COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 6 Ohio State men’s tennis team swept No. 52 Iowa, 7-0, Friday at the Stickney Tennis Center, improving its win streak to 10-consecutive matches. The Buckeyes have now shut out eight of their last 10 opponents and bettered their program-record home win streak to 82-consecutive matches, dating back to the 2003 season.
Ohio State (18-1; 3-0 Big Ten) has won 43-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents and is now 94-5 in its last 99 league matches, including postseason play. The Buckeyes improve their all-time series record against Iowa (10-3; 2-1 Big Ten) to 29-21. Ohio State has triumphed 10-consecutive times against the Hawkeyes, all of which have come under current head coach Ty Tucker.
Highlighting the day was senior tri-captain and No. 8 Steven Moneke at No. 3 singles defeating Nikita Zotov 6-1, 6-1. The win marks the 126th victory for the Alten-Buseck, Germany, native tying former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) for second on the all-time career singles wins list. Moneke is now seven wins shy of breaking the program career singles record set by Vince Ng (1999-03) with 132 triumphs.
In doubles, Matt Allare and Justin Kronauge won their team-high 11th match (four losses) with an 8-1 victory against No. 55 Christian Bierich and Zotov at court No. 1, marking the Buckeyes’ first win of the day. The duo is now 7-3 in dual matches this season and 5-3 at No. 1 doubles.
Freshman Chase Buchanan, who signed with Ohio State during the 2008 early signing period as the No. 1 ranked player in the nation, made his home debut in duo competition with senior co-captain Bryan Koniecko at No. 3 doubles. The Buckeye pair downed Tommy McGeorge and Will Vasos, 8-3, as Buchanan claimed his first match victory of his collegiate career and Ohio State put up an early 1-0 advantage against the Hawkeyes.
At court No. 2, No. 41 Steven Moneke and Balazs Novak battled back against Patrick Dwyer and Gregory Holm after the Hawkeye pair took an early lead and won, 8-7. The Buckeye duo is now 7-1 overall with a perfect 5-0 record at No. 2 position.
In singles, Ohio State once again showed its depth in the lineup defeating each opponent in straight sets. After Moneke’s memorable win, No. 3 Koniecko defeated Bierich 6-3, 6-3 on court No. 1, while No. 21 Kronauge downed Reinoud Haal 6-3, 6-0 on court No. 2. Koniecko and Kronauge improve to a team-high 26 victories.
Sophomore and No. 88 Novak is now 23-4 overall after winning 6-2, 6-1 against McGeorge on court No. 5, while classmate and No. 81 Shuhei Uzawa defeated Dwyer 6-1, 6-1. Uzawa is 23-6 on the season and the two Buckeyes have now combined for 93 victories in their first two seasons in the Scarlet and Gray.
No. 100 Allare finished out play for Ohio State grinding out a 6-4, 7-6 victory against Vasos on court No. 4. Allare has won 17-consecutive matches for the 2009 spring season, becoming the sixth Buckeye to hit the 20-win mark with a 20-2 overall record.
Ohio State will be back in action Sunday for a dual-doubleheader welcoming No. 28 Minnesota at noon and Toledo at 5:30 p.m. Location to be announced. Live updates will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Tennis Match Final Results
No. 6 Ohio State 7, No. 52 Iowa 0
Stickney Tennis Center
March 27, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio
1. No. 3 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Christian Bierich (Iowa) 6-3, 6-3
2. No. 21 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Reinoud Haal (Iowa) 6-3, 6-0
3. No. 8 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Nikita Zotov (Iowa) 6-1, 6-1
4. No. 100 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Will Vasos (Iowa) 6-4, 7-6
5. No. 88 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Tommy McGeorge (Iowa) 6-2, 6-1
6. No. 81 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Patrick Dwyer (Iowa) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 6, 5, 4
1. Matt Allare/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. No. 55 Christian Bierich/Nikita Zotov (Iowa) 8-1
2. No. 41 Steven Moneke/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Patrick Dwyer/Gregory Holm (Iowa) 8-7
3. Bryan Koniecko/Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Tommy McGeorge/Will Vasos (Iowa) 8-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
Ohio State 18-1; National Ranking #6
Iowa 10-3; National Ranking #52