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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team will look to continue its winning streak this week, traveling to No. 36 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Wednesday in South Bend Ind. The squad then hosts its fourth home doubleheader of the season against Michigan State and Toledo Friday at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. The Buckeyes round out the weekend, hosting No. 26 Michigan at noon Sunday. The home matches will be played outdoors at Stickney Tennis Center.

The match vs. the Fighting Irish will have live updates available at www.und.com, while the home matches will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.  As always, admission for home matches is free of charge.

WE’RE GOING STREAKING
Ohio State (20-1; 4-0 Big Ten) has won 12 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, Cleveland State (7-0), No. 73 Iowa (6-1) and No. 44 Minnesota (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 Big Ten match of the season with a 7-0 victory over No. 44 Minnesota April 4 at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Ohio State has now won 57 consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents, dating back to 2005.

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, 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 first on the team with 13 victories.

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. THE BIG TEN
In Big Ten competition, the Buckeyes are a combined 24-1 in singles and 11-1 in doubles action this season In singles, six Buckeyes have undefeated records. Four Buckeyes have 4-0 records, including senior co-captain Justin Kronague, junior Matt Allare, sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan. Junior Balazs Novak and sophomore Devin McCarthy are both 3-0.

In doubles, Buchanan and Marcan lead the way with a 4-0 mark in the Big Ten, while Kronauge and Novak are 3-0.

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 Novak (10-0), Allare (9-0) and Shuhei Uzawa (5-0). Kronauge (8-1) and Buchanan (6-1) lost only one match in singles last year. 

Currently, Ohio State has won 57 consecutive matches in league play and is now 108-5 in its last 113 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
  13  Illinois
  26  Michigan
  33 Wisconsin
  39 Minnesota
  41  Indiana
  48  Northwestern
  60  Iowa
  63  Penn State

BIG TEN STANDINGS (Through April 4)
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.

Through Matches of April 4, 2010

 

Big Ten

Overall

Team

Record

Pct.

Record

Pct.

1. Ohio State

4-0

1.000

20-1

.952

2. Illinois

4-0

1.000

13-6

.684

3. Michigan

5-0

1.000

9-7

.563

4. Indiana

2-2

.500

11-5

.688

5. Wisconsin

2-2

.500

13-6

.684

6. Iowa

2-2

.500

10-6

.625

7. Minnesota

2-2

.500

9-7

.563

8. Penn State

1-3

.250

12-6

.667

9. Northwestern

1-3

.250

9-8

.529

10. Michigan State

1-4

.200

12-8

.600

11. Purdue

0-4

.000

10-9

.526


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 12-consecutive singles wins. Two Buckeye duos, sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan and Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak, have won seven straight matches. 

SINGLES

Player Win Streak 
 Justin Kronauge    12
 Chase Buchanan  9
 Devin McCarthy   8
 Steven Williams   8
 Matt Allare    7
 Balazs Novak   3
 Dino Marcan  3

                    

DOUBLES
 
         

Pairs   Win Streak Buchanan/Marcan   7 Kronauge/Novak  7
 

SEVERAL BUCKEYES HIT DOUBLE DIGITS
Eight members of the team have won 10 or more singles matches this season. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (23), junior Balazs Novak (22), sophomore Chase Buchanan (18),  freshman Dino Marcan (17), junior Shuhei Uzawa (16),  junior Matt Allare (16) and sophomores Steven Williams (14) and Devin McCarthy (13) all have hit double digit wins through 21 completed matches this year. Kronauge and Buchanan have a combined dual match record of 34-2, including a 20-1 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 23-11 at Nos. 3-6 singles.

Second-year Buckeyes Williams and McCarthy are both perfect in dual action, posting 4-0 and 8-0 records, respectively. The two are a combined 18-2 in their last 20 matches in singles.

DOUBLE TIME
Ohio State won the doubles point against Iowa (April 2) and Minnesota (April 4) for the 17th and 18th 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 50-4 when ranked second in the nation. The Buckeyes have been polled in the ITA Top 10 for 109 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 March 30. 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 18-4 overall this season with a 13-1 mark at No. 1 singles. The native of New Albany, Ohio, is 9-4 against nationally ranked opponents. Kronauge leads the team in wins with a 23-3 mark. The 2008 ITA All-American has won his last 12 matches to help the Buckeyes reach a 20-1 record. Marcan is 17-4 overall, including a 3-1 ledger against nationally-ranked opponents. He is 13-4 in dual action. Uzawa has a 16-13 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 8-1 this year.  The pair has won seven-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 104 consecutive regular-season (non-tournament) matches dating back to 2006. It has been more than four years since Ohio State last lost, 5-2, Feb. 26, 2006 to Notre Dame in South Bend.

THE NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
Notre Dame, ranked 36th in the latest ITA polls released Tuesday, is 11-8 overall this year, winning five of its last six matches.  The Fighting Irish have five wins against nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 26 Fresno State (4-3), No. 19 Florida State (4-3), No. 51 New Mexico (4-1) and No. 75 William & Mary (4-3). Notre Dame has two wins against Big Ten opponents, including No. 31 Wisconsin, 4-3, Feb. 28 in South Bend and No. 45 Northwestern, 5-2, March 27 in Evanston, Ill.

NOTRE DAME IN THE RANKINGS
The Fighting Irish have two players ranked in the latest ITA singles polls announced March 30. Sophomore Casey Watt is No. 29, posting an 18-11 overall record. Daniel Stahl is No. 91, winning eight matches at No. 3 singles this year.

OHIO STATE VS. NOTRE DAME
The Buckeyes are 24-26 all-time vs. the Fighting Irish. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is 6-4 vs. Notre Dame, winning the last three matches. Ohio State has not lost on the road in a regular-season (non-tournament) match since, dropping a 5-2 match to the Fighting Irish Feb. 26, 2006, in South Bend.

In singles, four active Buckeyes are a combined 10-2 vs. Notre Dame opponents. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (4-0) and juniors Shuhei Uzawa (3-1), Balazs Novak (2-1) and Matt Allare (1-0) have winning records against the Fighting Irish.

Buckeye wins vs. Notre Dame (Active Team Members)
Jan. 11-13, 2008 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Stephen Havens – 7-6, 6-3
March 28, 2008 – Balazs Novak def. David Anderson – 6-1, 6-4
March 28, 2008 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Stephen Havens – 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
Feb. 21, 2009 – Matt Allare def. Niall Fitzgerald – 6-3, 6-4
Feb. 21, 2009 – Justin Kronauge def. Casey Watt – 6-1, 6-4
Feb. 21, 2009 – Balazs Novak def. David Anderson – 6-3, 6-1
Feb. 21, 2009 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Tyler Davis – 6-2, 6-4

THE MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
Michigan State is 11-9 overall this season with a 0-5 record in conference play. Last time out, the Spartans dropped a 6-1 match to Wisconsin April 3 at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Michigan State began the year winning six of its first eight matches. The match vs. Ohio State will be first Top 10 opponent the Spartans have faced for the 2009-10 campaign.  

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE
The Buckeyes own a 37-35 ledger vs. the Spartans. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is 10-0 overall the Spartans. The Buckeyes have not lost to Michigan State since dropping a 4-3 match to the Spartans during the 1998-99 campaign in East Lansing, Mich.  

In singles,five Buckeyes are a combined 10-0 vs. Michigan State opponents. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (3-0), juniors Matt Allare (2-0), Balazs Novak (2-0) and Shuhei Uzawa (2-0) and sophomore Chase Buchanan (1-0) are undefeated against the Spartans in their careers.

Buckeye wins vs. Michigan State (Active Team Members)
March 30, 2008 – Shuhei Uzawa def. John Stratton – 6-4, 6-0
April 6, 2009 – Matt Allare def. Austin Brooks – 6-1, 7-6
April 6, 2009 – Balazs Novak def. Ronnie Hulewicz – 6-0, 6-0
April 6, 2009 – Shuhei Uzawa def. John Stratton – 6-0, 6-0

THE TOLEDO ROCKETS
Toledo is currently 9-13 overall with a 1-2 record in league play. Last time out, the Rockets defeated Northern Illinois, 6-1, April 4 in its first conference win of the 2010 campaign. Toledo is 0-2 vs. Big Ten opponents this season. Before traveling to Columbus to face the Buckeyes, the Rockets will play Dayton at 11 a.m. Friday in Lima, Ohio.

OHIO STATE VS. TOLEDO
The Buckeyes are 25-2 all-time vs. the Rockets. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is a perfect 9-0 vs. Toledo. Against MAC opponents, Ohio State is 13-0 with Tucker at the helm. Last season, the Buckeyes downed the Rockets, 4-0, March 29 in Columbus.

In singles, senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (2-0) and junior Balazs Novak (1-0) are undefeated vs. Toledo opponents.

THE MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Michigan, ranked 26th in the latest ITA standings released Tuesday, is 9-7 overall with an undefeated 5-0 record in the Big Ten. Last time out, the Wolverines defeated Wisconsin, 4-3, in a comeback win at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor. Along with the Badgers, Michigan has been victorious over Michigan State (6-1), Minnesota (5-2), Iowa (6-1) and Northwestern (5-2) this season. The Wolverines defeated then-No. 10 California, 5-2, March 4 in San Diego, Calif. Michigan has won four consecutive matches, each coming within conference play.

MICHIGAN IN THE RANKINGS
The Wolverines have four members ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings announced March 30. In singles, junior Jason Jung leads the team at No. 41 with a 17-13 overall record. Jung has won his last three matches. Freshman Evan King is No. 97, compiling a 16-11 overall record with a 4-2 ledger at No. 1 singles. In doubles, Michigan has two pairs ranked in the polls. Seniors George Navas and Mike Sroczynski are No. 33. The Michigan duo leads the team in wins this year with 12 victories with nine coming at No. 2 doubles. Jung and King combine for the 43rd-ranked doubles tandem in the nation with a 9-7 overall record.
 
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN
Ohio State is 24-73-1 all-time vs. the Wolverines. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 13-2 vs. Michigan, claiming the last 12 matches. Ohio State has not lost to the Wolverines since the 2000-01 campaign, dropping a 4-3 match in Ann Arbor. Last time out, the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines, 4-1, in the second round of the NCAA Championship May 9, 2009, in Columbus.

In singles, six Buckeyes are a combined 19-8 against Wolverine opponents. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and Balazs Novak lead the team with six wins vs. Michigan. Junior Matt Allare is undefeated vs. the Wolverines with a 2-0 record.

Buckeye wins vs. Michigan (Active Team Members)
Nov. 11, 2006 – Justin Kronauge def. Mike Sroczynski – 6-2, 6-4
Nov. 9-12, 2007 – Mike O’Connell def. George Navas – 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
April 20, 2008 – Justin Kronauge def. Jason Jung – 6-3, 7-6
April 20, 2008 – Balazs Novak def. George Navas – 6-1, 6-4
April 20, 2008 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Mike Sroczynski – 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)
April 26, 2008 – Justin Kronauge def. Jason Jung – 6-3, 6-0
April 26, 2008 – Balazs Novak def. Chris Madden – 6-1, 6-3
April 5, 2009 – Justin Kronauge def. George Navas -6-2, 6-1
April 25, 2009 – Matt Allare def. Chris Madden – 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
May 9, 2009 – Justin Kronauge def. Mike Sroczynski – 6-2, 6-4



OSU’S RECORD IN 2009-10 WHEN…
Playing ranked teams: 8-1
Leading after doubles point: 18-0
Trailing after doubles point: 2-1
Playing at home: 14-0
Playing on the road: 4-0
Playing at neutral site: 2-1
Winning at No. 1 singles: 17-0
Losing at No. 1 singles: 1-0
Winning at No. 2 singles: 18-1
Losing at No. 2 singles: 1-1
Winning at No. 3 singles: 16-1
Losing at No. 3 singles: 3-0
Winning at No. 4 singles: 15-0
Losing at No. 4 singles: 5-1
Winning at No. 5 singles: 13-0
Losing at No. 5 singles: 6-1
Winning at No. 6 singles: 18-1
Losing at No. 6 singles: 0-1
Winning at No. 1 doubles: 12-0
Losing at No. 1 doubles: 6-1
Winning at No. 2 doubles: 17-0
Losing at No. 2 doubles: 2-1
Winning at No. 3 doubles: 18-1
Losing at No. 3 doubles: 1-1
Playing indoors: 16-1
Playing outdoors: 4-0
Chase Buchanan winning singles: 14-0
Justin Kronauge winning singles: 20-0
Dino Marcan winning singles: 13-0
Balazs Novak winning singles: 16-0
Shuhei Uzawa winning singles: 9-1
Matt Allare winning singles: 13-0
Dino Marcan/Balazs Novak winning doubles: 10-0
Matt Allare/ Shuhei Uzawa winning doubles: 9-1
Chase Buchanan/Justin Kronauge winning doubles: 7-0

SUCCESS IN DUALS
In singles, the Buckeyes are a combined 98-20 (.831) in dual play. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge paces the squad with 20 victories. In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 48-12 (.800). Juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa are 10-5 this year. 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 23 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 22-6 overall, winning eight of his last 10 matches.

Novak is 22-3 overall in doubles. Partnering with Kronauge, the Buckeye duo is a perfect 7-0 overall, winning six matches at No. 3.

BUCHANAN AT NO. 1
Sophomore Chase Buchanan has had an impressive transition to the top of the singles lineup in 2009-10. Through 14 matches at No. 1, the native of New Albany, Ohio, has a 13-1 record. During the stretch, Buchanan has been victorious over nine 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 March 30.

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 134 singles wins and 113 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 March 28, 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 victories and two doubles victories in wins over Iowa April 2 and Minnesota April 4 to continue his rise in the program’s record books for career singles and doubles victories. In singles, the Dayton, Ohio, native has 134 career victories, which is second on the all-time career wins list.

In doubles, Kronauge became the sixth Buckeye in program history to hit the 100-win mark. He currently has 113 career doubles wins, which is fifth on the all-time career wins list. He also is just the third Buckeye in OSU history to have at least 100 singles wins and 100 doubles wins. Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke are the other two student-athletes to accomplish the feat.

Kronauge is currently tied for second on the all-time combined career wins list with Koniecko with 247 victories. Moneke is first with 254 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 a 20-3 overall record with 17 of the victories coming from dual competition. He has posted a 6-1 mark at No. 1 and an 8-2 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 15 dual starts this year, Allare is 13-2 with an 8-1 record at No. 6 singles. He has been victorious at No. 6 singles in key 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 12-0 in dual play. McCarthy has won eight consecutive matches, while Williams is 9-1 in his last 10 starts. They have not lost a match this spring 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 seven matches, the Buckeye duo has a 5-1 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 six matches, winning each by a margin of three points or more.

PLAYING TIME
Sophomore Devin McCarthy has played five of the last eight matches, most recently against Minnesota April 4. Playing at No. 6 singles vs. the Gophers, the second-year Buckeye downed Brendan Ruddock 6-3, 7-6 (8-3) in the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win over Minnesota.

BUCKEYE SLEEPER?
After posting a win in singles play against Minnesota (April 4), sophomore Devin McCarthy is 8-0 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 (23-3 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 (18-4 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. 66 Sebastian Gallego (Minnesota) – 6-4, 6-1
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 (16-13 overall)
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 7-6, 6-3
No. 78 Mihai Nichifor (Columbia) – 6-1, 6-2

Dino Marcan (17-4 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
No. 105 Tobias Wernet (Minnesota) – 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

Balazs Novak (22-6 overall)
No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Matt Allare (16-4 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 218-64 (.773) in less than three complete seasons. In singles, Allare, Novak and Uzawa are a combined 48-5 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 ninth time this season, a Buckeye was named Big Ten Player of the Week the conference announced Tuesday. Sophomore Chase Buchanan won his fifth weekly honor this season after his performance against No. 73 Iowa April 2 and No. 44 Minnesota April 4. He leads conference in weekly awards after picking up four laurels earlier this y ear (Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 9, March 16). Last week, 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). 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 April 5)
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 277 matches against 50 defeats (.847)
  • 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 57 consecutive Big Ten dual matches dating back to 2005
  • has won 104 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 44 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 for its last non-conference opponent match against Mississippi April 14 before rounding out the final two home matches of the 2010 spring season. The Buckeyes face Indiana at 3 p.m. April 16, while battling Illinois at 12 p.m. April 18 on senior day.