COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team improved to 3-0 in conference play after defeating No. 73 Iowa, 6-1, Friday at the Hawkeye Tennis Recreation Complex in Iowa City. The Buckeyes (19-1; 3-0 Big Ten) have now won 11 consecutive matches in 2009-10.
Ohio State improves to 31-21 all-time vs. the Hawkeyes. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have not lost to Iowa, owning a 12-0 record. The last time the Hawkeyes were victorious over the Scarlet and Gray was during the 1998-99 campaign. The team also improves its road dual match win streak to 43 consecutive matches, while enhancing its Big Ten dual match win streak to 56 contests.
Sophomore Chase Buchanan, ranked 12th in the nation, claimed the victory for the Buckeyes with a 6-4, 6-2, win over Marc Bruche at No. 1 singles. Buchanan is now 17-4 overall with a 12-1 record at the top of the lineup.
Ohio State began the afternoon winning its 17th doubles point of the year. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak improved to a perfect 6-0 as a doubles pair, winning five matches at No. 3. Tommy McGeorge and Will Vasos were victorious over juniors Shuhei Uzawa and Matt Allare in an 8-6 match at No. 1 to set the stage at court No. 2.
34th-ranked Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan downed Tom Mroziewicz and Bruche, 8-5, to give Ohio State a 1-0 advantage over the Hawkeyes. The two Buckeyes have won six straight matches when paired together.
In singles, No. 36 Kronauge moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time career singles wins list with 133 victories with his 22nd win of the season. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Kronauge defeated Reinoud Haal for the second time in his career, winning 6-1, 6-2, at No. 3. He passes former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03) and is 22-3 overall, which leads the team.
At No. 5, Novak took care of McGeorge in straight sets 6-2, 6-0 to put the Buckeyes within one win of claiming the match. The native of Budapest, Hungary, is 21-6 this year. Allare continued his dominance at No. 6 singles, winning 6-3, 6-2 over Austen Kauss. He is 8-1 at No. 6. No. 88 Marcan won his third career league match in a third set super tiebreaker over Nikita Zotov 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-3). Marcan is 16-4 in his first season at Ohio State.
Uzawa, a native of Chiba, Japan, was the lone Buckeye to lose in singles. Uzawa, ranked 113th in the nation, dropped a 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 match to Vasos at No. 4 singles to fall to 16-13 overall.
The Buckeyes head to Minneapolis to face No. 44 Minnesota at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center. Live updates will be available at www.gophersports.com.
Tennis Match Final Results
No. 2 Ohio State 6, No. 73 Iowa 1
Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex
Iowa City, Iowa
April 2, 2010, at 3 p.m. (EDT)
1. No. 12 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Marc Bruche (IOWA) 6-4, 6-2
2. No. 88 Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Nikita Zotov (IOWA) 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-3)
3. No. 36 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Reinoud Haal (IOWA) 6-1, 6-2
4. Will Vasos (IOWA) def. No. 113 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Tommy McGeorge (IOWA) 6-2, 6-0
6. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Austen Kauss (IOWA) 6-3, 6-2
1. Tommy McGeorge/Will Vasos (IOWA) def. Shuhei Uzawa/Matt Allare (OSU) – 8-6
2. No. 34 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Tom Mroziewicz/Marc Bruche (IOWA) – 8-5
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Nikita Zotov/Garret Dunn (IOWA) – 8-4
Ohio State 19-1; National ranking #2
Iowa Hawkeyes 9-5; National ranking #73
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,5,1,6,2,4)
*Rankings based on Campbell/ITA Men’s Division I National Rankings announced March 23