

In doubles, the Buckeye pair of Matt Allare and Kronauge leads the team in doubles wins with 12 (four losses). The duo is 8-3 in dual matches this season and is 6-3 at No. 1 doubles.

AGAINST THE BEST
Senior Bryan Koniecko is 19-4 against opponents ranked in the ITA/NCAA Division I poll. For the season, Koniecko, currently fourth the in latest ITA standings, owns a 30-4 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. 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                         21
Balazs Novak                     14
Justin Kronauge                  13
Shuhei Uzawa                    9
Steven Moneke                   6
Steven Williams                   5

SEVERAL BUCKEYES HIT 20-WIN MARK
Six members of the team have won 20 singles matches. Senior Bryan Koneicko (30) and junior Justin Kronauge (30), senior Steven Moneke (29), sophomores Balazs Novak (28), Shuhei Uzawa (24) and Matt Allare (24) have all won at least 20 singles matches this season.

Koniecko and Moneke have a combined dual match record of 39-4, while Kronauge is 19-3 in dual action.

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 20-win mark for the second-consecutive year.

Allare, who has won 21-consecutive matches in the 2009 spring season, is 24-2 overall and has tied his single-season career high in wins with 24 from 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 130 career singles wins and is three victories away from breaking the career singles wins school record of 132 set by former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03).

Koniecko, a two-time All-American, has 122 career singles wins as a Buckeye and most recently passed Devin Mullings (2003-07) for fourth. For the past four seasons, both Moneke and Koniecko have had at least 20 singles wins.

In doubles, Koniecko has 114 career victories and is fourth on the Ohio State all-time list, which is the most for an active member. Koniecko is three wins shy of tying Scott Green (2003-06) for second.

Moneke began the season 13th all-time in career wins and is now fifth. Moneke has 92 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 236 (122, 114), while Moneke is second with 222 triumphs (130, 92). 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, passed Jeremy Wurtzman (108, 74; 2001-04) for fourth on the all-time list with 182 victories after defeating Jared Miller and Nutthavit Likitkumchorn of Toledo, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles March 29 with Koniecko. Kronauge, a 2008 ITA All-American, now has 190 victories in less than four complete seasons with the Scarlet and Gray.

THE BIG TEN’S BEST
Three Buckeyes have been honored as Big Ten Player of Week the conference annuoncend this season. Steven Moneke, Bryan Koniecko and Justin Kronauge have been recipients of the weekly award. For the second-consecutive week, a member of the Scarlet and Gray has been named Big Ten Athlete of the Week this time senior tri-captain Steven Moneke.

Moneke was the Buckeyes’ sixth conference player of the week this season, which leads the league. Illinois and Wisconsin each have four Big Ten Athlete of the Week honorees. Ranked eighth in the most recent edition of the ITA polls (March 31), Moneke won three singles and two doubles matches last week to lead Ohio State to victory over then-No. 13 Kentucky (5-2), Michigan State (7-0) and then-No. 47 Michigan (6-1) to improve to 23-1 overall on the season.

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 the Tigers, where the two-time All-American defeated then-No. 5 Michael Venus, the 2008 ITA All-American singles Champion, 6-2, 6-3. Moneke, a native of Alten-Buseck, Germany, is ranked eighth in the nation.

Koniecko recently received the honor for the second-time this season announced by the conference March 31. With his combined six victories, Koniecko lifted the Buckeyes past in-state foe Toledo, 4-0, and two conference rivals in Iowa (7-0) and Minnesota (7-0). The two-time All-American is now 19-3 against ranked opponents this season and 28-3 overall with a 14-2 mark at No. 1 singles.

Senior tri-captain Koniecko also received the weekly honor Feb. 10. Koniecko defeated two ranked opponents en route to recording singles and doubles victories in both contests. Koniecko downed then-No. 73 Clay Donato of North Carolina and then-No. 34 Cory Parr of Wake Forest.

Kronauge 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
Last season, 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 80-4.

Ohio State has won 46-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents and is now 97-5 in its last 102 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.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State improved to 23-1 overall and a perfect 10-0 on the road this season after defeating No. 13 Kentucky, 5-2, Michigan State, 7-0, and No. 47 Michigan, 6-1, last week. The Buckeyes have now won 15-consecutive matches this season.

Against Kentucky, junior Justin Kronauge helped claimed both the doubles and singles matches for the Buckeyes. Paired with Steven Moneke as the 39th-ranked doubles team in the nation, the Buckeye duo defeated No. 19 Bruno Agostinelli and Brad Cox, 9-8, in No, 1 doubles, claiming the doubles point for Ohio State. No. 18 Kronauge went on to seal the match for the Buckeyes, downing Alex Musialek, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.

Sophomore Balazs Novak claimed both the singles and doubles matches to seal the win against Michigan. Paired with classmate Matt Allare, the Buckeye duo defeated Chris Madden and Andrew Mazlin, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles. In singles, Novak, ranked No. 91, downed Mike DePietro 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6 singles to improve to 27-4 on the season with a 14-match win streak.

NEXT TIME OUT
Ohio State will now prepare for its final regular-season home stand, welcoming Northwestern at 3 p.m. April 17 followed by a dual-doubleheader against Wisconsin at noon and Wright State at 3 p.m. Sunday.