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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After making history with its 100th-consecutive home victory last week, the No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team will finish a four-match home swing against Detroit Mercy at 5 p.m. Thursday. The match is scheduled to take place at the Stickney Tennis Center. Live updates will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. As always, admission is free.

The Buckeyes (13-1; 1-0 Big Ten) have won five-consecutive matches with wins against No. 9 Kentucky (5-2), Wright State (7-0), No. 13 Louisville (5-2), No. 17 Texas A&M (4-3) and No. 60 Purdue (7-0) since dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 1 Virginia Feb. 14. Ohio State owns a perfect 11-0 record at home this season with five victories over Top 25 opponents. 

100 AND COUNTING
Ohio State extended its home win streak to 100 consecutive matches after sweeping No. 60 Purdue, 7-0, at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center March 12. 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 the Buckeyes won all their home matches. The streak began in 2003, starting with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6. This season, Ohio State is 11-0 at home.

BUCKEYES RECEIVE HIGH RANKING
Ohio State is No. 4 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released Tuesday. 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 3-0 all-time when ranked No. 4. The Buckeyes have been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 102 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 Tuesday. 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 14-4 overall this season with a 10-1 mark at No. 1 singles. Kronauge is 16-3 overall with a 6-3 record against nationally-ranked opponents. Marcan is 13-3 overall, including a 3-1 mark against nationally-ranked opponents. He is 9-3 in dual play. Uzawa is 14-10 overall.

In doubles, Buchanan and Marcan are No. 43. The Buckeye duo is 3-1 this year.  

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).

REGULAR-SEASON DOMINANCE
Led by 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have won a school-record 97 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 DETROIT MERCY TITANS
Detroit Mercy, from the Horizon League Conference, is 5-5 overall on the season. Last time out, the Titans downed IUPUI, 6-1, March 6 in their fourth win in their last five matches. Senior Pjtors Necajevs leads the team with a 21-3 record in singles and a 9-1 mark at No. 1. Freshmen Chris Cheung and Alex Latosinsky are second on the squad with 10 wins each.

Last season, Detroit Mercy finished with a 5-13 overall record. The team lost to the UIC Flames, 4-0, in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament Championship.

OHIO STATE VS. DETROIT MERCY
The match Thursday is the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Titans. Ohio State is 20-10 vs. opponents from the Horizon League Conference. The Buckeyes last defeated an opponent from the Horizon League Feb. 21, 2010 in a 7-0 win over Wright State. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 20-0 against Horizon League opponents.

OSU’S RECORD IN 2009-10 WHEN…

Playing ranked teams……………………………………6-1
Leading after doubles point……………………………
11-0
Trailing after doubles point…………………………….2-1
Playing at home………………………………………….11-0
Playing on the road………………………………………..0-0
Playing at neutral site……………………………………..2-1
Winning at No. 1 singles………………………………….12-0
Losing at No. 1 singles…………………………………….1-0
Winning at No. 2 singles…………………………………..12-1
Losing at No. 2 singles…………………………………….
1-1
Winning at No. 3 singles…………………………………..
11-1
Losing at No. 3 singles……………………………………..
2-0
Winning at No. 4 singles…………………………………..
11-0
Losing at No. 4 singles……………………………………..
2-1
Winning at No. 5 singles……………………………………
8-0
Losing at No. 5 singles……………………………………..
5-1
Winning at No. 6 singles…………………………………..
11-1
Losing at No. 6 singles………………………………………0-1
Winning at No. 1 doubles……………………………………9-0
Losing at No. 1 doubles……………………………………..4-1
Winning at No. 2 doubles…………………………………..11-0
Losing at No. 2 doubles……………………………………..2-1
Winning at No. 3 doubles……………………………………11-1
Losing at No. 3 doubles………………………………………1-1
Playing indoors………………………………………………..13-1
Playing outdoors……………………………………………….0-0
Chase Buchanan winning singles…………………………..10-0
Justin Kronauge winning singles…………………………..13-0
Dino Marcan winning singles………………………………..9-0
Balazs Novak winning singles………………………………11-0
Shuhei Uzawa winning singles………………………………7-1
Matt Allare winning singles…………………………………..7-0
Dino Marcan/Balazs Novak winning doubles……………..9-0
Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa winning doubles……………….7-1
Chase Buchanan/Justin Kronauge winning doubles……7-0

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 in league play including, Balazs Novak (10-0), Matt Allare (9-0) and Shuhei Uzawa (5-0). Justin Kronauge was 8-1, while Chase Buchanan claimed a 6-1 record.

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, dropping a 5-2 decision at Northwestern.

SUCCESS IN DUALS
In singles, the Buckeyes are a combined 66-15 (.815). Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge paces the squad with 13 victories. In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 32-10 (.762).Two Buckeye pairs lead the team with eight wins. Junior Balazs Novak and freshman Dino Marcan are 8-2 mark, while juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa are 8-3.

Last season, Ohio State finished with a combined dual-record of 173-23 (.883) in singles and was 81-22 (.786) in doubles.

NOVAK LEADS BUCKEYES
In singles, junior Balazs Novak leads the Buckeyes in wins this season with 17 singles victories and tops the team in doubles with 16 wins.

Novak is 17-5 overall, winning eight of his last 10 matches. In 67 career dual matches, the native of Budapest, Hungary, has only suffered five losses.

Novak is 16-3 overall in doubles. Partnering with freshman Dino Marcan, the Buckeye duo is 11-2, including an 8-2 mark in dual action.

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 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 23rd in the nation in the latest rankings announced Tuesday.

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 127 singles wins and 106 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 one singles match and one doubles match against Purdue March 12 to continue his rise in the program’s record books for career singles and doubles victories. In singles, the Dayton, Ohio, native has 127 career victories, which is fourth on the all-time career wins list. Kronauge is two wins shy of tying former four-time All-American Bryan Koniecko for third on the all-time wins list with 129 career victories.

In doubles, Kronauge became the sixth Buckeye in program history to hit the 100-win mark. He currently has 106 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 233 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 (16-3 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

Chase Buchanan (14-4 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. 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 (14-10 overall)
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 7-6, 6-3
No. 78 Mihai Nichifor (Columbia) – 6-1, 6-2

Dino Marcan (13-3 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 (17-5 overall)
No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Matt Allare (10-4 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 during the 2007 campaign. In singles, the trio has a combined overall record of 205-60 (.774) in less than three complete seasons at Ohio State. In singles, Allare, Novak and Uzawa are a combined 42-4 in Big Ten play.

In doubles last season, the three Buckeyes each won at least 25 matches in both singles and doubles as sophomores.

BIG TEN RANKINGS
Nine of the 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings announced Tuesday.

RANK  SCHOOL
   4  Ohio State
  11  Illinois
  27  Michigan
  37  Northwestern
  34  Wisconsin
  44  Penn State
  47  Indiana
  51  Minnesota
  53  Iowa

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 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.

NOTING THE TY TUCKER ERA (as of March 17)
Ty Tucker Accomplishments

  • Named 2009 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year; the first in program history
  • has 34 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and a two-time Academic All-American (Vincent Ng in 2002 and ’03)
  • has 23 All-Big Ten selections
  • has coached three Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athletes of the Year (Ng, 2003, Bryan Koniecko 2008 and ’09), three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year (Joey Atas, 2004, Koniecko 2006 and Justin Kronauge, 2007) and owns five Big Ten Coaches of the Year  honors(2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
  • had the No. 1 ranked singles player — Jeremy Wurtzman in 2004, Steven Moneke in 2007, Koniecko 2009
  • has won 268 matches against 50 defeats (.843)
  • has an average record of 26-5 per season (2000-present)
  • has the best single regular-season win percentage (2009) in school history (.947/36-2)
  • has had two players set school career singles wins record (132, Ng from 2000-03; 146 Moneke from 2006-2009)
  • has had three players set the program’s career doubles wins record (Koniecko with 125 from 2006-2009; Ross Wilson with 118 from 2003-06; Scott Green with 117 from 2003-06)
  • has had two players set the school record for career combined singles and doubles wins (254, Koniecko from 2006-2009; 209, Ross Wilson from 2003-06)

 Ohio State Accomplishments Under Tucker…

  • Advanced to the program’s first NCAA Championships Final (2009)
  • finished 2009 ranked No. 2 nationally as a team with a 36-2 record (10-0 in the Big Ten)
  • has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 102-consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
  • attained program’s best ranking (No. 1) Jan. 6 – Feb. 19, 2008
  • has won 100 consecutive home matches (April 6, 2003 to present)
  • has won 32 consecutive Big Ten home matches
  • has won 54 consecutive Big Ten dual matches dating back to 2005
  • has won 97 consecutive dual matches (non-tournament) from Feb. 26, 2006 – present
  • earned 10 regular-season Big Ten Conference dual match victories for first time in program history, four times (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
  • has won 40 consecutive regular-season away dual matches beginning with Feb. 26, 2006 win (4-2) at No. 21 VCU to its April 12, 2009 win (6-1) at No. 16 Illinois
  • had the No. 3 ranked doubles team (32-5 overall in 2006 and 3 national indoor titles from 2004-06)
  • has 10 consecutive 20-win seasons (a school record) with Tucker as the head coach
  • has 15 20-win seasons all-time, more than half with Tucker as head coach
  • has been to 10-consecutive NCAA team tournaments, second in the Big Ten only to Illinois’ 14
  • won the 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Tournaments
  • won outright 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Championships
  • has led Ohio State to the best four-year combined Big Ten record in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (40-0)
  • has led Ohio State to the best four-year combined regular season record in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (129-8)


UP NEXT

Ohio State will face two SEC opponents on the road next week. The Buckeyes will take on No. 55 LSU at 2 p.m. March 23 before traveling to Athens, Ga., to battle sixth-ranked Georgia at 4 p.m. March 25.