COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 36 Notre Dame, 7-0, Wednesday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind. The Buckeyes (21-1; 4-0 Big Ten) have won 13 consecutive matches this season, including 10 matches against Top 75 opponents.
Ohio State improves to 25-26 all-time vs. Notre Dame, winning the last four matches. Ohio State has not lost on the road in a regular-season (non-tournament) match since dropping a 5-2 decision to the Fighting Irish Feb. 26, 2006 in South Bend. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 7-4 vs. the Fighting Irish.
Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge won the Buckeyes’ 21st match of the season after defeating No. 91 Daniel Stahl 6-0, 6-4, at No. 3 singles. Kronauge, polled 36th in the country, now has a team-high 24 wins. He is a winner of his last 13 matches.
The Buckeyes won their 19th doubles point of the year to start the afternoon. Juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa claimed the first point after defeating Tyler Davis and Niall Fitzgerald, 8-5, at No. 2. The two Buckeyes improve to a team-high 14 wins this season with a 7-1 ledger at No. 2.
Sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan, the 34th pair in the nation, downed Stephen Havens and Casey Watt, 8-5, at No. 1 to stretch their win streak to eight consecutive matches. Buchanan and Marcan are 9-1 in 2010. Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak won, 8-1, over David Anderson and Daniel Stahl to remain undefeated with an 8-0 overall record. With the victory, Kronauge moves into sole possession of second place on the program’s all-time combined wins list, passing former Buckeye Bryan Koniecko (2006-09) with 248 career wins. Kronauge has won 114 career doubles matches.
In singles, Buchanan, ranked 12th in the nation, continued his success against nationally-ranked opponents at the No. 1 position. Buchanan won in straight sets 6-1,6-1 over No. 29 Watt to improve his record to 19-4 overall with a 14-1 mark at No. 1. He is now 10-4 vs. nationally-ranked opponents this season.
Allare moved to 17-4 overall with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Samuel Keeton at No. 5. Allare has won eight consecutive matches and is 14-2 in dual action. No. 88 Marcan defeated Havens in a third-set super tiebreaker 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 at No. 2. Marcan has been impressive at the top half of the lineup in his first season with the Buckeyes as he owns a combined 7-1 ledger at No. 1 and 2 singles.
At No. 4, Novak won his eighth match of the year on court four, winning 6-2, 6-2 over Anderson. The native of Budapest, Hungary, is now 23-6 with a 17-3 mark in dual play. Sophomore Devin McCarthy pushed his winning streak to nine straight this season. McCarthy won in second set tiebreaker 7-5, 7-6, over Blas Moros to improve to 9-0 overall with a 6-0 ledger at No. 6.
Ohio State returns home for its fourth doubleheader of the year, facing Michigan State and Toledo at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. The early match vs. the Spartans will be played at Stickney Tennis Center, while the Buckeyes and Rockets will cap the evening at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center located on Henderson Road. As always, admission is free.
No. 2 Ohio State 7, No. 36 Notre Dame 0
Notre Dame, Ind.
April 7, 2010
Tennis Match Final Results
1. No. 12 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 29 Casey Watt (ND) – 6-1, 6-1
2. No. 88 Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Stephen Havens (ND) – 6-3, 2-6, 1-0
3. No. 36 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. No. 91 Daniel Stahl (ND) – 6-0, 6-4
4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. David Anderson (ND) – 6-2, 6-2
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Samuel Keeton (ND) – 6-3, 6-0
6. Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Blas Moros (ND) – 7-5, 7-6
1. No. 34 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Stephen Havens/Casey Watt (ND) – 8-5
2. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Tyler Davis/Niall Fitzgerald (ND) – 8-5
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. David Anderson/Daniel Stahl – 8-1
*Rankings from latest Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings announced March 30
Ohio State 21-1, 4-0 Big Ten; National ranking No. 2
Notre Dame 11-10; National ranking No. 36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,3,2,4,6)