COLUMBUS, Ohio – Facing its first Top 15 opponent of the 2010 campaign, the No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team won 6-1 against No. 13 Pepperdine Friday at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Freshman Dino Marcan clinched the match for the Buckeyes in singles after defeating Mousheq Hovhannisyan 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 3 to improve to 7-0 overall on the season.
The Buckeyes (5-0; 0-0 Big Ten) have now won a school-record 94-consecutive matches dating back to the 2003 season. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State has also won a school-record 91-consecutive regular-season (non-tournament) matches dating back to the 2006 season.
“Pepperdine gave us a good fight,” Tucker said. “We did not runaway with this match and it easily could have been a 4-3 decision. To beat a team that is 13th in the country is good, but we have to be ready to play against North Carolina Sunday.”
With the win, Ohio State owns a 4-1 all-time record against the Waves. Since 1999, Ohio State is now 5-0 against teams ranked 13th-ranked in the country.
In doubles, Ohio State won the point for the fifth-consecutive time this year. At No. 2, juniors Shuhei Uzawa and Matt Allare downed Bassam Beidas and Hugh Clarke, 8-5. The Buckeye duo is 5-3 overall.
Junior Balazs Novak and Dino Marcan followed at No. 3, winning 8-4 against Daniel Moss and Sebastian Fanselow to capture the first point of the match. The pair improves to an impressive 7-0 overall this season, which leads the team. Doubles play was stopped after the Buckeyes clinched the point.
In singles, Allare was the first to strike on the board for the Buckeyes at No. 6. He won in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 against Alejandro Moreno. Allare is now 6-2 overall, including a 2-0 mark at No. 6 singles. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge won his eighth match of the season after topping No. 70 Alex Llompart 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) at No. 2. He is a perfect 5-0 at No. 2.
At No. 4, Novak showed his toughness against No. 96 Fanselow. The native of Budapest, Hungary, battled back in a second-set tiebreaker to win 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). He is 5-0 in dual-action for the year.
No. 34 Uzawa dropped his first dual-match of the season against Finn Tearney at No. 5, losing in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Uzawa is 10-5 overall in his third season. At the top of the lineup, sophomore Chase Buchanan was determined to win against No. 90 Beidas. After dropping the first set, Buchanan won 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) in a third-set tiebreaker. He is now 8-3 overall.
The Buckeyes return to action against No. 22 North Carolina at noon Sunday at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Admission is free.
No. 3 Ohio State 6 , No. 13 Pepperdine 1
The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
Feb. 5, 2010, 5 p.m.
1. No. 103 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 90 Bassam Beidas (PEP) – 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
2. Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. No. 70 Alex Llompart (PEP) – 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Mousheq Hovhannisyan (PEP) – 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (PEP) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Finn Tearney (PEP) def. No. 34 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Alejandro Moreno (PEP) – 6-4, 6-3
1. Chase Buchanan/Justin Kronauge (OSU) vs. No. 52 Alex Llompart/Finn Tearney (PEP) – 6-3, unfinished
2. Shuhei Uzawa/Matt Allare (OSU) def. Bassam Beidas/Hugh Clarke (PEP) – 8-5
3. Balazs Novak/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Daniel Moss/Sebastian Fanselow (PEP) – 8-4
Pepperdine 2-2; National ranking #13
Ohio State 5-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,2,3,4,5,1)
Official: Vince Solomon T-3:49