2009 NCAA Championships Matchups
Friday, May 22, 2009
Men’s Singles Draw
Round of 16
(9-16) Steven Moneke (Ohio State) vs. Jay Weinacker (North Carolina State) TBA
Men’s Doubles Draw
Round of 16
Justin Kronauge/Steven Moneke (Ohio State) vs. (5-8) Omar Altmann/Bassam Beidas (Pepperdine) – TBA
COLUMBUS, Ohio Senior tri-captain Steven Moneke, a member of the national runners-up Ohio State men’s tennis team, advance to the round of 16 Thursday at the 2009 NCAA Singles Championship in College Station, Texas, at Texas A&M’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. Moneke, a two-time ITA All-American (’07 and ’08) advances to the round of 16 for the third-consecutive season and will play 36th-ranked senior Jay Weinacker of North Carolina State at a time to be announced Friday.
In second-round action, the ninth-ranked Moneke, who was named to the 2009 Men’s NCAA Tennis Championship All-Tournament Team Tuesday at No. 2 singles, defeated No. 18 Enrique Oliveras of East Tennessee State, 6-3, 6-3. Oliveras, a two-time Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, falls to Moneke who is now 42-4 overall (team-high) and 20-2 in NCAA play. Moneke now has a program-best 143 career singles wins in his four-year career at Ohio State.
Senior-tri captain and No. 3-seed Bryan Koniecko, a two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year (’07 and ’08) lost his second-round match against No. 21-ranked Alex Clayton of Stanford in three sets 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1. Koniecko loses to Clayton for the second-consecutive season in the NCAA singles draw after dropping a 6-2, 7-6 match in the third round of the 2008 NCAA Singles Championship in Tulsa, Okla. Koniecko, who won the 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Singles Championship last fall, finishes his final Buckeye season with a 37-7 overall record.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Koniecko completes his Buckeye career as one of the most successful student-athletes in program history. He owns multiple program records, including first on the all-time combined career wins list with 254 victories (129, 125), first on the all-time career doubles wins list with 125 triumphs and third on the all-time career singles wins list with 129.
In doubles opening-round action, Kronauge and Moneke paired up to defeat No. 36 Damon Gooch and Philip Nemec of Elon 7-5, 6-4. The Buckeye duo improves to 13-3 overall this season and are winners of nine of their last 11 matches.
Live stats and video of the singles and doubles competitions at the 2009 NCAA Championships are available at www.aggieathletics.com.
2009 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships
Men’s Singles and Doubles Draw
May 21, 2009
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
Round of 32
No. 9 Steven Moneke (Ohio State) def. No. 18 Enrique Oliveras (East Tennessee State), 6-3, 6-3
No. 21 Alex Clayton (Stanford) def. No. 3 Bryan Koniecko (Ohio State), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1
No. 14 Justin Kronauge/Steven Moneke (Ohio State) def. No. 36 Damon Gooch/Philip Nemec (Elon), 7-5, 6-4
*Rankings listed are from the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings