COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team swept its Big Ten weekend road schedule with a 7-0 win against No. 44 Minnesota Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes won each of the six singles and three doubles matches against the Gophers. Friday, the Scarlet and Gray handed Iowa a 6-1 loss.
Ohio State (20-1; 4-0 Big Ten) is the first team in the conference to reach the 20 win-mark for the 2009-10 campaign. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 12-3 vs. Minnesota, taking wins in the last nine contests. Ohio State has not lost to Minnesota since the 2002-03, a 4-1 setback April 23 in the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill.
Currently, Ohio State has won 57 consecutive matches in league play and is now 108-5 in its last 113 conference matches, including postseason play. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten opponent on the road since 2004-05, a 5-2 loss at Northwestern.
Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge claimed the victory for the Buckeyes after a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rok Bonin at No. 3 singles. Kronauge, a 2008 ITA All-American, improves to 23-3 overall. The Dayton, Ohio, native’s 23 victories lead the team as he has won his last 12 matches this year.
In doubles, Kronauge and Novak started Ohio State off and running at No. 3. The Buckeye duo won, 8-3, over Brendan Ruddock and Dino Bilankov and is a perfect 7-0 this season.
At No. 2, juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa rose to the top of the doubles wins chart for the Buckeyes after downing Tobias Wernet and Bonin, 8-5. Allare and Uzawa are now in first on the team with 13 victories. Sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan picked up their seventh straight win from No. 1. The Buckeye underclassmen, polled 34th in the nation, upset the 27th-ranked Gopher pair Sebastian Gallego and Phillip Arndt, 8-4. It is the second win for Buchanan and Marcan against a Top 30 doubles pair on the year.
In singles, Novak, a native of Budapest, Hungary, defeated Arndt at No. 5, dropping only one game the entire match. He won 6-1, 6-0, to boost his record to 22-6, including a 16-3 mark in dual action. At No. 1, 12th-ranked Buchanan continued his dominance at the top of the singles lineup, winning his team-high ninth match against a nationally-ranked opponent. The second-year Buckeye won 6-4, 6-1, over No. 66 Gallego and is now 13-1 at No. 1.
At No. 6, sophomore Devin McCarthy started for the eighth time this year in dual play. McCarthy won his eighth-consecutive match to stay perfect in dual competition at 8-0 with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory over Ruddock. Following McCarthy, No. 88 Marcan claimed his 17th win of the season at No. 2 against No. 105 Wernet. The native of Rijeka, Croatia, won 7-6 (6), 6-4, for his 13th victory in dual action this year.
Allare rounded out play for Ohio State at No. 4, winning in a third-set super tiebreaker against Bilankov. With the 6-7 (3), 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) win, Allare improved to 16-4 overall with his third triumph at No. 4 .
In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes are now a combined 24-1 in singles and 11-1 in doubles action this season.
Ohio State will travel to South Bend, Ind., to face No. 36 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Wednesday before hosting its fourth home doubleheader of the season, welcoming Michigan State at 2 p.m. and Toledo at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
No. 2 Ohio State 7, No. 44 Minnesota 0
Baseline Tennis Center
April 4, 2010
Tennis Match Final Results
1. No. 12 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 66 Sebastian Gallego (MINN) 6-4, 6-1
2. No. 88 Dino Marcan (OSU) def. No. 105 Tobias Wernet (MINN) 7-6 (6), 6-4
3. No. 36 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Rok Bonin (MINN) 6-3, 6-4
4. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Dino Bilankov (MINN) 6-7 (3), 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Phillip Arndt (MINN) 6-1, 6-0
6. Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Brendan Ruddock (MINN) 6-3, 7-6 (3)
1. #34 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. #27 Sebastian Gallego/Phillip Arndt (MINN) 8-4
2. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Tobias Wernet/Rok Bonin (MINN) 8-5
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Brendan Ruddock/Dino Bilankov (MINN) 8-3
*Rankings from latest Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings announced March 23
Ohio State 20-1, 4-0 Big Ten; National ranking No. 2
Minnesota 9-7, 2-2 Big Ten; National ranking No. 44
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,1,3,6,2,4)
Match played outdoors