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Buckeyes clinched 2009 regular-season title with a perfect 10-0 record

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s tennis team, ranked third in the country, begins its 2008-09 postseason campaign Friday as the No. 1 seed in the 2009 Big Ten Tournament at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Buckeyes, who claimed the top seed for the fourth year in a row after winning its fourth-consecutive regular-season league title, will play the winner of No. 8 seed Wisconsin-No. 9 Iowa match at 10 a.m. Friday.

Ohio State (28-1; 10-0 Big Ten) has won 20-consecutive matches this season after suffering its only loss to then-No. 8 Tennessee, 4-3, in a quarterfinal match at the 2009 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships Feb. 14 in Chicago. 

Live stats and updates as well as tournament bracket information of the 2009 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament can be found at www.mgoblue.com. Admission is free for each of the four days of the championship.

THE 2009 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
The Buckeyes claimed their fourth No. 1 seed at the league tournament after the squad captured its fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular season title. Ohio State has won six regular-season titles in school history. The Buckeyes have recorded 50-consecutive victories in league play and are currently 101-5 in their last 106 conference matches, including postseason play.

Illinois (8-2, 19-7) enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2 seed, while Minnesota (7-3, 17-6) clinched the No. 3 spot. Michigan (6-4, 12-13) edged out Northwestern (6-4, 18-7) for the No. 4 seed as the Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 4-3, during regular season play.

In first-round action Thursday, No. 8 Wisconsin (4-6; 15-9 Big Ten) will play No. 9 Iowa (4-6; 12-8) in the opening match of the tournament at 9 a.m., No. 6 seed Indiana (5-5; 13-13) will play No. 11 Michigan State at noon and closing out Day 1 is No. 7 seed Penn State (4-6; 13-12) and No. 10 seed Purdue (1-9; 7-15) in at 3 p.m.

Each of the Top five teams received a first-round bye and will start tournament play on Friday. The tournament begins on Thursday morning with the title match set for Sunday at noon.

BIG TEN NETWORK TO AIR FINAL MATCH
The championship match at noon Sunday will be televised by the Big Ten Network on a tape delay on Sunday, May 3 at 6 p.m.

OHIO STATE IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
After Illinois dominated the league the previous nine years, the Buckeyes were able to climb their way to the top of the regular season and tournament standings in 2006 and have remained there since.

Under current head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have won four of the six Big Ten tournament titles since he took charge of the program during the 1999-2000 campaign.

The Buckeyes have claimed six Big Ten Tournament titles since tennis officially became a varsity sport at Ohio State in 1912, including three-consecutive tournament championships.

Last season, Ohio State defeated Illinois, 4-3, at the final in Iowa City. The Buckeyes finished the 2007-08 campaign with a program-high 35 wins (two losses), going a perfect 13-0 in league play.

In 2007, Ohio State had another record-breaking year winning 30 times during the season and only claiming two losses. The Buckeyes finished the season 13-0 in the conference after defeating Illinois in the tournament final, 4-1, in West Lafeyette, Ind.

The 2006 campaign was started the Buckeyes’ reign at the top of league standings. Ohio State defeated Illinois, 4-3, in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes finished the regular season 28-2 overall and 13-0 in conference play.

REGULAR-SEASON DOMINANCE
Ohio State won its fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title after shutting out then-No. 30 Wisconsin, 7-0, April 19 at the Stickney Tennis Center on senior day in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes finished the regular-season with a perfect 10-0 record in league action for the fourth-consecutive year to earn its sixth Big Ten regular-season crown in program history.

As a team, Ohio State is 58-2 overall in singles and 26-4 in doubles matches in league play. Five members went perfect through the conference in singles, including senior tri-captains Steven Moneke (10-0) and Bryan Koniecko (10-0). The sophomore class also showed its strength with Balazs Novak (10-0), Matt Allare (9-0) and Shuhei Uzawa (5-0) owning clean slates in conference action while junior Justin Kronauge recorded just one loss as he went 9-1 in the Big Ten regular season.

In doubles, two Buckeye duos own perfect league ledgers with at least five victories. Koniecko and Uzawa lead Ohio State with an 8-0 record, while Kronauge and Moneke are 5-0 overall. 

THE SHUT OUT
The Buckeyes head into the 2009 conference tournament winning their last 24 dual matches the season while shutting out 15 of the last 20 opponents, including No. 5 UCLA (4-0), No. 7 Baylor (7-0), No. 29 Notre Dame (7-0), No. 30 LSU (7-0), No. 32 Minnesota (7-0), No. 36 Wisconsin (7-0), No. 42 Northwestern (7-0), No. 53 Indiana (7-0), No. 54 Penn State (7-0) and No. 65 Iowa (7-0). On its way to its fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title, Ohio State claimed sole possession of first place in the conference with a perfect 8-0 record after defeating then-No. 11 Illinois, 6-1, April 12 for the fourth-consecutive time.

OHIO STATE RANKS HIGH
Ohio State is ranked third in the nation in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings announced Tuesday. The Buckeyes are 28-1 on the season with 21 wins over ranked opponents: No. 5 UCLA, No. 7 Baylor, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 14 Illinois, No. 17 Pepperdine (twice), No. 18 Wake Forest, No. 24 Virginia Tech, No. 27 Washington, No. 29 Notre Dame, No. 30 LSU, No. 32 Minnesota, No. 35 North Carolina, No. 36 Wisconsin, No. 37 Michigan, No. 42 Northwestern, No. 53 Indiana, No. 54 Penn State, No. 65 Iowa, and then-No. 65 Stetson. Ohio State is 14-0 at home, while going 12-0 on the road in dual competition. The Buckeyes are 2-1 at a neutral site after participating in the 2009 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago. 

Under 10th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have now been ranked in the Top 25 in the ITA rankings for nine-consecutive years. For the past two seasons, Ohio State has earned a preseason ranking of No. 3 and finished third behind Georgia and Virginia both in 2007 and 08. In 2009, the Buckeyes received a No. 1 preseason ranking.

OHIO STATE IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes have six members listed in the latest ITA singles and doubles polls announced Tuesday. In singles, Bryan Koniecko is No. 3, while Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge are Nos. 9 and 25, respectively. Sophomore Balazs Novak sits at No. 70 in singles and classmate Shuhei Uzawa is No. 101. Rounding out the list for Ohio State is Matt Allare who is No. 108. The Buckeyes are the only program in Division I to list two members in the Top 10 and also three players ranked in the Top 25.

In doubles, Ohio State ranks two pairs in the latest ITA rankings. Moneke and Kronauge stand as the 17th-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, while Moneke and Novak are No. 53.

BIG TEN RANKINGS
Nine of 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings announced Tuesday.
 
RANK  SCHOOL
  3       Ohio State
  14     Illinois
  32     Minnesota
  36     Wisconsin
  37     Michigan
  42     Northwestern
  53     Indiana
  54     Penn State
  65     Iowa

HOME SWEET HOME
With wins against Northwestern, Wisconsin and Wright State April 17-19, Ohio State has now won a school-record 87-consecutive home matches dating back to the 2002-03 season. No other Big Ten team in any sport has won as many contests in a row at home. The Buckeyes won all 16 home competitions last season, marking the fifth-consecutive year it has achieved perfection on its home courts. The streak began in 2003 with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6. This season, Ohio State is 14-0 at home.

20-SOMETHINGS
Head coach Ty Tucker has led the Buckeyes to 20 or more wins in eight of nine complete seasons at Ohio State. Last year marked a record-breaking year for the Buckeyes as they compiled a 35-2 record, earning the most wins in a single season in school history.

NO. 8 SEED WISCONSIN BADGERS
No. 36 Wisconsin (15-9; 4-6 Big Ten) is the No. 8 seed in the 2009 Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes defeated the Badgers, 7-0, April 19 at the Stickney Tennis Center.  The Badgers lost their last three Big Ten matches to Penn State and Minnesota before falling to Ohio State. Away from its home court in Madison, Wis., the Badgers are 5-7 this season. Wisconsin began the season winning the first five matches before losing to No. 57 East Tennessee State, 4-3, Jan. 30 at home. The Badgers have key wins against Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Michigan.

Wisconsin finished tied for second place in the conference last season with Illinois, which was it best finish since placing second at the end of the 1978 campaign. The Badgers will look to make a run for its first Big Ten championship in program history.

WISCONSIN IN THE RANKINGS
The Badgers have two members listed in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings. Sophomore Moritz Baumann is No. 31, while freshman Marek Michalicka is No. 55. Baumann is 22-1 overall and owns a 16-1 mark at No. 1 singles. Michalicka is 14-7 overall, while going 12-2 at No. 2 singles this season.
In doubles, Baumann and Michalicka stand at No. 22 in the ITA polls. The Badger duo is 18-4 overall and at No. 1 doubles.

BUCKEYES VS. THE BADGERS
Ohio State leads the all-time series 34-32 against Wisconsin. Under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are a perfect 16-0 against the Badgers.

NO. 9 SEED IOWA HAWKEYES
Iowa (12-8; 4-6 Big Ten) enters the league tournament after losing six of its last eight dual matches this season. The Buckeyes defeated the Hawkeyes, 7-0, at home March 27 at the Stickney Tennis Center this season. Iowa defeated ranked opponents Indiana (5-2), Michigan (4-3) and DePaul (6-1) this spring. However, the Hawkeyes are 3-7 against nationally-ranked opponents this season, going 2-7 away from their home courts.

The Hawkeyes have claimed one Big Ten championship in its program’s history during the 1958 season and has only finished in the Top 5 of the conference standings once since 1985. In 1993, Iowa finished fifth in the league.

BUCKEYES VS. THE HAWKEYES
Ohio State leads the all-time series against Iowa, 29-21. The Buckeyes have defeated the Hawkeyes 10-consecutive times, all of which have come under current head coach Ty Tucker.

TEAM LEADERS
Three Buckeye member lead the team for the most wins on the season with 34 victories in Bryan Koniecko, Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge. Koniecko, ranked third in singles, is 34-4 overall. Koniecko, the 2008 ITA Indoor Singles Champion, is 22-4 in dual matches this season, posting a 19-3 record at No. 1 singles. Moneke is 34-4 overall this season with a 25-1 dual-match record, while Kronauge is 34-7 with a 23-4 dual-match mark.

In doubles, the Buckeye pair of Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa leads the team in doubles wins with 16 (one loss). The duo is 16-1 in dual matches this season and is 8-1 at No. 2 doubles. Koniecko and Uzawa have won nine-consecutive doubles matches.

AGAINST THE BEST
Senior Bryan Koniecko is 23-4 against opponents ranked in the ITA/NCAA Division I poll. For the season, Koniecko, currently third in the latest ITA standings, owns a 34-4 overall record.

Bryan Koniecko Wins vs. Ranked Opponents in 2008-09:
No. 121 Marc Dwyer (Northwestern), 6-2, 6-1
No. 116 Slavko Bijelica (Purdue), 6-4, 6-4
No. 99 Kellen Damico (Texas), 6-4, 7-5
No. 92 Nicolas Delgado (Virginia Tech), 6-4, 6-0
No. 91 Patrik Fischer (Washington), 6-1, 7-5
No. 85 Lachlan Ferguson (Indiana) 6-1, 6-4
No. 79 Marc Spicijaric (Illinois), 6-4, 6-1
No. 63 Marc Spicijaric (Illinois), 6-2, 6-2
No. 62 Ishay Hadash (Minnesota) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
No. 51 Haythem Abid (UCLA), 6-1, 6-2
No. 50 Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin) 6-1, 7-5
No. 49 Jordan Rux (Baylor), 6-3, 6-4
No. 40 Austen Childs (Louisville), 7-5, 6-0
No. 36 Clay Donato (North Carolina), 6-3, 7-5
No. 27 Bassam Beidas (Pepperdine), 6-0, 6-2
No. 27 Bassam Beidas (Pepperdine), 6-4, 6-4
No. 26 Cory Parr (Wake Forest), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 23 Sanam Singh (Virginia), 2-6, 7-6, 6-1
No. 21 Justin Kronauge (Ohio State), 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
No. 21 Justin Kronauge (Ohio State), 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
No. 16 Conor Pollock (Texas A&M), 7-5, 7-6 (3)
No. 8 Steven Moneke (Ohio State), 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
No. 2 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (Oklahoma State), 6-2, 6-2

BUCKEYE STREAKS
Several Buckeyes come into the conference tournament with winning streaks in singles and doubles play. Sophomore Matt Allare leads the way for Ohio State with a team-high 25-consecutive singles wins during the 2009 spring season, while tri-captain Bryan Koniecko has won 12-consecutive doubles matches.

Singles
Player                         Win Streak          
Matt Allare                          25
Balazs Novak                     18
Steven Moneke                  11
Shuhei Uzawa                   10
Bryan Koniecko                   6
Chase Buchanan                 5

Doubles
Player                         Win Streak
Bryan Koniecko                  12
Shuhei Uzawa                     9
Steven Moneke                    5

SEVERAL BUCKEYES HIT 20-WIN MARK
Six members of the team have won 25 or more singles matches. Senior Bryan Koniecko (34), junior Justin Kronauge (34), senior Steven Moneke (34), sophomores Balazs Novak (32), Matt Allare (28) Shuhei Uzawa (25) and have all won at least 25 singles matches this season.
Koniecko and Moneke have a combined dual match record of 48-4, while Kronauge is 23-4 in dual action.

Uzawa, a native of Chiba, Japan, has been impressive in his second season for the Buckeyes with a 25-6 overall record and 12-1 mark at No. 6 singles. The sophomore has surpassed his freshman record of 21 triumphs this year, while his classmate Novak hit the 30-win mark for the first time in his career. Novak is currently on an 18-match win streak.

Allare, who has won 25-consecutive matches in the 2009 spring season, is 28-2 overall and has earned four wins more as a sophomore than he did a season ago.

THE 2009 SENIOR CLASS
Senior tri-captains Ty Schaub, Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko were honored after the Wisconsin game April 19 on senior day as the Buckeyes received its fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season trophy. The 2009 senior class has won four Big Ten regular-season titles and three Big Ten tournament titles since joining the team in the 2005-06 campaign.

“It’s a sad day to see those three guys play some of their last home matches for Ohio State,” Tucker said. “At the same time, they’ve done a good job of helping to raise the program by taking it more seriously in each match. We start a new season now with championship season beginning and we just want to try to give our best performance possible out there. When you play around 35 matches in a season, sometimes you are not going to play your best, but as long as we continue to get quality guys like Ty, Steven and Bryan, we are going to be successful because they’ve played with heart.”

Schaub, Moneke and Koniecko have never lost at home in their four years at Ohio State and have won more matches than any other class in program history. The 2009 senior class has a 121-7 record (.945), advanced the NCAA tournament quarterfinals three-consecutive years and has a perfect 49-0 Big Ten record.

MONEKE, KONIECKO AT THE TOP OF THE RECORD BOOK
Senior tri-captains Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko stand at the top of the program’s all-time career wins list for singles and doubles. In singles, Moneke, a two-time ITA All-American, has 135 career singles wins and is the program’s all-time career singles wins leader. Moneke passed former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03) with 132 victories after defeating Joshua Graves of Northwestern, 6-2, 6-3 April 17 at No. 3 singles.

“I started thinking about the record in the second set,” Moneke said. “I’m honored to be in the company with Vince Ng, he’s a legend in our program. I’ve heard stories on how hard he worked everyday. I couldn’t of asked for anything better than breaking it at home in my last couple of matches in Columbus. It’s a great feeling.”

Koniecko, a two-time All-American, has 126 career singles wins as a Buckeye and is now tied with former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) for third on the all-time list. For the past four seasons, both Moneke and Koniecko have had at least 20 singles wins.

In doubles, Koniecko, the 2008 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, has 119 career victories and is the program’s all-time career doubles wins leader. Koniecko passed former Buckeyes Ross Wilson (2003-06) and Drew Eberly (2005-08) with 118 wins after defeating Brad Krick and Pip Rehg of Wright State, 8-0, April 19 at No. 3 doubles paired with tri-captain Ty Schaub.

“It was exciting during senior day to break the record and win the Big Ten regular-season for the fourth-consecutive year,” Koniecko said. “It’s been a pleasure to share it with my teammates, but we are looking forward to take it to the next level and do well at nationals.”

Moneke began the season 13th all-time in career wins and is now fifth. Moneke has 96 career doubles wins and passed Stephen Miguel (85; 1987-1990) after defeating David Galic and Jordan Rux of Baylor, 9-7, with teammate Justin Kronauge.

BUCKEYES TOP COMBINED CAREER WINS LIST
Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke sit alone at the top of the Ohio State combined career wins list. Koniecko, a native of Long Island, N.Y., is first on the all-time combined wins list with 245 (126, 119), while Moneke is second with 231 triumphs (135, 96). The two Buckeyes passed Ross Wilson with 208 (90, 118; 2003-06), Roger Smith with 204 (126, 78; 1983-86) and former teammate Drew Eberly with 193 (75, 118; 2005-08).

Justin Kronauge, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, is fifth on the all-time combined wins list with 197 victories. Kronauge passed former Buckeye teammate Drew Eberly (75, 188; 2005-08) with 193 wins after defeating Marek Czerwinski and Marc Spicijaric of Illinois, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles April 12 with Moneke. Kronauge (104, 93; 2007-present), a 2008 ITA All-American, has won a total 60 matches in singles in doubles this season.  Kronauge hit the 100-win mark after defeating George Navas of Michigan 6-2, 6-1, April 5 in Ann Arbor.

THE BIG TEN’S BEST
Three Buckeyes have been honored as Big Ten Player of Week the conference announced this season. Bryan Koniecko (4), Steven Moneke (3) and Justin Kronauge (1) have been recipients of the weekly award. Most recently, senior tri-captain Koniecko was recognized as the final Big Ten Athlete of the Week Tuesday, his second-consecutive and the Buckeyes’ fourth-consecutive honor. Koniecko was the Buckeyes’ eighth conference player of the week this season, which leads the league. Ohio State has claimed the last four weekly honors of the season.

Koniecko, currently ranked third in singles in the Campbell/ITA Tennis Rankings, defeated No. 50 Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin, 6-1, 7-5, April 19 to help improve the Buckeyes’ home win streak to 87-consecutive matches. In doubles, Koniecko improved to 28-3 this season with three match wins. In his last match of the weekend, paired with senior tri-captain Ty Schaub, Koniecko swept Wright State’s Brad Krick and Pip Rehg, 8-0, at No. 3 doubles to become the program’s all-time career doubles wins leader with 119 victories.

Senior-tri captain Moneke was recognized for the third time this season April 7. Moneke won three singles and two doubles matches last week to lead Ohio State to victory over then-No. 13 Kentucky (5-2), Michigan State (7-0) and then-No. 47 Michigan (6-1) to improve to 23-1 overall on the season.
Junior Kronauge, a native of Dayton, Ohio, was named Big Ten Player of Week March 17 and was his first weekly laurel this season and third of his career.

Ranked 20th in the latest ITA polls, Kronauge won two singles matches and a doubles match against Cleveland State and No. 18 Texas A&M as the Buckeyes improved to 16-1 overall. With Ohio State down 3-1 against the Aggies, Kronauge began the Buckeye rally at No. 3 singles when he gave Ohio State its first point following a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 22 Wil Spencer.

BUCKEYES VS. BIG TEN OPPONENTS
In 2007-08, Ohio State recorded a combined Big Ten singles record of 53-7 and a total Big Ten doubles record of 25-5. Six Buckeyes went through singles play undefeated, including 10-0 ledgers by 2008 ITA All-Americans Bryan Koniecko, Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge. The All-America trio has combined for a career Big Ten singles record of 85-5.

Currently, Ohio State has won 50-consecutive matches in league play and is now 101-5 in its last 106 league matches, including postseason play. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten opponent in an away dual match since the 2004-05 campaign, dropping a 5-2 decision at Northwestern.

As a team in 2009, the Buckeyes are a combined 58-2 in singles and 26-4 in doubles.

NOTING THE TUCKER ERA (as of April 19)
Ohio State …
has had 28 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and a two-time Academic All-American (Vincent Ng in 2002 and 03)
has 20 All-Big Ten selections
has earned the program’s first two Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athletes of the Year (Ng, 2003, Bryan Koniecko 2008), three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year (Joey Atas, 2004, Koniecko 2006 and Justin Kronauge, 2007) and four Big Ten Coaches of the Year (2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008) awards
  finished 2008 ranked No. 3 nationally as a team with a 35-2 record (13-0 in the Big Ten)
  has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 79-consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
  attained program’s best ranking (No. 1) Jan. 6 Feb. 19, 2008
  has won 87-consecutive home matches (April 6, 2003 to present)
  has won 32-consecutive home Big Ten matches
  has won 83-consecutive dual matches from Feb. 26, 2006 – present
  has won 229-consecutive road dual matches beginning with OSU’s Feb. 26, 2006 win at 4-2 No. 21 VCU to its April 12, 2009 win at 6-1 No. 11 Illinois
  earned 10 regular-season Big Ten Conference dual match victories for first time in program history, four times (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
  has won 50-consecutive Big Ten dual matches dating back to 2005 
  had the No. 3 ranked doubles team (32-5 overall in 2006 and 3 national indoor titles from 2004-06)
  has 10-consecutive 20-win seasons (a school record) with Tucker as the head coach
  has 15 20-win seasons all-time, more than half with Tucker as head coach
  has been to nine-consecutive NCAA team tournaments, second in the Big Ten only to Illinois’ 13
  had the No. 1 ranked singles player — Jeremy Wurtzman in 2004, Steven Moneke in 2007, Koniecko 2009
  won the 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Big Ten Tournaments
  won outright 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Championships
  has gone 105-16 (.868) in Big Ten dual competition
  has won 239 dual matches against 46 defeats (.839)
  has a coach with an average record of 25-5 per season (2000-present)
  has the best single regular-season win percentage (2008) in school history (.966/29-1)
  has had two players set school career singles win record (132, Ng from 2000-03; 134 Moneke from 2006-present)
  has had three players set the school career doubles win record (Koniecko with 119 from 2006-present; Ross Wilson with 118 from 2003-06; Scott Green with 117 from 2003-06)
has had two players set the school record for career combined singles and doubles (245, Koniecko from 2006-present; 209, Ross Wilson from 2003-06)
  has led OSU to the best four-year combined Big Ten record in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (46-0)
  has led OSU to the best four-year combined regular season record in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (115-6)

BRIGHT FUTURE
There is no sign of slowing down for Ohio State. Under Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have risen from the cellar of the Big Ten Conference to a nationally dominant program, earning the ITA preseason No. 1 ranking in 2009.

The future continues to look bright for the Scarlet and Gray as Tucker’s incoming freshman class was voted the second-best in the nation by a panel of junior tennis experts in a media poll conducted by TennisRecruiting.net.

The class, consisting of all Ohio natives, includes Blue Chip star and New Albany native Chase Buchanan and a four-star recruit in Devin McCarthy (Cincinnati), both of whom have already enrolled at Ohio State.

In addition, Tucker has two five-star recruits in Peter Kobelt (New Albany) and Wyatt Lippert (Cincinnati) joining the team The Buckeye recruiting class is tied for second with Yale, while Stanford earned the top nod.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State improved to 28-1 overall and a perfect 14-0 regular-season finish at home after defeating Northwestern, 7-0, April 17 before downing Wisconsin, 7-0, and Wright State, 4-0, at a doubleheader April 19. The Buckeyes have won 20-consecutive matches this season.

NCAA TOURNAMENT SELECTION SHOW
Following the 2009 Big Ten Tournament, the journey to host-site College Station, Texas, begins with the 2009 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s tennis selection announcements, airing at approximately at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 on ESPNews. The team brackets will be posted on the NCAA websites (www.NCAA.com and www.NCAA.org) shortly after the completion of the televised announcement.

NEXT TIME OUT
Following the 2009 Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State will begin to prepare for the 2009 NCAA Championships as the Buckeyes host the first and second rounds at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 8 and noon May 9 at the Stickney Tennis Center.