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COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 25 Notre Dame, 7-0, Saturday at The Ohio State University Indoor Varsity Tennis Center. No. 63 Balazs Novak claimed the win for the Buckeyes at No. 5 singles, defeating Notre Dame’s David Anderson in two sets 6-3, 6-1. Novak improves to 13-4 overall on the season, and is now 8-1 in dual action.

Ohio State (10-1; 0-0 Big Ten) has now won 78-consecutive home matches, which dates back to 2003.

The Scarlet and Gray is 24-26 in the all-time series against the Fighting Irish. Under head coach Ty Tucker, who is in his 10th season at the helm of the Buckeyes, Ohio State is 6-4 against Notre Dame, winning the last three.

“It’s good to get back at home and play a match and win against a good Notre Dame team,” Tucker said. “We need to start out a little better in doubles, but I was happy with what I saw at No. 1 doubles. It was good to see the fans come out today, and we need to be energized tomorrow to take on a tough LSU squad.”
     
In doubles, Justin Kronauge and Steven Moneke won the first match of the day, sweeping Stephen Havens and Tyler Davis, 8-0, in No. 1 doubles. Moneke now is one doubles win away from tying Stephen Miguel (85) (1987-90) for fifth on the OSU all-time career doubles wins list. The senior captain also improves to a team-best 15-3 this season.

Kronauge improves to 14-4 and ties Kevin Dibelius (1987-1990) for sixth on the Buckeye all-time career doubles wins list with 81 triumphs. The Buckeye pair is 4-1 when playing together in 2008-09.

At No. 2 doubles, paired for only the second time this season, Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa defeated Fighting Irish tandem Niall Fitzgerald and Matt Johnson, 8-6, to seal the doubles win for the Buckeyes. The OSU pair went up a break after the ninth game and went on to improve to 2-0 this season when matched up.

Koniecko is 11-2 in doubles and is fourth on the Buckeye all-time career wins list with 102, which is currently the most doubles wins by any active member on the Scarlet and Gray squad. Uzawa improves to a perfect 6-0 this season in doubles.

In singles, Matt Allare improved to 12-2 after defeating Fitzgerald 6-3, 6-4, at No. 4 singles and gave the Buckeyes an early 2-0 lead. Allare has now won nine-consecutive singles matches this season and is 2-0 at No. 4 singles.

Just seconds later, No. 4 Koniecko put the Buckeyes within one point of claiming the match with a 6-4, 6-0 victory against Havens at No. 1 singles. Koniecko improves to 19-2 on the season and is 8-1 at No. 1 singles.

At No. 6 singles, No. 82 Uzawa took down Davis 6-2, 6-4. Uzawa improves to 16-6 and is 4-1 at the No. 6 position. Kronauge, standing at 23rd in the ITA standings, claimed a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Casey Watt at No. 3. Kronauge is 18-6 in singles and 4-0 at No. 3 singles.

The final singles match to finish came at No. 2 singles between No. 22 Moneke and No. 122 Daniel Stahl. After dropping the first set, Moneke battled back to take the final two to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Moneke has won 10-consecutive singles matches this season and improves to 19-3 overall in singles and a perfect 10-0 in dual action for the 2009 spring season.

The Buckeyes return to action at noon Sunday to face No. 14 LSU at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.

Tennis Match Results
No. 25 Notre Dame 0, No. 3 Ohio State 7
Feb. 21, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center

Singles
1. No. 4 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Stephen Havens (UND) 6-4, 6-0
2. No. 22 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. No. 122 Daniel Stahl (UND) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
3. No. 23 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Casey Watt (UND) 6-1, 6-4
4. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Niall Fitzgerald (UND) 6-3, 6-4
5. No. 63 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. David Anderson (UND) 6-3, 6-1
6. No. 82 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Tyler Davis (UND) 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 5, 6, 3, 2

Doubles
1. Justin Kronauge/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Stephen Havens/Tyler Davis (UND) 8-0
2. Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Niall Fitzgerald/Matt Johnson (UND) 8-6
3. Matt Allare/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Santiago Montoya/David Anderson (UND) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

Match Notes:
Notre Dame 6-5; National ranking #25
Ohio State 10-1; National ranking #3