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Feb. 9, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team beat No. 36 Tennessee by a 4-0 score Friday at the Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville, Tenn. OSU has opened the season with six consecutive wins for the second year in a row. The Buckeyes began 9-0 last season.

The match vs. the Volunteers was abandoned after Ohio State clinched the victory.

Ohio State has now won the last two meetings between the schools. OSU improves its all-time record against the Volunteers to 2-7. Tennessee is now 3-2 on the year.

The Buckeyes have shut out each team they have faced this season. Opponents have managed to take only five of a possible 83 singles sets from OSU.

Ohio State began the match by winning the doubles point, a feat it has performed in 34 of its last 36 matches dating back to last season. It marked the first time this season Tennessee has lost the doubles point. Ohio State’s No. 22-ranked doubles pair of Chris Klingemann (Sr./Sr., Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) and Devin Mullings (Sr./Sr., Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) beat the nation’s No. 5 ranked doubles tandem of Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel of Tennessee 9-8 at the No. 1 doubles spot to improve to 9-2 on the year.

The Buckeyes swept singles play winning every match of record in straight sets. No. 62 Bryan Koniecko (So./So., Long Island, N.Y./Syosset), who was named Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week Wednesday, defeated No. 35 Kaden Hensel 7-5, 6-3 to improve to 11-4 on the season. Mullings downed Davey Sandgren at the No. 3 singles spot 6-4, 6-3. Mullings is now 16-3 on the year. No. 69 Justin Kronauge (Fr./Fr., Dayton, Ohio/Centerville) beat Ben Rogers 6-3, 6-2. Kronauge is 10-4 on the season.
Head coach Ty Tucker was pleased the way the Buckeyes competed on the day.

“We didn’t necessarily play the best tennis we’ve played all year, but I thought we competed extremely well,” Tucker said. “It’s a tough place and they had a full house. We’ve never beaten the University of Tennessee in its own back yard so it’s a great win for the Ohio State program. They came and they were ready. They promoted the match on the radio and had tons of people out yelling and screaming for the Volunteers, but our guys were able to keep their composure.”

The Buckeyes return home Monday to face No. 37 Kentucky at the Wickertree Tennis and Fitness Center in Columbus.

No. 2 Ohio State 4, No. 36 Tennessee 0

Singles Results
1. #1 Steve Moneke (OSU/23-4) tied #24 Bobby Cameron (UT) 6-1, 4-6, 2-2
2. #62 Bryan Koniecko (OSU/11-4) def. #35 Kaden Hensel (UT) 7-5, 6-3
3. #42 Devin Mullings (OSU/16-3) def. Davey Sandgren (UT) 6-4, 6-3
4. #69 Justin Kronauge (OSU/10-4) def. Ben Rogers (UT) 6-3, 6-2
5. Derek Stephens (UT) led #46 Chris Klingemann (OSU/15-3) 3-0
6. #64 Drew Eberly (OSU/8-3) def. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) never started
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 3

Doubles Results
1.#22 Chris Klingemann/Devin Mullings (OSU) def. #9 Bobby Cameron/Kaden Hensel (UT) 9-8
2. Travis Curran/Brian Rager (UT) def. Drew Eberly/Justin Kronauge (OSU) 8-5
3. Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Davey Sandgren/ Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1