2009 NCAA Championships
Thursday, May 20, 2009
Men’s Singles Draw
(3) Bryan Koniecko (Ohio State) vs. Alex Clayton (Stanford) 2:30 p.m. ET
(9-16) Steven Moneke (Ohio State) vs. Enrique Olivares (East Tennessee State) 2 p.m. ET
Men’s Doubles Draw
Justin Kronauge/Steven Moneke (Ohio State) vs. Damon Gooch/Philip Nemec (Elon) – TBA
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two members of the 2009 national runners-up Ohio State men’s tennis team – senior tri-captains Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke – won their opening-round matches Wednesday in the singles draw at the 2009 NCAA Championships at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M University. Koniecko, the third seed and Moneke (9-16) both advance to the second round for the third-consecutive year.
Koniecko, the two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year (’07 and ’08), defeated SEC Freshman of the Year Carlos Cueto of Florida in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Koniecko, a native of Long Island, N.Y., improves to 37-6 overall and 11-9 in NCAA play for his career. Koniecko, in his fourth NCAA appearance in singles, has advanced as far as the third round in the tournament the last two seasons (2007 and ’08).
“It was good,” Koniecko said. “I had to forget about yesterday. I just told myself I had to stay positive and things would go a little bit better for me. First of all, it’s (the turnaround) not easy on the body and obviously mentally too. The season is over for the team, so you have to focus on yourself for a little bit for the one week you are here and play your own game.”
No. 9 Moneke, who was named to the 2009 Men’s NCAA Tennis Championship All-Tournament Team at No. 2 singles, downed sophomore and 2009 ITA National Rookie of the Year Bradley Klahn of Stanford in straight sets 7-6, 7-6. Moneke is now 41-4 and 19-2 overall in NCAA play.
Junior Justin Kronauge, who was also named to the all-tournament team at No. 3 singles, lost his first-round match against two-time All-WCC first-team honoree and sophomore Dean Jackson of San Diego after forcing a third set. No. 25 Kronauge was upset 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Kronauge, who finishes his singles season 41-8 for the second-consecutive year, has compiled 111 victories in three seasons with the Buckeyes and is sixth on the all-time career singles wins list.
Koniecko and Moneke will now prepare for the second round of the championships Thursday in College Station. Koniecko will take on No. 21-ranked Alex Clayton of Stanford at 2:30 p.m. ET, while Moneke hits the court against 18th-ranked Enrique Olivares of East Tennessee State at 2 p.m. ET.
In doubles, one Buckeye duo will prepare for opening-round action Thursday. Fourteenth-ranked Kronauge and Moneke will face No. 36-ranked Damon Gooch and Philip Nemec of Elon. Kronauge and Moneke are 12-3 overall this season and the first-round match will be the first time the two will be paired in NCAA play.
Live stats and video for both singles and doubles competition of the 2009 NCAA Championships are available at aggieathletics.com.
2009 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships
Men’s Singles Draw
May 20, 2009
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
Round of 64
No. 3 Bryan Koniecko (Ohio State) def. 23 Carlos Cueto (Florida) 6-3, 6-2
No. 9 Steven Moneke (Ohio State) def. Bradley Klahn (Stanford) 7-6, 7-6
No. 52 Dean Jackson (San Diego) def. No. 25 Justin Kronauge (Ohio State) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
*Rankings listed are from the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings