COLUMBUS, Ohio The third-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 35 Michigan, 4-1, Saturday at Stickney Tennis Center to advance to the round of 16 of the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes (33-1; 13-0 Big Ten) will play the winner of the Alabama/Boise State match in College Station, Texas, at 4 p.m. ET Thursday May 14. Texas A&M will serve as the championships host.
It is the sixth time in program history the Buckeyes will compete in round of 16 action at the NCAA championships (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009).
Ohio State improves its win streak to 25-consecutive matches this season and 3-0 against the Maize and Blue in 2009 6-1, 4-1 (Big Ten Tournament Semifinal), 4-1 (NCAA Second Round). In NCAA action, under 10th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State has a 19-9 overall record.
Competing in 20 mile per hour winds, the Buckeyes jumped out to early leads in all three doubles matches, including 4-1 advantages at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles. Once again the pair of Justin Kronauge and Matt Allare was the first duo off the courts in the NCAA Columbus regional with its 8-3 win over Michigan’s Jason Jung and George Navas. Kronauge and Allare improve their doubles record to 14-5.
“It feels good to win,” Tucker said. “It’s never easy to play in these windy conditions and win both singles and doubles. Michigan is a very underrated team. Nobody played us harder than them.”
After Ohio State tandem Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa held a 7-3 lead and were serving for the match and doubles point, Michigan’s Peter Aarts and Mike Sroczynski battled back for a break point and two service points to cut the deficit to 7-6. However, Koniecko and Uzawa were able to serve out the match for the 8-6 victory. The duo now has won 13-consecutive matches, the longest win streak by an Ohio State pair this season.
Steven Moneke and Chase Buchanan were leading the Wolverines’ Chris Madden and Andrew Mazlin, 7-5, when the Buckeyes clinched the point.
At No. 6 singles, Buchanan limited Drew Daniel to three points en route to a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Buchanan is 4-0 at No. 6 singles and is a winner of eight-consecutive matches.
It appeared Kronauge would be off the courts first at No. 3 singles after beating Sroczynski, 6-2, in the first set and leading 5-2 in the second. However, Sroczynski made it 5-4 after a break and two holds. Serving for the match, Kronauge was able to hold off the Michigan rally and win the second set, 6-4, for the Buckeyes’ third point.
Jung beat Koniecko 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles and Michigan cut the Buckeye lead to 3-1.
Moneke clinched the Ohio State win courtesy of a second-set break in the 10th game of the set. The Buckeye opened play in domination fashion, winning 6-2. With both players on serve through the ninth game, Moneke was able to break Mazlin’s serve for the deciding victory. Moneke is now 37-4 overall this season with a 11-1 record at No. 2 singles. He became the program’s all-time career singles leader during the 2009 campaign and improves his record to 138 victories in his four-year term with the Buckeyes.
Tennis Match Results
Michigan vs. Ohio State
May 9, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio
(Stickney Tennis Center)
#3 Ohio State 4, #35 Michigan 1
1. #93 Jason Jung (UM) def. #3 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. #9 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Andrew Mazlin (UM) 6-2, 6-4
3. #25 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Mike Sroczynski (UM) 6-2, 6-4
4. #113 Matt Allare (OSU) vs. Chris Madden (UM) 4-6, 6-2, 0-1, unfinished
5. #74 Balazs Novak (OSU) vs. George Navas (UM) 3-6, 5-2, unfinished
6. Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Drew Daniel (UM) 6-1, 6-2
1. Matt Allare/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. #53 Jason Jung/George Navas (UM) 8-3
2. Chase Buchanan/Steven Moneke (OSU) vs. Chris Madden/Andrew Mazlin (UM) 7-5, unfinished
3. Shuhei Uzawa/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Peter Aarts/Mike Sroczynski (UM) 8-6
Michigan 14-15; National ranking #35
Ohio State 33-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3,1,2)