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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team improved to 6-0 overall this season after downing No. 22 North Carolina, 6-1, Sunday at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Sophomore Chase Buchanan won the match at No. 1 singles, capturing a 6-3, 6-4 victory against No. 36 Clay Donato. Buchanan stays perfect at the top of the lineup with a 5-0 record.

Ohio State (6-0; 0-0 Big Ten) has now won a school-record 95 consecutive matches at home, dating back to the 2003 season. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the team is 5-0 against the Tar Heels and 21-3 against squads from the ACC.

“We had great doubles at Nos. 2 and 3 today,” Tucker said. “We got off to a good start and North Carolina was very solid at No. 1 doubles. We are a very young team. We have two 18-year-olds starting in two of our Top 3 singles positions, but I was impressed with what I saw today out of our guys.”                                                                                                         

With the win, Ohio State improves to 43-2 (.955) when ranked third in the nation.

In doubles, Ohio State rallied from behind to win the last two matches to capture the first point. At No. 1, senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and Buchanan lost their first dual match of the year to Stefan Hardy and Donato, 8-2.

The Buckeyes then began its comeback after juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa downed Brennan Boyajian and Jose Hernandez, 8-6, at No. 3. The Buckeye duo served to win the match to claim its sixth victory of the 2010 campaign.

The doubles point would then come down to court No. 2. Junior Balazs Novak and Dino Marcan claimed the point, winning 8-4 against Andrew Crone and Ryan Noble. The Buckeyes broke serve during the ninth game to take a 6-3 advantage and never looked back to mark a perfect 8-0 record when playing together.

In singles, Allare gave Ohio State a 2-0 advantage over the Tar Heels after defeating Crone in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. He improves to 3-0 at No. 6 this season. At No. 2, Kronauge downed Hernandez 7-5, 6-3, to mark his 120th win in his career. The 2008 ITA All-American is 9-2 overall with an undefeated 6-0 record at No. 2.

At No. 4, Marcan won his first match of his Buckeye career against a ranked opponent. The native of Rijeka, Croatia, topped No. 99 Boyajian in straight sets 6-1, 7-5. He has now won eight-consecutive matches since the beginning of the year.

Novak tied sophomore Steven Williams for the most singles wins on the team with 12 victories with his win this afternoon. He took down Hardy at No. 4 in a super third set-tiebreaker 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9) after dropping his first set. Novak improves to 12-3 overall with a 10-match winning streak.

No. 34 Uzawa finished out play for the Buckeyes at No. 5. Noble won 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 against Uzawa, who is now 10-6 this season.

Ohio State will now prepare for the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 12-15 at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. The team will battle No.14-seed Louisville in the first round at 9 a.m. Friday.

No. 3 Ohio State 6, No. 22 North Carolina 1
The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
Feb. 7, 2010, Noon
Columbus, Ohio

Tennis Match Final Results

Singles
1. No. 103 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 36 Clay Donato (UNC) – 6-3, 6-4
2. Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Jose Hernandez (UNC) – 7-5, 6-3
3. Dino Marcan (OSU) def. No. 99 Brennan Boyajian (UNC) – 6-1, 7-5
4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Stefan Hardy (UNC) – 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
5. No. 92 Ryan Noble (OSU) def. No. 34 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) – 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
6. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Andrew Crone (UNC) – 6-1, 6-4

Doubles
1. Stefan Hardy/Clay Donato (UNC) def. Chase Buchanan/Justin Kronauge (OSU) – 8-2
2. Dino Marcan/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Andrew Crone/Ryan Noble (UNC) – 8-4
3. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Brennan Boyajian/Jose Hernandez (UNC) – 8-6

Match Notes:
North Carolina 5-2; National ranking #22
Ohio State 6-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,1,3,4,5)
Official: Vince Solomon  T- 3:15