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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team will begin the April schedule with two Big Ten road matches, taking on No. 73 Iowa at 3 p.m. (EDT) April 2 in Iowa City, followed by No. 44 Minnesota at 1 p.m. (EDT) April 1 in Minneapolis. Live updates of the match vs. the Gophers will be available at  www.gophersports.com.

WE’RE GOING STREAKING
Ohio State (18-1; 1-0 Big Ten) has won 10 consecutive matches with wins against, No. 9 Kentucky (5-2), Wright State (7-0), No. 13 Louisville (5-2), No. 17 Texas A&M (4-3), No. 60 Purdue (7-0), Detroit Mercy (7-0), No. 41 LSU (4-2), No. 6 Georgia (4-2), No. 62 Penn State and Cleveland State (7-0) since dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 1 Virginia Feb. 14. Ohio State has eight victories against Top 25 opponents, including five straight.

LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes swept their third home doubleheader last weekend, defeating No. 62 Penn State, 7-0, and Cleveland State (4-0) at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. With the two wins, the Buckeyes have now won 103 consecutive matches, dating back to 2003, and 102 consecutive dual matches (non-tournament), dating back to 2006.

In Big Ten play vs. the Nittany Lions, Ohio State began the match winning its eight-consecutive doubles point. At No. 2, senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak claimed the doubles point seconds later following the Buckeye win at No. 1. Kronauge and Novak broke Eddie Bourchier and Taylor Cohen in the 13th and final game of the match to seal the 8-5 victory. The Buckeye pair remained undefeated at 5-0.

In singles, Chase Buchanan, polled 17th in the country, did not take long to pick up his 16th win of the season. The native of New Albany, Ohio, won in straight sets 6-1, 6-1, over Bourchier at No. 1 and has now claimed seven straight victories.

At No. 2, No. 26 Kronauge continued to be the hottest Buckeye in singles. He won his team-high ninth straight match after downing Gormley in a second set tiebreaker 6-1, 7-6 (7-5). He became the first Buckeye this season to hit the 20-win mark in singles.

Novak, a native of Budapest, Hungary, defeated Lee in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, to improve to 20-6 overall. Novak has now won at least 20 matches in each of his three seasons at Ohio State.

Freshman Dino Marcan, like Kronauge, also won his match in a second set tiebreaker. He battled hard to a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Hardie for his 11th dual victory of the year.

Ohio State improved to 6-0 all-time vs. the Vikings. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are perfect against Horizon League opponents with a 22-0 record. The team has now won 10 straight matches, which is the longest win streak of the year for the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State is 51-2 when ranked third in the country.

Sophomore Steven Williams defeated Jay Jones 6-2, 6-0, at No. 6 singles to help give the Buckeyes their 18th win of the year. Williams, a native of Manlius, N.Y., is 14-3 overall and has won his last eight matches.

In doubles, the Buckeyes cruised to the first point of the match in less than half an hour. At No. 1, juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa swept Robert Fox and John Haley, 8-0. The Buckeye duo is now tied for the team lead in wins with 12 victories this season.

Highlighting the doubles play at No. 3 where senior co-captains Justin Kronauge and Mike O’Connell, who played together for the first time. After undergoing left shoulder surgery at the end of last summer, O’Connell made his season debut with Kronauge and picked up his first win of the year. The two classmates swept Phil Orno and Aris Spirtos, 8-0, to give Ohio State a 1-0 advantage over the Vikings.

In singles, each completed match was in straight sets.  No. 26 Kronauge downed Fox 6-0, 6-2, to improve to an impressive 21-3 overall this season, which leads the team.

100 AND COUNTING
Ohio State extended its home win streak to 103 consecutive matches after sweeping Penn State, 7-0, and  Cleveland State, 4-0, at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center March 28. It has been more than 2,500 days since the Buckeyes lost a home match, dropping a 5-2 loss to Big Ten conference rival Illinois April 5, 2003. No other Big Ten team in any sport has won as many consecutive matches/games at home than the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray won its 16 home competitions last season, marking the sixth-consecutive year it won all its home matches. The streak began in 2003, starting with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6. This season, Ohio State is 14-0 at home.

BUCKEYES VS. BIG TEN OPPONENTS
In 2008-09, Ohio State recorded a combined Big Ten singles record of 58-2 and a total Big Ten doubles ledger of 26-4. In singles, three Buckeyes went undefeated, including Balazs Novak (10-0), Matt Allare (9-0) and Shuhei Uzawa (5-0). Justin Kronauge (8-1) and Chase Buchanan (6-1) lost only one match in singles last year. 

Currently, Ohio State has won 55 consecutive matches in league play and is now 106-5 in its last 111 league matches, including postseason play. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten opponent in a road dual match since the 2004-05 campaign, a 5-2 loss at Northwestern.

BIG TEN RANKINGS
Nine of the 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Polls announced Tuesday.

RANK  SCHOOL
   2  Ohio State
  15  Illinois
  26  Michigan
  30 Wisconsin
  41  Indiana
  44 Minnesota
  48  Northwestern
  58  Penn State
  73  Iowa

BIG TEN STANDINGS (Through March 28)
The four-time defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes are at the top of the league standings once again through the first month of league play. The month of April will be an important one for conference competition as Ohio State has eight league matches scheduled, including four at home and four on the road.

 

Big Ten

Overall

Team

Record

Pct.

Record

Pct.

1. Ohio State

2-0

1.000

18-1

.947

2. Illinois

2-0

1.000

11-6

.647

3. Michigan

3-0

1.000

7-7

.500

4. Penn State

1-1

.500

12-4

.750

5. Indiana

1-1

.500

10-4

.714

6. Wisconsin

1-1

.500

11-5

.688

7. Iowa

1-1

.500

9-5

.643

8. Minnesota

1-1

.500

8-6

.571

9. Michigan State

1-2

.333

12-6

.667

10. Northwestern

0-2

.000

8-7

.533

11. Purdue

0-2

.000

10-7

.588

BUCKEYE STREAKS
Several Buckeyes enter the first week of April with win streaks in singles and doubles. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge leads the way for Ohio State with a team-high 10-consecutive singles wins. Two Buckeye duos, sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan and Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak, have won five straight matches.   

SEVERAL BUCKEYES HIT DOUBLE DIGITS
Eight members of the team have won 10 or more singles matches this season. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (21), junior Balazs Novak (20), sophomore Chase Buchanan (16), junior Shuhei Uzawa (16), freshman Dino Marcan (15), junior Matt Allare (14) and sophomores Steven Williams (14) and Devin McCarthy (12) all have hit double digit wins through 18 completed matches this year. Kronauge and Buchanan have a combined dual match record of 30-2, including an 18-1 record by Kronauge

Novak, a native of Budapest, Hungary, has been impressive in his third season at Ohio State, hitting the 20-win mark for the third straight year. Uzawa and Allare have done their part as well for the Buckeyes, recording a combined singles record of 21-10 at Nos. 3-6 singles.

Second-year Buckeyes Williams and McCarthy are both perfect in dual action, posting 4-0 and 7-0 records, respectively. The two are a combined 17-2 in their last 19 matches in singles.

DOUBLE TIME
Ohio State won the doubles point against Penn State (March 28) and Cleveland State (March 28) for the 15th and 16th times this season and has a perfect record when winning that first point. The Buckeyes are 2-1 after losing the doubles point.

PERHAPS WE CAN DO IT AGAIN?
The Buckeyes were able to get out into the sunshine in their match vs. Detroit Mercy March 18. For the first time this season, Ohio State was able to play outdoors at the Stickney Tennis Center. During inclement weather or cold conditions, Ohio State plays in its indoor venue, The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center on Henderson Road. 

BUCKEYES RECEIVE HIGH RANKING
Ohio State is No. 2 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released Tuesday. Guided by 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have now been ranked in the Top 25 in the ITA standings for 10 consecutive years.

Ohio State is 48-4 when ranked second in the nation. The Buckeyes have been polled in the ITA Top 10 for 107 consecutive matches. That streak began March 7, 2006. Ohio State was the No. 2 team in the country in February during the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 12.

BUCKEYES RANKED IN THE POLLS
Five Buckeyes are in the Top 125 of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released Tuesday. In singles, sophomore Chase Buchanan climbed to No. 12. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge is No. 36, while freshman Dino Marcan is No. 88. Junior Shuhei Uzawa is 117th followed by sophomore Steven Williams, who is No. 122.

Buchanan is 16-4 overall this season with an 11-1 mark at No. 1 singles. The native of New Albany, Ohio, is 8-4 against nationally ranked opponents. Kronauge leads the team in wins with a 21-3 mark. The 2008 ITA All-American has won his last 10 matches to help the Buckeyes reach an 18-1 record. Marcan is 15-4 overall, including a 3-1 mark against nationally-ranked opponents. He is 11-4 in dual action. Uzawa has a 16-12 record, winning each of his four matches at No. 3 singles. Williams, a native of Manlius, N.Y., hits the Top 125 for the second time this season at No. 122. The second-year Buckeye has a 14-3 record with a perfect 4-0 record at No. 6 singles.

In doubles, Buchanan and Marcan are No. 34. The Buckeye duo is 6-1 this year.  The pair has won five-consecutive matches together. Earlier this month Buchanan and Marcan upset ninth-ranked Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M, 8-7 (7-5) March 7 in the Buckeyes’ seventh win against a Top 25 opponent.

LOOKING GOOD EARLY
Ohio State has never lost its first match of the season under head coach Ty Tucker. The former Buckeye owns an opening-day record of 22-0 since taking over the helm 11 years ago (The Buckeyes traditionally play two matches on opening day).

REGULAR-SEASON DOMINANCE
Led by 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have won a school-record 102 consecutive regular-season (non-tournament) matches dating back to 2006. Ohio State last lost, 5-2, Feb. 26, 2006 to Notre Dame in South Bend.

BUCKEYES IN BIG TEN PLAY THIS YEAR
Ohio State has posted a 2-0 record overall this season in league competition with wins against Purdue (7-0) March 12 and Penn State (7-0) March 28. In singles, five Buckeyes have 2-0 records, including senior co-captain Justin Kronauge, junior Matt Allare, sophomores Chase Buchanan and Devin McCarthy, and freshman Dino Marcan. The team has not recorded two losses in a Big Ten singles match since a 4-3 victory over Illinois April 27, 2008, at the Big Ten Championship.

In doubles, the Buckeyes own a 6-0 league record. Buchanan and Marcan lead team with a 2-0 mark. Last season, the Buckeyes were 26-4 overall in Big Ten doubles.

THE IOWA HAWKEYES
Iowa, ranked 66th in the ITA polls, is 9-4 overall with a 1-1 record in Big Ten play. Last time out, the Hawkeyes dropped a 6-1 match to Michigan March 28 in Ann Arbor. The team began the year winning six of its first seven matches. The Hawkeyes have been ranked as high as No. 49 in the ITA Men’s National Team Rankings (March 2). In Big Ten action, Iowa downed Michigan State, 5-2, March 27 in East Lansing.

OHIO STATE VS. THE HAWKEYES
The Buckeyes own a 30-21 all-time record vs. Iowa. Last time out, Ohio State defeated the Hawkeyes, 7-0, March 27, 2009, in Columbus. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Scarlet and Gray has not lost to the Hawkeyes, owning an 11-0 record. The last time Iowa was victorious over the Buckeyes was during the 1998-99 campaign.

In singles, four active Buckeyes are a combined 10-0 vs. Iowa opponents. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (3-0) and juniors Shuhei Uzawa (3-0), Balazs Novak (2-0) and Matt Allare (2-0) have not lost a match vs. the Hawkeyes.

Buckeye wins vs. Iowa (Active Team Members)
March 24, 2007 – Justin Kronauge def. Tommy McGeorge – 7-5, 6-2
March 7, 2008 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Reinoud Haal – 6-4, 7-5
April 25, 2008 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Reinoud Haal – 6-3, 6-1
April 25, 2008 – Balazs Novak def. Tommy McGeorge – 6-1, 6-0
March 27, 2009 – Justin Kronauge def. Reinoud Haal – 6-3, 6-0
March 27, 2009 – Balazs Novak def. Tommy McGeorge – 6-2, 6-1
March 27, 2009 – Matt Allare def. Will Vasos – 6-4, 7-6
March 27, 2009 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Patrick Dwyer- 6-1, 6-1

THE MINNESOTA GOPHERS
Minnesota, ranked 44th in the latest ITA standings, is 8-6 overall this year with a 1-1 record in Big Ten action. The Gophers began the year facing four consecutive Top 65 opponents, going 1-3 during that stretch. Minnesota is 4-6 vs. nationally ranked opponents with wins over No. 65 Nebraska (4-3) Jan. 24, No. 73 Southern Methodist (6-1) Feb. 28, No. 54 New Mexico (7-0) March 5 and No. 24 Pepperdine (4-3) March 17. In conference play, the Gophers began the schedule losing to Michigan, 5-2, in Ann Arbor March 27, but bounced back the following day, downing Michigan State, 5-2, in East Lansing March 28.

Last season, Minnesota fell to USC, 4-0, in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. The Gophers finished with a 19-8 overall record, after having a 7-17 mark in 2008.

OHIO STATE VS. MINNESOTA
The Buckeyes are 24-38 all-time vs. the Gophers. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is 11-3, winning the last eight matches. The Buckeyes have not lost to Minnesota since the 2002-03 campaign, a 4-1 setback April 23 in the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill.

In singles, seven active Buckeye members are a combined 12-6 vs. Minnesota. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge leads the charge with a 5-0 record, while juniors Shuhei Uzawa and Matt Allare both have 2-1 marks vs. the Gophers.

Buckeye wins vs. Minnesota (Active Team Members)
Oct. 23, 2008 – Justin Kronauge def. Tobias Wernet – 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Jan. 9-11, 2009 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Julian Dehn – 6-2, 6-2
Jan. 9 -11, 2009 – Steven Williams def. Julian Dehn – 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
March 29, 2009 – Matt Allare def. Dino Bilankov – 6-1, 6-4
March 29, 2009 – Chase Buchanan def. Tobias Wernet – 6-3, 6-2
March 29, 2009 – Justin Kronauge def. Phillip Arndt – 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
March 29, 2009 – Balazs Novak def. Julian Dehn – 6-3, 6-2

MINNESOTA IN THE RANKINGS
The Gophers have three members polled in the latest Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings released Tuesday. In singles, junior Sebastian Gallego is No. 66 and classmate junior Tobias Wernet is No. 105. Gallego, a native of Medellin, Colombia, is 14-7 overall with a 4-4 record at No. 1 singles. Wernet leads the team in wins with 15 victories, claiming a 6-3 mark at No. 2 this season. In doubles, Minnesota has one duo ranked in the Top 30 in the country. Sophomore Phillip Arndt and Gallego are No. 27. The Gopher duo has won eight of its last 10 matches.

OSU’S RECORD IN 2009-10 WHEN…
Playing ranked teams: 7-1
Leading after doubles point: 16-0
Trailing after doubles point: 2-1
Playing at home: 14-0
Playing on the road: 2-0
Playing at neutral site: 2-1
Winning at No. 1 singles: 15-0
Losing at No. 1 singles: 1-0
Winning at No. 2 singles: 16-1
Losing at No. 2 singles: 1-1
Winning at No. 3 singles: 14-1
Losing at No. 3 singles: 3-0
Winning at No. 4 singles: 14-0
Losing at No. 4 singles: 4-1
Winning at No. 5 singles: 11-0
Losing at No. 5 singles: 6-1
Winning at No. 6 singles: 16-1
Losing at No. 6 singles: 0-1
Winning at No. 1 doubles: 11-0
Losing at No. 1 doubles: 5-1
Winning at No. 2 doubles: 15-0
Losing at No. 2 doubles: 2-1
Winning at No. 3 doubles: 16-1
Losing at No. 3 doubles: 1-1
Playing indoors: 16-1
Playing outdoors: 2-0
Chase Buchanan winning singles: 12-0
Justin Kronauge winning singles: 18-0
Dino Marcan winning singles: 11-0
Balazs Novak winning singles: 14-0
Shuhei Uzawa winning singles: 9-1
Matt Allare winning singles: 11-0
Dino Marcan/Balazs Novak winning doubles: 10-0
Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa winning doubles: 8-1
Chase Buchanan/Justin Kronauge winning doubles: 7-0

SUCCESS IN DUALS
In singles, the Buckeyes are a combined 87-19 (.821) in dual play. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge paces the squad with 18 victories. In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 43-11 (.796). Junior Balazs Novak and freshman Dino Marcan lead the way with a 9-2 mark. Last season, Ohio State finished with a combined dual record of 173-23 (.883) in singles and was 81-22 (.786) in doubles.

KRONAUGE, NOVAK LEADS BUCKEYES
In singles, senior co-captain Justin Kronauge leads the team in wins with 21 victories, while only suffering three losses. The two-time All-Big Ten Buckeye is 14-1 at No. 2 singles this year. Junior Balazs Novak is 20-6 overall, winning seven of his last 10 matches.

Novak is 20-3 overall in doubles. Partnering with freshman Dino Marcan, the Buckeye duo is 12-2, including a 9-2 mark in duals.

BUCHANAN AT NO. 1
Sophomore Chase Buchanan has had an impressive transition to the top of the singles lineup in 2009-10. Through 12 matches at No. 1, the native of New Albany, Ohio, has an 11-1 record. During the stretch, Buchanan has been victorious over eight nationally-ranked opponents, including two in the Top 10. He defeated seventh-ranked Alexandre Lacroix of Florida 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 13, while also downing eighth-ranked Eric Quigley of Kentucky 7-5, 6-2 Feb. 21 in Columbus. Most recently, Buchanan downed Georgia Bulldog Javier Garrapiz, 18th in the nation, March 25 in Athens, Ga., in the Buckeyes’ 4-2 win.

Buchanan began the 2010 spring season polled No. 103 in the ITA standings and has climbed 91 spots in the polls to 12th in the nation in the latest rankings announced Tuesday.

KRONAUGE, O’CONNELL TO LEAD BUCKEYES
Seniors Justin Kronauge and Mike O’Connell were named 2009-10 team captains, head coach Ty Tucker announced.

A 2008 ITA All-American and two-time Big Ten honoree (2008, ’09), Kronauge returns for his final season with the most singles and doubles wins of any active member on the team. In three seasons with Ohio State, Kronauge has claimed 130 singles wins and 109 doubles victories.

O’Connell, a native of Holland Ohio, returns for his final year as a doubles specialist for the Buckeyes. O’Connell has a career doubles record of 33-14 and 18-9 in dual play.

In the match vs. Cleveland State last weekend, the two classmates played together for the first time this year and swept Phil Orno and Aris Spirtos at No. 3 doubles to claim the first point. It was the first time O’Connell has competed since Jan. 17 after undergoing shoulder surgery last summer.

KRONAUGE CLIMBS SINGLES, DOUBLES CHARTS
Senior Justin Kronauge secured two singles and two doubles wins against LSU March 23 and Georgia March 25 to continue his rise in the program’s record books for career singles and doubles victories. In singles, the Dayton, Ohio, native has 132 career victories, which is tied for second on the all-time career wins list with former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03). 

In doubles, Kronauge became the sixth Buckeye in program history to hit the 100-win mark. He currently has 111 career doubles wins, which is fifth on the all-time career wins list. He is also just the third Buckeye in OSU history to have at least 100 singles wins and 100 doubles wins. Koniecko and Steven Moneke are the other two student-athletes to accomplish the feat.

Kronauge is currently third on the all-time combined career wins list with 243 victories. Koniecko and Moneke are first and second, respectively, with 254 and 247 victories.

MARCAN IN DOUBLES
Freshman Dino Marcan has been one of the hottest doubles players in the country in 2009-10. The native of Rijeka, Croatia, has an 18-3 overall record with 15 of the victories coming from dual competition. He has posted a 5-1 mark at No. 1 and a 7-2 ledger at No. 2 in his first season at Ohio State. This past summer, Marcan paired with Marin Draganja, also a native of Croatia, to win five matches for the 2009 French Open Junior title.

ALLARE AT NO. 6
Junior Matt Allare, a native of Mason, Ohio, has been a clutch player for the Buckeyes in the starting lineup this season. In 13 dual starts this year, Allare is 11-2 with a 7-1 record at No. 6 singles. He has been victorious at No. 6 singles in Buckeye wins against No. 9 Kentucky, No. 13 Louisville, No. 41 LSU and No. 7 Georgia. Last year, Allare claimed an 8-0 record at No. 6, capping a personal season-best record in dual play with 28 victories.

SOPHOMORE SUPPORT
Sophomores Devin McCarthy and Steven Williams have given the Buckeyes important depth in the singles lineup this year. The two second-year Buckeyes are a combined 11-0 in dual play. McCarthy has won seven consecutive matches, while Williams is 9-1 in his last 10 starts. They have not lost a match this season.

BUCHANAN/MARCAN IN DOUBLES
Sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan are currently one of the hottest doubles pairs for the Buckeyes. Winning its last five matches, the Buckeye duo has a 4-1 mark at the top of the lineup. Buchanan and Marcan, ranked 34th in the nation, upset the ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the nation Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M, 8-7 (7-5) at No. 1 March 7 in Columbus. Since the win over the Aggies, the pair has won four matches, winning each by a margin of three points or more.

PLAYING TIME
Sophomore Devin McCarthy has played four of the last six matches, most recently against Penn State and Cleveland State March 28. Playing at No. 6 singles vs. the Nittany Lions, McCarthy posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over Guillaume St-Maurice and led against John Haley of Cleveland State 6-1, 3-2, at No. 5, before play was retired.

BUCKEYE SLEEPER?
After posting a win in singles play against Penn State (March 28), sophomore Devin McCarthy is 7-0 in dual action this season. Also seeing time at No. 5 singles, all of McCarthy’s wins have been straight-set victories.

AGAINST THE BEST
Several Buckeyes have claimed key wins against opponents ranked in the Campbell/ITA Division I Men’s Singles Rankings.

BUCKEYE WINS VS. RANKED OPPONENTS IN 2009-10:
Justin Kronauge (21-3 overall)

No. 21 Ashley Watling (Tulsa) – 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
No. 29 Reid Carleton (Duke) – 6-3, 6-1
No. 29 Alex Musialek (Kentucky) – 6-4, 6-3
No. 54 Simon Childs (Louisville) – 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
No. 70 Alex Llompart (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 84 Simon Childs (Louisville) –  7-5, 6-2
No. 96 Nate Schnugg (Georgia) – 6-3, 6-2

Chase Buchanan (16-4 overall)
No. 7 Alexandre Lacroix (Florida) – 6-2, 6-4
No. 8 Eric Quigley (Kentucky) – 7-6, 6-2
No. 16 Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) – 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 18 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 6-3, 6-1
No. 34 Austen Childs (Louisville) – 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4
No. 36 Clay Donato (North Carolina) – 6-3, 6-4
No. 90 Bassam Beidas (Pepperdine) – 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
No. 98 Stephen Havens (Notre Dame) – 6-1, 6-3

Shuhei Uzawa (16-12 overall)
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 7-6, 6-3
No. 78 Mihai Nichifor (Columbia) – 6-1, 6-2

Dino Marcan (15-4 overall)
No. 16 Jarmere Jenkins (Virginia) –  6-1, 6-4
No. 81 Andrew Carter (Louisville) –  6-3, 6-4
No. 99 Brennan Boyajian (North Carolina) – 6-1, 7-5

Balazs Novak (20-6 overall)
No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Matt Allare (14-4 overall)
No. 122 Chidi Gabriel (Louisville) – 6-4, 6-3

Steven Williams (14-3 overall)
No. 97 Marek Czerwinski (Illinois) – 6-4, 6-4

STRONG JUNIOR CLASS
Juniors Matt Allare, Balazs Novak and Shuhei Uzawa have had impressive careers since joining the team in 2007. In singles, the trio has a combined overall record of 214-63 (.773) in less than three complete seasons. In singles, Allare, Novak and Uzawa are a combined 44-4 in Big Ten play.

Last year, the three Buckeyes each won at least 25 matches in both singles and doubles as sophomores.

THE BIG TEN’S BEST
For the eighth time this season, a Buckeye was named Big Ten Player of the Week the conference announced Tuesday. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge won his fifth-career weekly honor after his performance against No. 62 Penn State and Cleveland State March 28. He won the award once earlier this year (Feb. 9). Sophomore Chase Buchanan (Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 9, March 16) leads the team with four weekly honors this year, while freshman Dino Marcan (Jan. 19 and Feb. 16) earned athlete of the week honors earlier this season as well.

NOTING THE TY TUCKER ERA (as of March 31)
Ty Tucker Accomplishments…

  • Named 2009 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year; the first in program history
  • has 34 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and a two-time Academic All-American (Vincent Ng in 2002 and ’03)
  • has 23 All-Big Ten selections
  • has coached three Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athletes of the Year (Ng, 2003, Bryan Koniecko 2008 and ’09), three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year (Joey Atas, 2004, Koniecko 2006 and Justin Kronauge, 2007) and owns five Big Ten Coach of the Year honors(2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
  • has had the No. 1 ranked singles player three times — Jeremy Wurtzman in 2004, Steven Moneke in 2007, Bryan Koniecko 2009
  • has won 271 matches against 50 defeats (.844)
  • has an average record of 26-5 per season (2000-present)
  • has the best single regular-season win percentage (2009) in school history (.947/36-2)
  • has had two players set school career singles wins record (132, Vincent Ng from 2000-03; 146 Steven Moneke from 2006-2009)
  • has had four players set the program’s career doubles wins record (Bryan Koniecko with 125 from 2006-2009; Drew Eberly with 118 from 2005-08; Ross Wilson with 118 from 2003-06; Scott Green with 117 from 2003-06)
  • has had two players set the school record for career combined singles and doubles wins (254, Bryan Koniecko from 2006-2009; 208, Ross Wilson from 2003-06)

 Ohio State Accomplishments Under Tucker…

  • Advanced to the program’s first NCAA Championships Final (2009)
  • finished 2009 ranked No. 2 nationally as a team with a 36-2 record (10-0 in the Big Ten)
  • has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 103-consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
  • attained program’s best ranking (No. 1) Jan. 6 – Feb. 19, 2008
  • has won 103 consecutive home matches (April 6, 2003 to present)
  • has won 33 consecutive Big Ten home matches
  • has won 55 consecutive Big Ten dual matches dating back to 2005
  • has won 102 consecutive dual matches (non-tournament) from Feb. 26, 2006 – present
  • earned 10 regular-season Big Ten Conference dual match victories for first time in program history, four times (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
  • has won 42 consecutive regular-season away dual matches beginning with Feb. 26, 2006 win (4-2) at No. 21 VCU to its April 12, 2009 win (6-1) at No. 16 Illinois
  • had the No. 3 ranked doubles team (32-5 overall in 2006 and 3 national indoor titles from 2004-06)
  • has 10 consecutive 20-win seasons (a school record) with Tucker as the head coach
  • has 15 20-win seasons all-time, more than half with Tucker as head coach
  • has been to 10-consecutive NCAA team tournaments, second in the Big Ten only to Illinois’ 14
  • won the 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Tournaments
  • won outright 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Championships
  • has led Ohio State to the best four-year combined Big Ten record in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (40-0)
  • has led Ohio State to the best four-year combined regular season record in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (129-8)

UP NEXT
Ohio State will travel to South Bend, Ind., to face No. 36 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. April 7 before hosting its fourth home doubleheader of the season, welcoming Michigan State at 2 p.m. and Toledo at 6:30 p.m. April 9.