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2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Team Championship
May 21-25
Dan Magill Tennis Complex
Athens, Ga.
Hosted by University of Georgia

Round of 16
No. 4 Ohio State (34-1) vs. Wisconsin (21-8)
9 a.m. ET Friday

 
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After hosting the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Team Championship, the No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team will meet Wisconsin in the Round of 16 at 9 a.m. ET Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The University of Georgia will serve as hosts the remainder of the tournament.

It is the seventh time in program history the Buckeyes will compete in the Round of 16 at the NCAA championships (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009). Ohio State (34-1; 13-0 Big Ten), the No. 4 seed in the tournament, improved its win streak to 26 consecutive matches this season after advancing to the field of 16 for the fifth straight year. The winner between the Buckeyes and Badgers will take on the winner of the No. 5 USC-No. 12 Kentucky match in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

Live updates and bracket information will be available at www.georgiadogs.com. A look at the 64-team field, along with the singles and doubles brackets of the 2010 NCAA Championships are available at (www.ncaa.com and www.NCAA.org).

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HOW THEY GOT TO GEORGIA
Ohio State made its way to Georgia after defeating Western Michigan, 4-0, and Michigan, 4-1, as hosts of the first and second rounds last weekend at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus. The winners of each of the 16 regional sites sealed their spots in the Round of 16 in Georgia where the remainder of the tournament will be contested.

Against Western Michigan, the Buckeyes improved to a perfect 6-0 all-time record vs. the Broncos. Sophomore Devin McCarthy received the starting nod in an NCAA lineup for the first time in his career at No. 6 singles and defeated Brad Noel in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 to wrap up the Buckeye victory. McCarthy, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, now owns a 13-0 dual-match record with a nine-match win streak.

Against Michigan, Ohio State defeated the Maize and Blue for the second time in 2010 (6-1 – April 11), 4-1, May 16. Competing under overcast skies, the Buckeyes jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point thanks to wins at Nos. 3 and 2, respectively. Juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa clinched the point with an 8-6 victory over George Navas and Mike Sroczynski at No. 2. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge became the program’s career doubles wins leader with 126 victories at No. 3. Partnered with junior Balazs Novak, the duo defeated Chris Madden and Chris Cha, 8-4, to remain perfect on the season with a 20-0 record. 

Freshman Dino Marcan helped punch the Buckeyes’ ticket to Athens after a comeback 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-2 win over Sroczynski at No. 3 singles. He is now 22-9 overall.

REGIONAL HONORS
On the eve of the Buckeyes’ first match of the 2010 NCAA Championships at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio, Justin Kronauge and Chase Buchanan and coaches Ty Tucker and David Schilling earned Midwest Regional honors the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced May 14. Kronauge was named the Midwest Region Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year and Buchanan earned ITA Player to Watch laurels. Tucker received Coach of the Year honors and Schilling was named Assistant Coach of the Year.

THE 2010 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State is the No.  4 seed in the 2010 NCAA Team Championship. No. 1 Virginia (35-1) leads the field followed by Tennessee (26-1) and Texas (25-2).

First and second-round competition was conducted May 14-16 with the winner at each site advancing to the Round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The University of Georgia will host the team championship, which runs May 21-25.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Subcommittee also selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships. The singles and doubles competition will be held May 26-31 in Athens following the conclusion of the team championship.

REMAINING IN THE TOURNAMENT
Fourteen of the Top 16 seeds remain in the championship hunt. The Big 12 and SEC conferences lead the field with four teams from each league followed by the Pac-10 with three squads, the Big Ten and ACC have two representatives and one team represents the Big East.

THE  16-TEAM FIELD
SEED      TEAM

1              Virginia (37-1)
2              Tennessee (28-1)
3              Texas (27-2)
4              Ohio State (34-1)
5              USC (21-3)
6              Florida (21-4)
7              Baylor (23-6)
8              Stanford (20-5)
9              UCLA (16-6)
10           Texas A&M (25-6)
11           Georgia (19-7)
12           Kentucky (25-8)
15           Louisville (24-5)
16           Duke (20-8)
  –            Wisconsin (21-7)
  –            Oklahoma (18-7)             

OHIO STATE VS. THE FIELD OF 16
Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are a combined 50-17 vs. teams still in NCAA championship contention. This year, Ohio State has already faced seven of the 16 squads in the bracket, going a combined 8-1 this season. The Buckeyes have wins over Wisconsin (4-3, 4-0), Kentucky (5-2), Georgia (4-2), Florida (4-3), Texas A&M (4-3), and Louisville (4-2, 5-2) in 2010.

OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
In NCAA action, under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have compiled a 24-10 record, advancing as far as the final in 2009 after reaching the quarterfinals in 2004, ’06, ’07 and ’08. Tucker has coached 12 singles and seven doubles NCAA championships participants. Last time out in 2009, the Buckeyes advanced to the final for the first time in program history before falling to USC, 4-1, in College Station, Texas.  Under the helm of Tucker, Ohio State has been to 11-consecutive NCAA tournaments.

BUCKEYES IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Three Buckeyes were selected to the singles and doubles competition of the 2010 NCAA Championships May 26-31 in Athens, Ga. The University of Georgia will serve as hosts of the championships. Individual competition will begin following the conclusion of the team championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

In singles, sophomore Chase Buchanan, the 2010 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, received one of 16 automatic qualifications as the No. 7 seed, while senior co-captain Justin Kronauge received an at-large bid for the second consecutive season.

In doubles, Ohio State has one pair among the field of 32. Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan received the Big Ten’s automatic qualification.

Buchanan, Kronauge and Marcan earned All-Big Ten selections this year after helping the Buckeyes to a perfect 10-0 mark in regular-season league play and a 29-1 overall record in the regular season.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
After Illinois dominated the league the previous nine years, the Buckeyes were able to climb their way to the top of the Big Ten regular season and tournament standings in 2006 and have remained there since; winning the last five conference tournament titles.

Under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have won six of the program’s seven Big Ten tournament titles since he took charge in 1999. The Buckeyes have claimed seven Big Ten tournament titles since tennis officially became a varsity sport at Ohio State in 1912. The Buckeyes won their first Big Ten tournament in 1991 – Tucker’s (1989-1991) junior year at Ohio State. 

This season, the Buckeyes defeated Illinois, 4-1, in the final in Bloomington, Ind. For the second straight year, junior Balazs Novak clinched match point for Ohio State. He defeated Johnny Hamui 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.

Under Tucker, the Buckeyes have won seven-consecutive matches against the Illini, winning 11 of the last 12 meetings. Ohio State’s five-consecutive tournament titles have all been won against Illinois.

REGULAR-SEASON DOMINANCE
Ohio State won its fifth-consecutive outright Big Ten regular-season title after defeating No. 27 Wisconsin, 4-3, April 25 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record in league action for the fifth-consecutive year to earn its seventh regular-season crown in program history.

During the regular season, Ohio State was 54-6 in singles and 26-4 in doubles matches in league play. Three Buckeyes were perfect in the conference in singles in senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (10-0), sophomore Chase Buchanan (10-0) and junior Balazs Novak (9-0). Junior Matt Allare went 8-1 in the Big Ten, while sophomore Devin McCarthy owned a 5-0 record.

In doubles, two Buckeye duos had impressive Big Ten records. Kronauge and Novak finished with a perfect 9-0 record, while Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan was 9-1.

Led by 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have won a school-record 113 consecutive regular-season (non-tournament) matches dating back to 2006. The last loss was Feb. 26, 2006, at Notre Dame (5-2).

WE’RE GOING STREAKING
Ohio State has won 26 consecutive matches since dropping a 4-1 decision at No. 1 Virginia Feb. 14. Ohio State has 13 victories against Top 25 opponents. On its way to its fifth-consecutive regular-season conference title, Ohio State claimed sole possession of first place in the conference with a perfect 8-0 record after defeating then-No. 17 Illinois, 6-1, April 18 in Columbus for the sixth-consecutive time.

KRONAUGE REWRITES OHIO STATE RECORDS BOOK
Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge became the program’s combined wins leader April 11 vs. Michigan in Columbus. Kronauge passed former Buckeye Bryan Koniecko (254) for first on the combined wins list after defeating No. 97 Evan King 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles in the Buckeyes’ 6-1 win over the Wolverines at Stickney Tennis Center.

Currently with 271 career victories, Kronauge, a native of Dayton, Ohio, secured doubles victories in wins over Western Michigan May 15 and Michigan May 16 at the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Team Championship first and second rounds in Columbus to continue his rise on the combined and doubles wins lists.

In doubles, Kronauge became the program’s all-time doubles wins leader (126) in the 4-1 victory against the Wolverines at Stickney Tennis Center. He passed Koniecko (125) after defeating Chris Madden and Chris Cha, 8-4, at No. 3 with Balazs Novak. Kronauge became the sixth Buckeye in program history to hit the 100-win mark. He also is just the third Buckeye in Ohio State history to have at least 100 singles wins and 100 doubles wins. Koniecko and Steven Moneke are the other two who have accomplished the feat.

In singles, the three-time All-Big Ten honoree has 145 career victories, which is second. He is one win shy of tying Moneke for first (146).

BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR FINALIST
Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge is one of 11 Big Ten Medal of Honor finalists. The award is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athletes at each conference school and will be announced Wednesday. A two-time All-American, Kronauge will conclude his career at Ohio State as the No. 1 player in program history in combined wins with 271 and doubles wins with 126. He also has four Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, an NCAA runner-up finish and an 81-0 record at home to his credit. The 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Kronauge also is a three-time All-Big Ten honoree. Academically, Kronauge is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient and three-time Ohio State Scholar- Athlete as a finance major.    

100 AND COUNTING
Ohio State extended its home win streak to 110 consecutive matches after defeating Western Michigan, 4-0, May 15 and Michigan, 4-1, May 16  during the NCAA first and second rounds at Stickney Tennis Center. 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 21 home competitions this season, marking the seventh-consecutive year it has won all its home matches. The streak began in 2003, starting with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6. The 21 victories are the most home wins in an Ohio State single-season in program history.

BUCKEYES GARNER CONFERENCE AWARDS
Sophomore Chase Buchanan was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker earned his fifth-consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year honor April 29 in Bloomington, Ind. Joining Buchanan on the 2010 All-Big Ten Team were senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and freshman Dino Marcan. Senior co-captain Mike O’Connell received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State.
With the athlete of the year honor, Buchanan became the first sophomore in program history and just the third Buckeye overall to earn the conference’s top honor. Last season, Bryan Koniecko (2006-09) received the award for the second-consecutive season, while Vince Ng (1999-03) received the laurel in 2003. Currently ranked eighth in the nation by the ITA, Buchanan was a perfect 10-0 in singles and 9-1 in doubles play during the Big Ten regular season. A native of New, Albany, Ohio, Buchanan is 28-4 overall, including a 23-1 mark at No. 1 singles. He has posted a 17-4 record vs. nationally-ranked opponents during the 2010 spring season.

In his 11th season as head coach, Tucker captured his sixth-career Big Ten Coach of the Year honor, leading the Buckeyes to another perfect 13-0 ledger in league action. The Scarlet and Gray have won the Big Ten regular-season title five times in a row. Tucker’s squad has recorded 62-consecutive Big Ten wins, amassing 117 victories in its last 122 conference contests, including the postseason. In 11 years of work, the Zanesville, Ohio, native and former Buckeye has recorded a 124-17 record vs. Big Ten opponents. Previously, Tucker was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2001, ’06, ’07, ’08 and ’09.

Kronauge, a two-time ITA All-American, garnered his third-consecutive unanimous All-Big Ten selection. The Dayton, Ohio, native went 10-0 in league singles action for the second time in his career. In his final campaign, the 2007 Freshman of the Year took over the top spot (271) on the career combined wins list in the Ohio State record book. While holding the all-time top doubles wins figure with 126, Kronauge is second on the all-time career singles wins list with 145 victories.

Marcan, a native of Rijeka, Croatia, earned his first-career All-Big Ten selection. The first-year Buckeye posted a 7-3 mark in singles and 9-1 ledger in doubles  during the regular season. Ranked as high as 24th in the world in the combined junior ranking, Marcan is currently 22-9 overall in singles and 32-4 in doubles this year. Paired with Buchanan as the ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, the Buckeye duo is 19-2 overall with a 15-2 mark at No. 1 doubles. Last summer, Marcan paired with Marin Draganja, also a native of Croatia, to win five matches for the 2009 French Open Junior title.

O’Connell, a senior co-captain from Holland, Ohio, was Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Award honoree for men’s tennis. O’Connell has been an influential member of the Buckeye senior class, helping to guide Ohio State to five-consecutive Big Ten regular-season titles. The 2010 class continues its final NCAA tournament final with a 163-9 overall record (.948), which is the most wins by any class in Ohio State history.

BUCKEYE STREAK IN BIG TEN
Ohio State has won 65 consecutive matches in league play and has posted 117 victories in its last 122 matches, including postseason play. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten opponent since the 2004-05 campaign, a 4-2 loss vs. Illinois at the 2005 Big Ten Tournament in Champaign, Ill.

BUCKEYE STREAKS
Several Buckeyes will continue postseason play with win streaks in singles and doubles. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge leads the way for Ohio State with a team-high 23-consecutive singles wins. In doubles, Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak have claimed 20 straight victories, remaining undefeated this year.

SINGLES           

Player Win Streak
Justin Kronauge 23
Chase Buchanan 19
Balazs Novak 17
Devin McCarthy 13
Steven Willaims 9

DOUBLES

Pair Win StreakJustin Kronauge/Balazs Novak 20

DOUBLE TIME
Ohio State won the doubles point against Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the 31st time this season (May 16) and has a perfect record when winning that first point. The Buckeyes are 3-1 after losing the doubles point. Against Wisconsin April 25, the Badgers snapped Ohio State’s 19-match win streak in doubles. However, the Scarlet and Gray went on to win the match, 4-3, to close out the regular season.

BUCKEYES RECEIVE HIGH RANKING
Ohio State remains fourth in the Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings released May 3. 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. The Buckeyes have been polled in the ITA Top 10 for 123 consecutive matches. That streak began March 7, 2006.

Ohio State is 11-0 when ranked fourth in the nation. The Buckeyes have been polled fourth for the past four weeks and have been as high as second in the nation this year.

BUCKEYES RANKED IN THE POLLS
Four Buckeyes are in the Top 125 of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released May 3. In singles, sophomore Chase Buchanan climbed to No. 8. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge is now 23rd in the country, marking the highest individual ranking this spring season for the fourth-year Buckeye. Sophomore Devin McCarthy is No. 120 followed by classmate Steven Williams, who is 125th.

The Big Ten Player of the Year, Buchanan is 28-4 overall this season with a 23-1 mark at No. 1 singles. The native of New Albany, Ohio, is 17-4 against nationally ranked opponents. Kronauge is second on the team in wins with a 34-3 mark. The two-time ITA All-American has won his last 23 matches to help the Buckeyes reach a 34-1 record. Williams, a native of Manlius, N.Y., has a 15-3 record, including a 5-0 mark at No. 6 singles. McCarthy has claimed 13 consecutive victories in his second year, posting a 13-0 record in dual play.

In doubles, two Buckeye pairs are polled in the Top 80. Buchanan and Marcan have climbed to ninth in the country after winning 18 of their last 19 matches. The duo owns a 15-2 record at the top of the lineup. As an unranked pair last 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. Since the win, Buchanan and Marcan jumped into the standings March 16 at No. 43 and have climbed 34 spots since the win over the Aggies.

Kronauge and Buchanan are No. 79 with a 9-7 overall record. The duo has won five matches at No. 1 doubles this year.

THE WISCONSIN BADGERS
Wisconsin, currently ranked 27th in the country is 21-8 overall this season. The Badgers advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time in program history after upsetting No. 13 Illinois, 4-1, May 15 in Urbana, Ill. Senior Moritz Baumann clinched the win for Wisconsin with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Marek Czerwinski at No. 1 singles. In first-round action, the Badgers defeated Notre Dame, 4-2, May 14. The Badgers have won eight of their last 10 matches this season. In Big Ten play, Wisconsin finished fourth in the standings with a 7-3 record.

WISCONSIN IN THE RANKINGS
Wisconsin has two Badgers ranked in the latest ITA standings announced May 3. In singles, Moritz Baumann is No. 24, while Marek Michalicka is No. 30. The two pair up to be the 15th-ranked doubles tandem in the nation.

OHIO STATE VS. THE BADGERS
Ohio State is 38-32 all-time vs. Wisconsin.  In 2010, the Buckeyes are 2-0 vs. the Badgers with wins coming in regular-season and postseason play. In the first meeting, Ohio State won a close 4-3 match April 25 to finish out the regular season schedule in Madison, Wis. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge won back-to-back sets over Moritz Baumann (6-7, 6-3, 6-3) at No. 2 singles to clinch the Buckeyes’ fifth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title. In the Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State shut out the Badgers, 4-0, May 1 in a semifinal match in Bloomington, Ind.

Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have an undefeated 19-0 record against the Badgers.

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).

SUCCESS IN DUALS
In singles, the Buckeyes are a combined 157-29 (.844) in dual play. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge paces the squad with 31 victories. In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 82-17 (.828).  Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak are 20-0, while sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan are 19-2 this year.

NOVAK LEADS BUCKEYES
In singles, junior Balazs Novak leads the team in wins with 36 victories, while only suffering six losses. Novak has won his last 17 matches and has a 17-1 record at No. 4 singles this season. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Novak has not lost back-to-back matches all year. He has compiled two singles victories in NCAA play this season.

In doubles, Novak is 35-3 overall. Partnering with Kronauge, the Buckeye duo is a perfect 20-0 overall, claiming 18 victories at No. 3.

20 AND COUNTING
Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and Balazs Novak have excelled together this season in doubles competition. The Buckeye pair currently owns an undefeated 20-0 record, capturing 18 victories at No. 3. In conference play, Kronauge and Novak went 9-0 on the year and was the only Buckeye duo to go undefeated in conference action. Not only are the two Buckeyes winning, they are doing so in dominating fashion with 16 of their 20 victories decided by four points or more. They have claimed the doubles point in key victories over nationally-ranked teams including Texas A&M (March 7), LSU (March 23) and Georgia (March 25).

BUCHANAN AT NO. 1
Sophomore Chase Buchanan had an impressive transition to the top of the singles lineup during the 2009-10 season. Through 30 matches at No. 1, the native of New Albany, Ohio, has a 23-1 record. During the stretch, Buchanan has been victorious over 17 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. Most recently, Buchanan downed Illinois’ Dennis Nevolo, 42nd in the nation, May 2 in Bloomington, Ind., in the Buckeyes’ 4-1 tournament-title win.

Buchanan began the 2010 spring season 103rd in the ITA standings and has climbed 95 spots in the polls to eighth in the nation in the latest rankings announced May 3.

BUCHANAN ON USTA.COM
Sophomore Chase Buchanan was featured on USTA.com earlier this year. On the official web site for U.S. Tennis, Buchanan discussed the transition he made to the collegiate game, as well as his tennis influences. To read more, click HERE. 

KRONAUGE, O’CONNELL 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 three-time Big Ten honoree (2008, ’09, ’10), Kronauge, in his final season, has the most combined singles and doubles wins of any active member on the team. In three-plus seasons with Ohio State, Kronauge has claimed 145 singles wins and 126 doubles victories.

O’Connell, a native of Holland Ohio, is a doubles specialist for the Buckeyes. O’Connell has a career doubles record of 34-14.

In the match vs. Cleveland State March 28, the two classmates paired for the first time this year and swept Phil Orno and Aris Spirtos at No. 3 doubles to claim the first point. It was the first time O’Connell competed since Jan. 17. He had shoulder surgery last summer.

THE 2010 SENIOR CLASS
Senior co-captains Justin Kronauge and Mike O’Connell were honored after the Illinois match April 18 on Senior Day at Stickney Tennis Center. The 2010 senior class has won five Big Ten regular-season titles and five Big Ten tournament titles since joining the team in 2005-06.

“Mike and Justin are leaving Ohio State with the most wins in the history of the program,” said head coach Ty Tucker. “As far as the Big Ten titles, all the success has come since these two players have been here. They’ve done an unbelievable job being captains this season and have represented Ohio State to the finest quality. After losing a class last year with Schaub, Moneke and Koniecko, the same feeling can be said about Mike and Justin. You will never find such wonderful student-athletes and they will be missed.”

Kronauge and O’Connell have never lost at home in their four-plus years at Ohio State and have won more matches than any other class in program history. The 2010 senior class has a 163-9 record (.948), advanced to the NCAA tournament final along with three consecutive quarterfinals appearances and has a perfect 65-0 Big Ten record.

BREAKING DOWN THE 2010 CLASS
* Five Big Ten regular-season and five Big Ten tournament titles
* 163-9 Ohio State career record
* Has not lost more than two matches in any season
* Has not lost back-to-back matches in any season
* Part of the program’s only NCAA final appearance and three NCAA quarterfinal apperances
* Two Team Indoor Championship final appearances, one semifinal appearance
* 81-0 at home
* 51-1 on the road
* 65-0 in Big Ten competition
* 15-0 in Big Ten Tournament
* 16-4 in NCAA Tournament, most NCAA wins by a Buckeye class
* 123-1 in regular-season (non-tournament) matches
* A part of program’s only No. 1 ranking (Jan. 21, – Feb. 15, 2009)
* Has compiled 87 career shutouts
* Seven OSU Scholar Athlete Awards
* Five Academic All-Big Ten Awards
* One Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award (2007)
* Three All-Big Ten Selections
* Two All-American Honors

MARCAN IN DOUBLES
Freshman Dino Marcan has been one of the hottest doubles players in the country in 2009-10. A native of Rijeka, Croatia, Marcan has a 32-4 overall record with 29 of the victories coming from dual competition. He has posted a 16-2 mark at No. 1 and a 10-2 ledger at No. 2 in his first season at Ohio State. Last summer, Marcan paired with Marin Draganja, also a native of Croatia, to win five matches for the 2009 French Open Junior title.

BUCHANAN/MARCAN IN DOUBLES
Sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan are a big reason for the Buckeyes’ 31 doubles points this year. Winning 18 of its last 19 matches, the Buckeye duo has a 15-2 mark at the top of the lineup. Buchanan and Marcan, currently polled ninth in the nation, upset the ninth-ranked doubles tandem in Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M, 8-7 (7-5) at No. 1 March 7 in Columbus as an unranked pair. Since the win over the Aggies, the duo has captured nine victories over nationally-ranked doubles pairs.

ALLARE IN SINGLES
Junior Matt Allare, a native of Mason, Ohio, has been a clutch player for the Buckeyes this season. In 30 dual starts this year, Allare has won 22 matches from Nos. 4-6 this season. He has been victorious at No. 6 in key Buckeye wins against No. 9 Kentucky, No. 13 Louisville, No. 41 LSU and No. 7 Georgia. In the regular-season finale at Wisconsin April 25, Allare claimed a key win at No. 5 singles in the Buckeyes’ 4-3 victory over the Badgers. Allare has finished first in singles for the team in 12 victories this season.

SOPHOMORE SUPPORT
Sophomores Devin McCarthy and Steven Williams have given the Buckeyes important depth in the singles lineup this year. The two second-year Buckeyes are a combined 18-0 in dual play. McCarthy has won 13 consecutive matches, while Williams is 9-1 in his last 10 starts. They have not lost a match this spring season.

BUCKEYE SLEEPER?
Sophomore Devin McCarthy posted his first singles win in an NCAA championship May 15 in the first round against Western Michigan in Columbus. At No. 6 singles, McCarthy downed Brad Noel in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 to advance the Buckeyes in the tournament with a 4-0 shutout over the Broncos. He is 13-0 in dual competition this season. Also seeing time at No. 5 singles, 12 of his victories have been straight-set wins.

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 (34-3 overall)
No. 19 Moritz Baumann (Wisconsin) – 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
No. 21 Ashley Watling (Tulsa) – 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
No. 28 Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin) – 6-2, 6-1
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. 76 Abe Souza (Illinois) – 6-1, 6-3
No. 84 Simon Childs (Louisville) – 7-5, 6-2
No. 91 Daniel Stahl (Notre Dame) – 6-0, 6-4
No. 96 Nate Schnugg (Georgia) – 6-3, 6-2
No. 97 Evan King (Michigan) – 6-3, 6-3

Chase Buchanan (28-4 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. 22 Moritz Baumann (Wisconsin) – 6-3, 6-4
No. 28 Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin) – 6-2, 6-0
No. 29 Casey Watt (Notre Dame) – 6-1, 6-1
No. 34 Austen Childs (Louisville) – 6-4, 6-7, 6-4
No. 36 Clay Donato (North Carolina) – 6-3, 6-4
No. 37 Dennis Nevolo (Illinois) – 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 41 Jason Jung (Michigan) – 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
No. 42 Dennis Nevolo (Illinois) – 6-4, 6-0
No. 54 Marcel Thiemann (Mississippi) – 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
No. 66 Sebastian Gallego (Minnesota) – 6-4, 6-1
No. 90 Bassam Beidas (Pepperdine) – 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
No. 91 Joshua Graves (Northwestern) – 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
No. 98 Stephen Havens (Notre Dame) – 6-1, 6-3

Shuhei Uzawa (20-16 overall)
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 7-6, 6-3
No. 78 Mihai Nichifor (Columbia) – 6-1, 6-2

Dino Marcan (22-9 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
No. 105 Tobias Wernet (Minnesota) – 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

Balazs Novak (36-6 overall)
No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Matt Allare (25-5 overall)
No. 122 Chidi Gabriel (Louisville) – 6-4, 6-3

Steven Williams (15-3 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 245-68 (.783) in less than three complete seasons. In singles, Allare, Novak and Uzawa are a combined 61-7 in Big Ten play.

THE BIG TEN’S BEST
For the 10th time this season, a Buckeye was named Big Ten Player of the Week the conference announced April 13. Sophomore Chase Buchanan won his sixth weekly honor this season after his performance against Notre Dame April 7, Michigan State and Toledo April 9 and Michigan April 11. He led the conference in weekly awards after picking up five laurels earlier in the year (Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 9, March 16 and April 6). Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge won his fifth-career weekly honor after his performance against No. 62 Penn State and Cleveland State March 28. He won the award once earlier this year (Feb. 9). 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 May 18)
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 26 All-Big Ten selections
  • has  coached seven All-Americans (Jeremy Wurtzman (2002-04), Scott Green (2003-06), Ross Wilson (2003-06), Drew Eberly (2005-08), Justin Kronauge (2007-present), Steven Moneke (2006-09) and Bryan Koniecko (2006-09)
  • has coached four Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athletes of the Year (Ng, 2003, Koniecko, 2008 and 2009, Chase Buchanan, 2010), three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year (Joey Atas, 2004, Koniecko, 2006 and Kronauge, 2007) and owns six Big Ten Coach of the Year honors (2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • has had the No. 1 ranked singles player three times — Wurtzman in 2004, Moneke in 2007, Koniecko in 2009
  • has won 291 matches against 50 defeats (.853)
  • has an average record of 26-5 per season (2000-present)
  • 24-10 NCAA Tournament record
  • has the best single-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 five players set the program’s career doubles wins record (Kronauge with 126 from 2007-present; Koniecko with 125 from 2006-2009; Eberly with 118 from 2005-08; Wilson with 118 from 2003-06; Green with 117 from 2003-06)
  • has had three players set the school record for career combined singles and doubles wins (271, Kronauge from 2007-present; 254, Koniecko from 2006-2009; 208, 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 (13-0 in the Big Ten)
  • has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 123-consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
  • attained program’s best ranking (No. 1) Jan. 6 – Feb. 19, 2008
  • has won 110 consecutive home matches (April 6, 2003 to present)
  • has won 37 consecutive Big Ten home matches
  • has won 65 consecutive Big Ten matches dating back to 2005
  • has won 113 consecutive dual matches (non-tournament) from Feb. 26, 2006 – present
  • earned 10 regular-season Big Ten Conference victories, five times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010)
  • has won 48 consecutive regular-season road matches beginning with Feb. 26, 2006 win (4-2) at No. 21 VCU to its April 25,2010, win over No. 27 Wisconsin (4-3)
  • had the No. 3 ranked doubles team (32-5 overall in 2006 and 3 national indoor titles from 2004-06)
  • has 11 consecutive 20-win seasons (a school record) with Tucker as the head coach
  • has 16 20-win seasons all-time, more than half with Tucker as head coach
  • has been to 11-consecutive NCAA team tournaments, second in the Big Ten only to Illinois’ 15
  • won the 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Big Ten Tournaments
  • won outright 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Big Ten Championships