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COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 5 Ohio State men’s tennis team downed No. 13 Kentucky, 5-2, Wednesday at the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky, improving to 21-1 overall on the season. 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. Kronauge is now 29-6 this season, which is a team-high for the 2008-09 campaign.         

Ohio State has now won 11-consecutive matches this season and is now 8-0 on the road in dual competition. The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 12-9, but under current head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 6-0 against Kentucky.

The Buckeyes claimed the important doubles point early in the match to put up a 1-0 advantage. Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa got it started for Ohio State, winning, 8-5, against Alberto Gonzalez and Musialek at No. 3 doubles. Koniecko and Uzawa are now 9-1 in dual action this season.

Kentucky’s Graeme Dyce and Eric Quigley won, 9-7, at No. 2 doubles against Matt Allare and Balazs Novak and tied the doubles score to an even 1-1 stand. The loss is the first of the season for the Buckeye pair and is now 5-1 overall.

In singles, the Wildcats evened the score 1-1 at the No. 2 position. Chase Buchanan, in just his fourth singles match with the Buckeyes, lost 6-2, 6-4, against Cox. In his first few weeks with the team, Buchanan is now 1-2 overall. He had an unfinished match vs. Toledo’s Nutthavit Likitkumchorn Sunday.

After the first singles loss, the Buckeyes won three-consecutive points. No. 100 Allare defeated Gonzalez 7-5, 6-1, at No. 6 singles and has now won 19-consecutive matches this season, which is a team-high this year. Allare improves to 22-2 overall with a perfect 4-0 record at No. 6 singles.

At No. 3 singles, No. 8 Moneke downed Quigley in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to put the Buckeyes one point from victory. Moneke is now 27-4 overall with 128 career triumphs in his four-year span with the Buckeyes. The two-time ITA All-American is five victories away from breaking the career singles wins school record of 132 set by former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03).

At No. 5 singles, No. 96 Novak broke his single-season high in wins 26 (four losses) after defeating Dyce 7-6, 6-0. Novak is now 10-0 at No. 5 singles this season.

The match featured a Top 5 showdown as No. 4 Koniecko, who was honored as Big Ten Athlete of the Week Tuesday, lost a three-set match against No. 5 Agostinelli 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Koniecko has won 14 matches at the No. 1 spot this season with the loss against the Wildcat just his third at the top position in the lineup.

The Buckeyes will return to Big Ten action at Michigan State at noon Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

Tennis Match Final Results

No. 5 Ohio State 5, No. 13 Kentucky 2
Boone Tennis Center
April 1, 2009 at Lexington, Ky.

Singles
1. No. 5 Bruno Agostinelli (UK) def. No. 4 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. Brad Cox (UK) def. Chase Buchanan (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. No. 8 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Eric Quigley 6-4, 6-3
4. No. 18 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Alex Musialek (UK) 6-4, 6-1
5. No. 96 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Graeme Dyce (UK) 7-6, 6-0
6. No. 100 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Alberto Gonzalez (UK) 7-5, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2,6,3,4,5,1

Doubles
1. No. 39 Steven Moneke/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. No.19 Bruno Agostinelli/Brad Cox 9-8
2. Eric Quigley/Graeme Dyce (UK) def. Matt Allare/Balazs Novak (OSU) 9-7
3. Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Alberto Gonzalez/Alex Musialek (UK) 8-5
Order of Finish: 3, 2,1

Match Notes:
Ohio State (21-1; 4-0 Big Ten); National Ranking #5
Kentucky (13-6; 3-3 SEC); National Ranking #13