COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 17 Texas A&M, 4-3, Sunday at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The Buckeyes have now won 99-consecutive home matches, which dates back to 2003. The team improves to 10-0 at home for the 2009-10 campaign.
With the win against the Aggies, Ohio State (12-1; 0-0 Big Ten) evens the all-time series to 2-2 vs. Texas A&M. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 8-4 all-time vs. teams from the Big 12 Conference. The Scarlet and Gray is 6-1 vs. nationally-ranked teams this season.
“It’s always tough to play against good teams like Texas A&M,” Tucker said. “We’ve played nine-consecutive matches against Top 25 opponents and our guys are a little bit tired. We had a desire to win today and our guys have been working hard during the week to be successful.”
Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge claimed the win for the Buckeyes at No. 3 singles after defeating Alexis Klegou in three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. In the third set, Kronauge, ranked 30th in the nation, broke Klegou en route to his 126th career singles victory, which ties him for fourth on the all-time career wins list with former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86). The native of Dayton, Ohio, improves to 15-3 overall this season.
In doubles, the Buckeyes won the first point of the day, winning each of the three matches. Juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa defeated Alberto Bautista and Alexey Grigorov, 8-5, at No. 2 to improve to 10-5 overall on the season. At No. 3, Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak played for the second-consecutive time together. The Buckeye pair downed Marcus Lunt and Klegou after breaking the Aggies during the 10th and 12th games to win, 8-4.
Highlighting opening competition was sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan at the top of the doubles lineup. Buchanan and Marcan pulled the upset against the ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, winning in a tiebreaker 8-7 (7-5) over Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo. The Buckeye duo is now 2-1 at No. 1.
In singles, the Aggies evened the score at 1-1 after Grigorov defeated No. 91 Uzawa in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4. Uzawa falls to 13-10 overall. At No. 6, the Buckeyes regained the lead when Novak cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Colin Hoover. Novak, a native of Budapest, Hungary, is now 17-5 overall, which is a team-best this year.
Buchanan, ranked 23rd in the nation, faced No. 16 Krajicek, who was undefeated in dual play entering competition Sunday. The native of New Albany, Ohio, won 6-3, 7-6 against the two-time All-American after claiming a tiebreaker win in the second set. He improves to 13-4 overall with a 9-1 record at No. 1 singles.
At No. 5, Allare lost in a third set tiebreaker 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) to Bautista. He falls to 9-4 overall, losing just his second dual match of the year. At No. 2, No. 47 Marcan lost 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 against No. 33 Dadamo after winning the first set. Marcan is now 12-3 overall in his first season as a Buckeye.
Ohio State begins Big Ten play against Purdue at home March 12 at 6 p.m. at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Live stats and updates will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
No. 3 Ohio State 4, No. 17 Texas A&M 3
The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
March 7, 2010, at Noon
Tennis Match Results
1. No. 23 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 16 Austin Krajicek (A&M) – 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
2. No. 33 Jeff Dadamo (A&M) def. No. 47 Dino Marcan (OSU) – 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
3. No. 30 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Alexis Klegou (A&M) – 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Alexey Grigorov (A&M) def. No. 91 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) – 6-1, 6-3
5. Alberto Bautista (A&M) def. Matt Allare (OSU) – 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Colin Hoover (A&M) – 6-1, 6-1
1. Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. No. 9 Austin Krajicek/Jeff Dadamo (A&M) – 8-7 (7-5)
2. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Alberto Bautista/Alexey Grigorov (A&M) – 8-5
3. Balazs Novak/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Marcus Lunt/Alexis Klegou (A&M) – 8-4
*Rankings based on latest Campbell/ITA Men’s Division I College Tennis Rankings announced March 2
Texas A&M 7-4; National Ranking #17
Ohio State 12-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,1,5,3,2)
Official: Vince Solomon T- 3:31, A-228