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Feb. 16, 2007

CHICAGO, Ill. – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team beat the 15th seeded Stanford by a 4-0 score Friday at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago. The match was closer than the score indicated with four of the first six singles sets going to tiebreakers, and two of the three doubles sets were determined by tiebreakers. OSU has opened the season with eight consecutive wins for the second year in a row. The Buckeyes began 9-0 last season.

With the win, Ohio State claimed its first ever victory over the Cardinal. OSU improves its all-time record against Stanford to 1-2, who is now 0-5 on the year.

Opponents have taken only a single point from the Buckeyes (Kentucky 6-1). Opponents have managed to take only ten of a possible 108 singles sets from OSU.

Ohio State began the match by winning the doubles point, a feat it has performed in 36 of its last 38 matches dating back to last season. Ohio State’s Steven Moneke (So./So., Alten-Busick, Germany) and Bryan Koniecko (So./So., Long Island, N.Y./Syosset) beat Erik McKeon and Jeff Zeller of Stanford 8-3 at the No. 3 doubles spot. The two other matches were decided by tie-breakers. The first went to Stanford, but the Buckeyes claimed the third and final tie-break to take the doubles point.

In singles, No. 62 Koniecko defeated the 2006 ITA National Rookie of the Year, Matt Bruch 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 1 singles spot. Koniecko improved to 13-4 on the season. No. 69 Justin Kronauge (Fr./Fr., Dayton, Ohio/Centerville) beat Kevin Kaiser 6-4, 6-2. Kronauge is 12-4 on the season. No. 46 Chris Klingemann (Sr./Sr., Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) clinched the match when he downed Brent McKean at the No. 4 singles spot 7-6, 6-2. Klingemann is now 17-3 on the year.
Koniecko was pleased the way the Buckeyes played on the day.

“We knew Stanford has a great program,” Tucker said. “We knew it was one of the biggest matches in Ohio State tennis history. It was a really close doubles point, but we pulled it out. In singles we al got out to a good start and went form there.”

The Buckeyes will face the No. 7 seed and 2005 champion Baylor at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Midtown Tennis Club with a spot in the semi-finals up for grabs.

No. 2 Ohio State 4, No. 28 Stanford 0
Singles Results

No.62 Bryan Koniecko (OSU/13-4) def. Matt Bruch 6-3, 6-4 (SU)
No. 1 Steven Moneke (OSU/24-5) led. Richard Wire (SU) 6-7, 6-2, 1-0
No. 42 Devin Mullings (OSU/17-3) led. Blake Mueller (SU) 7-6, 4-2
No. 46 Chris Klingemann (OSU/17-3) def. Brent McKean (SU) 7-6, 6-2
No. 69 Justin Kronauge (OSU/12-4) def. Kevin Kaiser (SU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 64 Drew Eberly (OSU/10-3) def. Paul Morrissey (SU) 7-6, 6-3

Order of Finish: 5, 1, 4

Doubles Results
Matt Bruch/ Blake Mueller (SU) def. Drew Eberly/Justin Kronauge (OSU) 9-8
No. 22 Devin Mullings/Chris Klingemann def. Richard Wire/Paul Morrissey 9-8
Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Eric McKeon/Jeff Zeller 8-3,br>

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2