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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team will face two Top 20 opponents this week at home, welcoming No. 13 Louisville at 6 p.m. Wednesday and No. 17 Texas A&M at noon Sunday at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.

The Buckeyes (10-1; 0-0 Big Ten) have won 10 of their last 11 matches to begin the season, including a win over then-No. 16 Louisville Feb. 12 at the National Team Indoor Championship. Ohio State also has recorded wins against No. 51 New Mexico, No. 35 Tulsa, No. 22 North Carolina, No. 13 Pepperdine, No. 12 Florida and No. 9 Kentucky.

Sunday is Kid’s Day at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Giveaways include posters, schedule cards and the first 50 fans will receive a free T-shirt. There will also be a postmatch autograph session.

LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes defeated No. 9 Kentucky and Wright State Feb. 21 in their second home doubleheader of the season at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The two wins improve Ohio State’s home win streak to 97 in a row, which dates back to the 2003 season. The Buckeyes improved to 8-0 at home this season.

In the first match, the Buckeyes won, 5-2, over the Wildcats to claim their first win against a Top 10 opponent this season. Ohio State won four-consecutive singles matches after dropping the doubles point to mark its seventh-consecutive victory against Kentucky. Two Buckeyes defeated ranked-opponents in singles. Sophomore Chase Buchanan, polled 36th in the nation, upset eighth-ranked Eric Quigley in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 at No.1, while senior co-captain Justin Kronauge defeated No. 29 Alex Musialek 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2. 

In the evening match, Ohio State swept Wright State, 7-0, to hit double digits in the wins column through 11 matches this year. Freshman Dino Marcan won his second-career singles match at No. 1 singles after defeating Nick Camilleri 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). Sophomores Steven Williams and Devin McCarthy started in both doubles and singles to pick up wins in each. In doubles, the pair swept Evan Neuman and Landon Neuman, 8-0, at No. 3. In singles, Williams improved to 13-3 overall, winning 6-2, 6-2 over Evan Neuman at No. 6, while McCarthy downed Mihkel Kruusmagi 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5.

HOME SWEET HOME
Ohio State extended its home win streak to 97-consecutive matches after downing No. 9 Kentucky, 5-2, and Wright State, 5-2, Feb. 21 at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. No other Big Ten team in any sport has won as many consecutive games at home than the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray won its 16 home competitions last season, marking the sixth-consecutive year the Buckeyes won all their home matches. The streak dates back to the 2003 season, starting with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6.

BUCKEYES RECEIVE HIGH RANKING
Ohio State is No. 3 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings announced Tuesday. Guided by 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have now been ranked in the Top 25 in the ITA rankings for 10-consecutive years.

Ohio State is 45-2 (.957) when ranked No. 3. The Buckeyes have been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 99-consecutive matches, beginning March 7, 2006.

BUCKEYES RANKED IN THE POLLS
Four Buckeyes are in the Top 125 of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. In singles, sophomore Chase Buchanan is No. 23. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge, a native of Dayton, Ohio, is No. 30, while freshman Dino Marcan is No. 47. Junior Shuhei Uzawa is polled at No. 91

Buchanan is 11-4 overall this season with a 7-1 mark at No. 1 singles. Kronauge is 13-3 overall with a 5-3 record against nationally-ranked opponents. Marcan is 12-1 overall, including a 3-0 mark against nationally-ranked opponents. He is 8-1 in dual play. Uzawa, a native of Chiba, Japan, is 12-9 overall.

In doubles, junior Balazs Novak and Marcan are No. 53. The Buckeye duo leads the team in wins with 11 victories this season.

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 94 consecutive regular-season (non-tournament) matches dating back to the 2006 season. Ohio State lost, 5-2, against Notre Dame Feb. 26, 2006 in South Bend.

THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
Louisville, ranked 13th in the latest ITA polls, is 11-2 overall on the season. Last time out, the Cardinals defeated No. 38 Oklahoma State, 6-1, Feb. 27 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in Kentucky. The win vs. the Cowboys marked the 300th win for head coach Rex Ecarma. The Cardinals have defeated one Top 5 opponent in No. 5 Baylor, 4-2, in a consolation match at the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va. Louisville hit the Top 10 for the first time this season Feb. 23 in the latest ITA/Campbell Division I Men’s College Tennis Rankings.

CARDINALS IN THE RANKINGS
In singles, Louisville has three members ranked in the latest ITA/Campbell Division I Men’s College Tennis Rankings announced March 2.  Junior Austen Childs is No. 34 and junior Simon Childs is No. 54. Freshman Chidi Gabriel is No. 122. The Cardinals have one doubles tandem in the current rankings as Simon partners with Austen, making up the 18th-ranked pair in the nation.

OHIO STATE VS. LOUISVILLE 
The Buckeyes own a 7-1 all-time record against the Cardinals. Once already this season, the Buckeyes defeated Louisville, 4-2, Feb. 12 in the first round of the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va. The lone loss against the Cardinals came during the 1998 season with Louisville winning, 5-2, in Columbus.  

Since 1999, the Buckeyes are 2-3 all-time against a team ranked 10th in the country. The Buckeyes last beat a team No. 10 in the nation during the 2008-09 campaign, downing No. 10 Baylor, 7-0, March 1 in Columbus. Under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 3-0 against the Cardinals and are 13-4 all-time against teams from the Big East Conference.

THE TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Texas A&M, ranked 17th in the latest ITA standings, is 7-2 overall this year. The Aggies have key wins against Wisconsin, Tulsa and Oklahoma State. Last time out, Texas A&M defeated No. 37 LSU, 5-2, Feb. 28 on the road in Baton Rouge, La. The Aggies will first travel to Illinois Friday before coming to Columbus to finish off the weekend.

Last season, Texas A&M finished the year with a 17-9 overall record advancing to the Round of 16 at the 2009 NCAA Championships, while hosting the event. The program has won at least 15 matches in 11 out of the last 12 seasons.

AGGIES IN THE RANKINGS
Texas A&M has two members listed in the latest ITA standings in singles, while posting two doubles pairs in the rankings. In singles, Austin Krajicek is No. 16 and Jeff Dadamo follows at No. 33. In doubles, Dadamo and Krajicek make up the ninth-ranked tandem in the nation, while Alexey Grigorov and Marcus Lunt are No. 33.

OHIO STATE VS. TEXAS A&M
The Buckeyes are 1-2 all-time vs. the Aggies. Last time out, Ohio State defeated Texas A&M, 4-3, March 13 in College Station, Texas. Under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 1-0 against the Aggies and 7-4 all-time vs. teams from the Big 12 Conference.

SUCCESS IN DUALS
Ohio State has been dominant in the beginning of the 2010 campaign in dual action. In singles, the Buckeyes are a combined 53-10 (.841). Junior Balazs Novak paces the squad with 16 victories. In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 24-9 (.727). Novak and freshman Dino Marcan lead the way with an 8-2 mark, while senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and sophomore Chase Buchanan are 6-4.
Last season, Ohio State finished with a combined dual-record of 173-23 (.883) in singles and was 81-22 (.786) in doubles.

NOVAK LEADS BUCKEYES
In singles, junior Balazs Novak leads the Buckeyes in wins this season with 16 singles victories and tops the team in doubles with 14 wins.

Novak is 16-4 overall, winning nine of his last 10 matches. In 65 career dual matches, the native of Budapest, Hungary, has only suffered four losses.

Novak is 14-3 overall in doubles. Partnering with freshman Dino Marcan, the Buckeye duo is 9-2, including a 6-2 mark in dual action.

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 124 singles wins and 102 doubles victories.

O’Connell, a native of Holland Ohio, returns for his final year as a doubles specialist for the Buckeyes. After undergoing left shoulder surgery at the end of the summer, O’Connell will look to be healthy and ready to defend another Big Ten title. O’Connell has a career doubles record of 32-14 and 17-9 in dual play.

KRONAUGE CLIMBS SINGLES, DOUBLES CHARTS
Senior Justin Kronauge won two singles matches and one doubles match against Kentucky and Wright State Feb. 21 to continue his rise in the program’s record books for career singles victories. In singles, the Dayton, Ohio, native has 124 career victories, which is fifth on the all-time career singles wins list. He is just two wins shy of tying former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) for fourth with 126 victories.

In doubles, Kronauge became the sixth Buckeye in program history to hit the 100-win mark. He currently has 102 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. Former Buckeyes Bryan 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 227 victories. Koniecko and Moneke are first and second, respectively, with 254 and 247 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 (13-3 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. 70 Alex Llompart (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 84 Simon Childs (Louisville) –  7-5, 6-2

Chase Buchanan (11-4 overall)
No. 7 Alexandre Lacroix (Florida) – 6-2, 6-4
No. 8 Eric Quigley (Kentucky ) – 7-6, 6-2
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 (12-9 overall)
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 7-6, 6-3
No. 78 Mihai Nichifor (Columbia) – 6-1, 6-2

Dino Marcan (12-1 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 (16-4 overall)
No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Steven Williams (13-3 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 during the 2007 campaign. In singles, the trio has a combined overall record of 198-57 (.776) in less than three complete seasons at Ohio State. Allare, Novak and Uzawa are a combined 40-4 in Big Ten play.

In doubles last season, the three Buckeyes each won at least 25 matches in both singles and doubles as sophomores.

BIG TEN RANKINGS
Ten of the 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings announced March 2.

RANK  SCHOOL
   3  Ohio State
  12  Illinois
  34  Northwestern
  36  Michigan
  37  Wisconsin
  42  Penn State
  43  Indiana
  46  Minnesota
  49  Iowa 
  65  Purdue

THE BIG TEN’S BEST
For the fifth time this season, a Buckeye was named Big Ten Player of the Week the conference announced Feb. 23. Sophomore Chase Buchanan won his second-career weekly honor after his performance against No. 9 Kentucky and Wright State Feb. 21. He won the award for the first time Feb. 2. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (Feb. 9) and freshman Dino Marcan (Jan. 19 and Feb. 16) earned athlete of the week honors earlier this season.

Ohio State, which collected four-consecutive weekly laurels Feb. 2-23, leads the Big Ten with five followed by Michigan and Northwestern.

With the help of Buchanan, Ohio State defeated ninth-ranked Kentucky, 5-2, at the Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The native of New Albany, Ohio, won in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 against No. 8 Eric Quigley at No. 1 singles. He is now 11-4 overall with a 7-1 mark at No. 1 singles.

Marcan helped lead the Buckeyes advancement to its third semifinal appearance in four years at the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 12-15.  

In a 4-2 first-round victory against the Cardinals, Marcan played at No. 3 singles against No. 81 Andrew Carter. The first-year Buckeye won 6-3, 6-4.

In the semifinal match against host-school and sixth-ranked Virginia, Marcan topped 16th-ranked Jarmere Jenkins in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 to claim a victory over the highest ranked opponent he has faced in his collegiate career. With the win, Marcan improved to 10-1 overall.

Buchanan won two singles matches against ranked opponents in matches against the Waves and Tar Heels, Feb. 5 and 7, respectively, for his first honor this season.

In a 6-1 victory against the Waves, Buchanan played at No. 1 singles against No. 90 Bassam Beidas. The second-year Buckeye won 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) in a third-set tiebreaker. The following match against the Tar Heels, he topped 36th-ranked Clay Donato in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 for his 20th-career victory as a Buckeye.

Kronauge, a native of Centerville, Ohio, posted a 4-0 record Jan. 30-31 as Ohio State was one of 15 schools to serve as hosts of the 2010 ITA Kick-Off Weekend at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. With the help of Kronauge, the Buckeyes advanced to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship for the fourth-consecutive season.

Marcan participated, along with three other Buckeye members, at the Boilermaker Invitational Jan. 16-17 at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Ind. A native of Rijeka, Croatia, Marcan was announced the tournament winner with four singles and three doubles victories.

NOTING THE TY TUCKER ERA (as of March 2)
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 Coaches of the Year (2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
  • had the No. 1 ranked singles player — Jeremy Wurtzman in 2004, Steven Moneke in 2007, Koniecko 2009
  • has won 265 matches against 50 defeats (.841)
  • 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, Ng from 2000-03; 146 Moneke from 2006-2009)
  • has had three players set the program’s career doubles wins record (Koniecko with 125 from 2006-2009; 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, Koniecko from 2006-2009; 209, 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 99-consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
  • attained program’s best ranking (No. 1) Jan. 6 – Feb. 19, 2008
  • has won 97-consecutive home matches (April 6, 2003 to present)
  • has won 31-consecutive Big Ten home matches
  • has won 50-consecutive Big Ten dual matches dating back to 2005
  • has won 94-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 40-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 begin the 2010 Big Ten season at home against Purdue at 6 p.m. March 12 at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.