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COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated the 13th-ranked Louisville Cardinals, 5-2, Wednesday at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The Buckeyes have now won 98 consecutive matches, which dates back to the 2003 season.

Ohio State (11-1; 0-0 Big Ten) improves to 8-1 all-time vs. the Cardinals. Eleven-year head coach Ty Tucker is 4-0 against Louisville and the Buckeyes are 14-4 all-time against teams from the Big East Conference. Under Tucker, the Scarlet and Gray has won a school-record 95 consecutive regular-season (non-tournament) matches.

Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge won the match for the Buckeyes at No. 2 singles vs. No. 54 Simon Childs. No. 30 Kronauge defeated Simon Childs 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 after breaking serve in the 11th game in the final set. Kronauge is now one win shy of tying former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) for fourth on the all-time career wins list with 126 victories.

In doubles, the Buckeyes won matches at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, to take a 1-0 advantage. At No. 2, juniors Shuhei Uzawa and Matt Allare began the Ohio State momentum with an 8-5 victory against Austen Childs and Chidi Gabriel. The Buckeye duo improves to 9-5 overall on the season.

Serving to claim the doubles point, junior Balazs Novak partnered with Kronauge at No. 3. The Buckeye pair broke serve during the eighth game to take a 6-2 advantage against Viktor Maksimcuk and Sumit-Prakash Gupta. Novak and Kronauge won, 8-4, against the Louisville duo in their first match of the season paired together.

Sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan paired for the second time this year at the top of the lineup vs. Simon Childs and Alejandro Calligari. The Buckeye duo fought hard and lost a close 8-6 match.

In singles, Allare defeated a ranked opponent for the first time this season. He downed No. 122 Gabriel in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to improve to 9-3 overall with a 5-1 mark at No. 6 singles. At No. 4, No. 91 Uzawa won 6-1, 6-3 over Andrew Carter, putting the Buckeyes within one point of claiming the match. Uzawa is 13-9 overall.

At No. 5, Novak lost in three sets to Calligari 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to give the Cardinals their first point of the match. Novak, a native of Budapest, Hungary, lost just his second dual match of the season and is now 16-5 overall.

At No. 4, No. 47 Marcan forced a third set against Maksimcuk after dropping the opening set. He fell 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 and is now 12-2 on the season. At the top of the lineup, No. 23 Buchanan faced his seventh-consecutive ranked opponent of the season against No. 34 Austen Childs. The native of New Albany, Ohio, won 6-4, 6-7, 6-4, to improve to 12-4 on the season, winning his last three matches.

Ohio State will now prepare for another Top 20 battle as the team takes on No. 17 Texas A&M at noon Sunday at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Live stats and updates will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

No. 3 Ohio State, 5 No. 13 Louisville 2
The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
March 3, 2010, at 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Tennis Match Results

Singles competition
1. No. 23 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 34 Austen Childs (LOU) – 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4
2. No. 30 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. No. 54 Simon Childs (LOU) – 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
3. Viktor Maksimcuk (LOU) def. No. 47 Dino Marcan (OSU) – 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
4. No. 91 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Andrew Carter (LOU) – 6-1, 6-3
5. Alejandro Calligari (LOU) def. Balazs Novak (OSU) – 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
6. Matt Allare (OSU) def. No. 122 Chidi Gabriel (LOU) – 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Simon Childs/Alejandro Calligari (LOU) def. Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) – 8-6
2. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Austen Childs/Chidi Gabriel (LOU) – 8-5
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Viktor Maksimcuk/Sumit-Prakash Gupta (LOU) – 8-4

*Rankings based on latest Campbell/ITA Men’s Division I College Tennis Rankings announced March 2

Match Notes:
Louisville 11-3; National Ranking #13
Ohio State 11-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,2,5,3,1)
Official: Vince Solomon  T- 3:47