COLUMBUS, Ohio – After taking down two SEC opponents on the road earlier this week, the third-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team will host its third home doubleheader this weekend, facing No. 62 Penn State at noon and Cleveland State at 6 p.m. Sunday. The match vs. the Nittany Lions is scheduled to be played at the Stickney Tennis Center, while the evening match will take place at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Please log on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for any information on changes in venue, as well as live updates. As always, admission is free.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING
Ohio State (16-1; 1-0 Big Ten) has won eight-consecutive matches with wins against No. 6 Georgia (4-2), No. 9 Kentucky (5-2), Wright State (7-0), No. 13 Louisville (5-2), No. 17 Texas A&M (4-3), No. 41 LSU (4-2), No. 60 Purdue (7-0) and Detroit Mercy (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.
QUICK LOOK BACK
The Buckeyes picked up their first two road wins of the season earlier this week against a pair of SEC opponents in the Top 50. The team traveled to Baton Rouge, La., March 23 to compete against No. 41 LSU. Despite winning the doubles point for the 13th time this season, the Buckeyes were down, 2-1, with four singles matches remaining.
However, Ohio State rallied to win three consecutive singles matches. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge claimed a 6-4, 6-1, win over No. 46 Neal Skupski at No. 2 to seal the win for the Buckeyes.
Earlier in the match, Kronauge, paired with Balazs Novak to win, 8-3, against Stefan Szacinski and David Roberts to claim the doubles point. The 43rd-ranked pair of Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan downed Mark Bowtell and Roger Anderson, 8-3, at No. 2.
Novak began the singles rally for the Scarlet and Gray after defeating Julien Gauthier 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 to improve to 19-5 overall. Junior Matt Allare gave the Buckeyes a 3-2 advantage when he beat James Tubervill 6-1, 6-1 at the sixth position.
Ohio State improved to 6-1 against LSU all-time and 48-2 as the third ranked-team in the nation.
The Buckeyes continued its road schedule in Athens, Ga., in a Top 10 battle against No. 7 Georgia. Because of inclement weather, the match was forced to the Bulldogs’ indoor facility, but the Buckeyes still garnered the 4-2 win to improve to 7-1 against nationally ranked teams. It was just the second win all-time for Ohio State against the Bulldogs, who will serve as hosts of the 2010 NCAA Championships this May.
The match began with a crucial doubles point. After Allare and Shuhei Uzawa dropped an 8-4 decision at the No. 1 position to No. 39 Nate Schnugg and Jamie Hunt, the Buckeyes rallied to take an early 1-0 lead. Buchanan and Marcan paired for just the sixth time this season, but the 43rd-ranked duo remained in sync as they defeated Drake Bernstein and Javier Garrapiz, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles. With court No. 3 deciding the dramatic doubles point, Kronauge and Novak won, 9-8, in a 7-4 tiebreaker against Bo Seal and Christian Vitulli to conclude the first portion of the match.
In singles, Buchanan, who played at No. 2, gave the Buckeyes a 2-0 advantage. Buchanan, No. 17 in the nation, downed 18th-ranked Garrapiz, 6-3, 6-1. He is 15-4 overall this season, winning his last six matches.
Kronauge took sole possession of third on the program’s career singles wins list with 130 after his 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 96 Schnugg at No. 1 to give Ohio State a 3-0 lead. The 26th ranked player in the nation, this was the first time this season Kronauge played at the top of the lineup. He is 16-1 overall in 2010, including a 13-1 mark at No. 2 singles.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to 3-2 after winning matches at Nos. 4 and 5 singles. With the slim lead, Allare clinched the match after he beat Seal 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6. He has been dominant at No. 6 singles posting a 7-1 record at the position and is now 13-4 overall.
The Buckeyes are 4-0 against SEC opponents this season. Ohio State has won 42 consecutive regular-season away dual matches beginning with a Feb. 26, 2006 win (4-2) at No. 21 VCU.
100 AND COUNTING
Ohio State extended its home win streak to 101 consecutive matches after sweeping Detroit Mercy, 7-0, at Stickney Tennis Center March 18. It has been more than 2,500 days since the Buckeyes lost a home match, dropping a 5-2 decision 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 12-0 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 54 consecutive matches in league play and is now 105-5 in its last 110 league matches, including postseason play. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten opponent in an away dual match since the 2004-05 campaign, a 5-2 loss at Northwestern.
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 23.
3 Ohio State
62 Penn State
Sophomore Devin McCarthy played in his second consecutive match against Detroit Mercy March 18. Playing at No. 6 singles, McCarthy posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Purdue’s Matt Mannasse March 12 and then handed Titan Christopher Cheung a 6-3, 6-2 loss.
After posting back-to-back wins in singles play against Purdue (March 12) and Detroit Mercy (March 18), sophomore Devin McCarthy is 6-0 in dual action this season. Also seeing time at No. 5 singles, all of McCarthy’s wins have been straight-set victories.
Ohio State won the doubles point against LSU (March 23) and Georgia (March 25) for the 13th and 14th time 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. 3 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released March 23. 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 49-2 when ranked third in the nation. The Buckeyes have been polled in the ITA Top 10 for 105 consecutive matches. That streak began March 7, 2006.
BUCKEYES RANKED IN THE POLLS
Four Buckeyes are in the Top 125 of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released March 16. In singles, sophomore Chase Buchanan is No. 17. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge is No. 26, while freshman Dino Marcan is No. 74. Junior Shuhei Uzawa is polled at No. 117.
Buchanan is 15-4 overall this season with a 10-1 mark at No. 1 singles. Kronauge is 19-3 overall with a 7-3 record against nationally-ranked opponents. Marcan is 14-4 overall, including a 3-1 mark against nationally-ranked opponents. He is 10-4 in dual play. Uzawa is 15-12 overall.
In doubles, Buchanan and Marcan are No. 43. The Buckeye duo is 5-1 this year. The pair has won four-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).
Led by 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have won a school-record 100 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.
THE PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State, ranked 62nd in the polls, is 12-3 overall this year. Last time out, the Nittany Lions downed Middle Tennessee State, 4-1, March 20. Penn State began the year winning 11 of 12 matches. In Big Ten play, the Nittany Lions defeated Purdue, 6-1, at University Park, Pa., March 7. Penn State has lost to Harvard (4-1) March 19 and Georgia Tech (4-2) Jan. 30.
OHIO STATE VS. THE NITTANY LIONS
The Buckeyes are 17-5 all-time vs. Penn State. Last time out, Ohio State downed the Nittany Lions, 7-0, March 5 in University Park, Pa. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 11-0 against Penn State. The team has not suffered a loss vs. the Nittany Lions since the 1998-99 campaign.
THE CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS
The Cleveland State Vikings are 9-5 overall this season. Last time out, the Vikings dropped a 6-1 match to Embry-Riddle March 17 to conclude a spring break trip in Florida. During the trip, the team dropped three of four matches with the lone win coming against Florida Atlantic (4-3) March 14. Cleveland State began the year winning seven of eight matches.
OHIO STATE VS. CLEVELAND STATE
The Buckeyes are 5-0 all-time vs. the Vikings. Last time out, Ohio State downed Cleveland State, 7-0, March 10, 2009, at the Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 4-0 all-time vs. the Vikings and are 21-0 all-time vs. Horizon League opponents.
OSU’S RECORD IN 2009-10 WHEN…
Playing ranked teams: 7-1
Leading after doubles point: 14-0
Trailing after doubles point: 2-1
Playing at home: 12-0
Playing on the road: 2-0
Playing at neutral site: 2-1
Winning at No. 1 singles: 14-0
Losing at No. 1 singles: 1-0
Winning at No. 2 singles: 15-1
Losing at No. 2 singles: 1-1
Winning at No. 3 singles: 12-1
Losing at No. 3 singles: 3-0
Winning at No. 4 singles: 12-0
Losing at No. 4 singles: 4-1
Winning at No. 5 singles: 10-0
Losing at No. 5 singles: 6-1
Winning at No. 6 singles: 14-1
Losing at No. 6 singles: 0-1
Winning at No. 1 doubles: 9-0
Losing at No. 1 doubles: 5-1
Winning at No. 2 doubles: 14-0
Losing at No. 2 doubles: 2-1
Winning at No. 3 doubles: 14-1
Losing at No. 3 doubles: 1-1
Playing indoors: 14-1
Playing outdoors: 2-0
Chase Buchanan winning singles: 11-0
Justin Kronauge winning singles: 16-0
Dino Marcan winning singles: 10-0
Balazs Novak winning singles: 13-0
Shuhei Uzawa winning singles: 8-1
Matt Allare winning singles: 10-0
Dino Marcan/Balazs Novak winning doubles: 10-0
Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa winning doubles: 7-1
Chase Buchanan/Justin Kronauge winning doubles: 7-0
SUCCESS IN DUALS
In singles, the Buckeyes are a combined 78-19 (.804) in dual play. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge paces the squad with 16 victories. In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 38-11 (.776). 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 and junior Balazs Novak lead the Buckeyes in wins this season with 19 singles victories each and Novak tops the team in doubles with 19 wins.
Kronauge is 19-3 overall, winning his last eight matches. He is 10-4 in dual play with a 13-1 mark at No. 2 singles. Novak is 19-6 overall. In 70 career dual matches, the native of Budapest, Hungary, has only suffered six losses.
Novak is 19-3 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 11 matches at No. 1, the native of New Albany, Ohio, has a 10-1 record. During the stretch, Buchanan has been victorious over six 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.
Buchanan began the 2010 spring season polled No. 103 in the ITA standings and has climbed 86 spots in the polls to 17th in the nation in the latest rankings announced March 16.
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 32-14 and 17-9 in dual play.
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 130 career victories, which is third on the all-time career wins list. Kronauge passed Bryan Koniecko for third on the list after downing No. 96 Nate Schnugg of Georgia 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
In doubles, Kronauge became the sixth Buckeye in program history to hit the 100-win mark. He currently has 109 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 239 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 (19-3 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 (15-4 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 (15-12 overall)
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 7-6, 6-3
No. 78 Mihai Nichifor (Columbia) – 6-1, 6-2
Dino Marcan (14-4 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 (19-6 overall)
No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
Matt Allare (13-4 overall)
No. 122 Chidi Gabriel (Louisville) – 6-4, 6-3
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 in 2007. In singles, the trio has a combined overall record of 211-63 (.770) in less than three complete seasons. In singles, Allare, Novak and Uzawa are a combined 42-4 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 seventh time this season, a Buckeye was named Big Ten Player of the Week the conference announced March 16. Sophomore Chase Buchanan won his fourth-career weekly honor after his performance against No. 60 Purdue March 12. He has won the award three previous times this year (Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 9). 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 as well.
NOTING THE TY TUCKER ERA (as of March 26)
Ty Tucker Accomplishments…
Ohio State Accomplishments Under Tucker…
Ohio State will hit the road to take on two Big Ten opponents. The Buckeyes will face Iowa at 2 p.m. ET April 2 in Iowa City, followed by a match in Minneapolis vs. Minnesota at 1 p.m. April 4.