COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Penn State, 7-0, Thursday at the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes now have won 42 consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten program in an away dual match since the 2004-05 campaign, a 5-2 loss at Northwestern.
Since its loss to then-No. 8 Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the ITA team indoor championships, the Scarlet and Gray (14-1; 2-0 Big Ten) has won six-consecutive dual matches, shutting out all six opponents. In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes are 93-5 in their last 98 league matches, including postseason play.
Ohio State improves to 17-5 against Penn State (5-5; 1-1 Big Ten). The Buckeyes have won 11-consecutive matches against the Nittany Lions, all under head coach Ty Tucker.
At No. 3 doubles, Matt Allare and Balazs Novak took down Benji Kendall and Eddie Bourchier by an 8-3 score to win the first doubles match for the Scarlet and Gray. The Buckeye duo improves to 5-0 in dual action. At No. 1 doubles, Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge defeated Adam Slagter and Jason Lee, 8-6, sealing the doubles point for Ohio State. Moneke improves to a team-best 18 wins (4 losses) in doubles, while teammate Kronauge is 17-5.
Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa defeated No. 80 Guillaume St.-Maurice and Brendan Lynch, 9-7, at No. 2 doubles, winning the last doubles match of the day. The two have won five-consecutive matches and are a perfect 3-0 at No. 2 doubles.
In singles, the Buckeye depth in the lineup was evident as Ohio State won each singles match in straight sets. No. 20 Kronauge defeated Bourchier 6-0, 6-1, at No. 3 singles to put the Buckeyes ahead 2-0. Kronauge has won five-consecutive singles matches and is 8-0 at No. 3 singles.
At No. 1 singles, Koniecko, ranked sixth in the latest ITA standings, defeated Lynch 6-4, 6-3. Koniecko is 23-2 overall in singles, while improving to 10-1 at No. 1 singles.
Clinching the match at No. 4 singles for the Buckeyes was Allare defeating Lee 7-6 (3), 6-2. Allare has won 13-consecutive singles matches and improves to 16-2 overall.
At No. 2 singles, No. 4 Moneke defeated Slagter 6-1, 7-6 (4) and extended his singles win streak to 14. Moneke is 23-3 overall and has 124 career singles wins, the most of any active member on the team. Moneke is two wins shy of tying Roger Smith (1983-86) for second on the all-time career singles wins list with 126.
No. 71 Novak defeated St-Maurice 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5 singles, while classmate Uzawa defeated Kendall 6-3, 6-0, at No. 6 singles. The Buckeye sophomores have been impressive at the final two singles spots for the Scarlet and Gray as Novak is 5-0 and Uzawa is 8-1 at Nos. 5 and 6 singles, respectively.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus to face Cleveland State at 2 p.m. March 10. The match is scheduled to be played at Ohio State’s outdoor venue, Stickney Tennis Center. Should there be cold weather and high winds, the match will be moved to the Buckeyes indoor venue, The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Final Results
Ohio State vs. Penn State
March 5, 2009
Penn State Indoor Tennis Center
#3 Ohio State 7, Penn State 0
1. Steven Moneke/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Adam Slagter/Jason Lee (PSU), 8-6
2. Shuhei Uzawa/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. #80 Guillaume St.-Maurice/Brendan Lynch (PSU), 9-7
3. Matt Allare/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Benji Kendall/Eddie Bourchier (PSU), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. #6 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Brendan Lynch (PSU), 6-4, 6-3
2. #4 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Adam Slagter (PSU), 6-1, 7-6 (4)
3. #20 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Eddie Bourchier (PSU), 6-0, 6-1
4. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Jason Lee (PSU), 7-6 (3), 6-2
5. #71 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Guillaume St-Maurice (PSU), 6-1, 6-1
6. #100 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Benji Kendall (PSU), 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 3, 1, 4, 2, 5, 6