COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 5 Ohio State men’s tennis team improved to 5-0 in Big Ten play after defeating Michigan State, 7-0, Saturday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes have now won 45-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents and are now 96-5 in their last 101 league matches, including postseason play.
Ohio State (22-1; 5-0 Big Ten) improves to 37-35 in the all-time series against the Spartans. Under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are a perfect 10-0 against Michigan State.
In doubles, Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa moved to 10-1 in dual action this season with an 8-3 victory against Alex Forger and John Stratton at No. 2 doubles.
The Buckeyes sealed the doubles point after sophomores Matt Allare and Mike O’Connell defeated Brendan Kinkopf and Scott Rasmussen, 8-4. The Buckeye duo is now 2-1 at No. 3 doubles.
In singles, the Buckeyes defeated each Spartan opponent. No. 81 Uzawa kept the momentum going in the second part of the match, winning in straight sets 6-0, 6-0, against Stratton at No. 6 singles. Uzawa has won nine-consecutive matches this season.
Freshman Chase Buchanan made his debut at the third spot for the Buckeyes and defeated Rasmussen 6-2, 6-1. At No. 2 singles, No. 8 Moneke downed John Allare, 6-2, 6-2, claiming the match for the Buckeyes. Moneke is now 28-4 overall with 129 career triumphs in his four-year span with the Buckeyes. The two-time ITA All-American is four victories away from breaking the program record for career singles wins of 132 set by former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03).
At the top singles spot, No. 4 Koniecko improved to 15-3 at No. 1 singles, winning 6-3, 6-2 against Forger. Koniecko has 121 career singles wins in his four-year span with the Scarlet and Gray and needs six wins to pass former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) with 126 victories for third on the all-time career wins list.
No. 88 Balazs Novak passed his single-season wins mark from last season, improving to 26-4 this season. The sophomore defeated Ronnie Hulewicz in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.
Finishing match play for Ohio State was No. 100 Matt Allare at No. 4 singles. Allare improved his singles winning streak to 20-consecutive matches with a 6-1, 7-6 win against Austin Brooks.
The Buckeyes end play this weekend at No. 47 Michigan at noon Sunday in Ann Arbor.
Tennis Match Final Results
No. 5 Ohio State 7, Michigan State 0
MSU Indoor Tennis Facility
April 4, 2009 at East Lansing, Mich.
1. No. 4 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Alex Forger (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. No. 8 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. John Allare(MSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Scott Rasmussen (MSU) 6-2, 6-1
4. No. 100 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Austin Brooks (MSU) 6-1, 7-6
5. No. 88 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Ronnie Hulewicz (MSU) 6-0, 6-0
6. No. 81 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. John Stratton (MSU) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6,3,2,1,5,4
1. John Allare/Jason Norville (MSU) def. No. 41 Balazs Novak/Steven Moneke (OSU) 8-7
2. Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Alex Forger/John Stratton (MSU) 8-3
3. Matt Allare/Mike O’Connell (OSU) def. Brendan Kinkopf/Scott Rasmussen (MSU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 2,3,1
Ohio State 22-1; National Ranking #5
Michigan State 12-8