COLUMBUS, Ohio – After winning its fifth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, the No. 4-seed Ohio State men’s tennis team will continue postseason play as one of 16 hosts for the first and second rounds of the 2010 Division I Men’s Tennis Championship Saturday and Sunday at Stickney Tennis Center. The Buckeyes will take on Western Michigan at 1 p.m., while Michigan and Denver will play at 10 a.m. in the first round.
The winner of the Ohio State (32-1) and Western Michigan (21-10) matchup will advance to meet the winner of the Michigan (13-10)/Denver (19-4) contest at noon Sunday for a chance to move on to the Round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The University of Georgia will serve as the event’s hosts.
A link to live stats will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A look at the 64-team field, along with singles and doubles brackets of the 2010 NCAA Championships are available at www.NCAAsports.com.
Tickets for the first and second rounds in Columbus are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Children two and under are admitted free. The ticket booth is located at the entrance gate at Stickney Tennis Center.
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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 will be played Friday-Sunday 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.
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 into the tournament 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 13-0 mark in league play and a 32-1 overall record.
OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
In NCAA action, under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have compiled a 22-10 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 went 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.
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 claimed the clinching point for Ohio State. He defeated Johnny Hamui 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Novak, a native of Budapest, Hungary, is now 34-6 in singles after going perfect in Big Ten play for the third-consecutive season.
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 in the final.
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 went perfect through 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 (32-1; 13-0 Big Ten) has won 24 consecutive matches since dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 1 Virginia Feb. 14. Ohio State has 12 victories against Top 25 opponents, including eight straight. 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.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes continued their dominance in the Big Ten Tournament, winning their fifth straight tournament crown after defeating Illinois, 4-1, May 2 in Bloomington, Ind.
“It was a tough doubles point to start the match and our guys fought hard today,” Tucker said. “The team had a goal coming in and they didn’t want the senior class to lose a Big Ten regular-season or tournament match. It’s good to see them leave Ohio State with such a great accomplishment.”
Ohio State began the afternoon winning a highly competitive first point. At No. 3, senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak defeated Connor Roth and Stephen Hoh, 8-6, to finish first. The Buckeye duo remains perfect on the season with an impressive 18-0 overall record including 16 victories coming from No. 3.
At No. 2, juniors Shuhei Uzawa and Matt Allare defeated their third nationally-ranked duo of the season. This time the Buckeye tandem downed No. 83 Johnny Hamui and Dennis Nevolo, 9-7, to clinch the Buckeyes’ 29th doubles point of the season.
Novak clinched the win after defeating Johnny Hamui 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Owning a 34-6 overall record, Novak has won 15 straight matches.
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 269 career victories, Kronauge, a native of Dayton, Ohio, secured two singles victories and two doubles victories in wins over Northwestern April 30, Wisconsin May 1 and Illinois May 2 at the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind., to continue his rise on the combined, singles and doubles wins lists. In singles, the two-time All-Big Ten honoree has 145 career victories, which is second. He is one win shy of tying former Buckeye Steven Moneke for first (146).
In doubles, Kronauge became the sixth Buckeye in program history to hit the 100-win mark. He currently has 124 career doubles wins, which is second. The two-time ITA All-American is one win shy of tying Koniecko for first (125). He also is just the third Buckeye in Ohio State history to have at least 100 singles wins and 100 doubles wins. Koniecko and Moneke are the other two who have accomplished the feat.
100 AND COUNTING
Ohio State extended its home win streak to 108 consecutive matches after defeating No. 17 Illinois, 6-1, April 18 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 19 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.
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 114 victories in its last 119 conference contests, including the postseason. In 11 years of work, the Zanesville, Ohio, native and former Buckeye has recorded a 123-17 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 (269) on the career combined wins list in the Ohio State record book. He currently is second on the all-time career singles wins list with 145 victories, while holding second on the career doubles wins list with 124.
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 21-9 overall in singles and 31-4 in doubles this year. Paired with Buchanan as the ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, the Buckeye duo is 18-2 overall with a 14-2 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 2009 class enters its final NCAA tournament with a 161-9 overall record (.947), 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 is now 117-5 in its last 122 league 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.
BIG TEN RANKINGS
Nine of the 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Polls announced May 3. Four other Big Ten teams will participate in the 2010 NCAA Team Championships along with Ohio State – Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Illinois, ranked 13th, will also be one of 16 host sites for the first and second rounds.
4 Ohio State
68 Penn State
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 18 straight victories, remaining undefeated this year.
Justin Kronauge 23 ChaseBuchanan 19 Balazs Novak 15 Devin McCarthy 12 Steven Williams 9
Win Streak JustinKronauge/Balazs Novak 18
Ohio State won the doubles point against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament for the 29th time this season (May 2) 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 121 consecutive matches. That streak began March 7, 2006.
Ohio State is 9-0 when ranked fourth in the nation. The Buckeyes have been polled fourth for the past three 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 tied for the team-lead 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 32-1 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 12 consecutive victories in his second year, posting a 12-0 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 17 of their last 18 matches. The duo owns a 14-2 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 WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS
Western Michigan (21-10) claimed its fifth-consecutive MAC tournament championship this year to earn its eighth trip to the NCAA championships. The Broncos shut out No. 1-seed Buffalo, 4-0, May 1 in Muncie Ind., in the championship match. Currently on a five-match win streak, Western Michigan defeated two nationally-ranked teams this season, downing then-No. 74 Depaul, 5-2, Jan. 24 and then-No. 69 Purdue, 4-3, Feb. 27 in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Last year in NCAA play, Western Michigan ran into host and No. 13 Illinois in the first round, losing, 4-0, May 8, 2009, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana Ill.
OHIO STATE VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN
The Buckeyes are 5-0 all-time vs. the Broncos. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State has never faced Western Michigan. The last time these two teams met was during the 1998-99 season with the Scarlet and Gray winning, 4-3, in Columbus. Against MAC opponents, the Buckeyes are 14-0 with Tucker at the helm. Ohio State faced one MAC opponent this season, downing Toledo, 5-0, April 9 at home.
THE MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Michigan (13-10), currently ranked 26th in the latest ITA polls, finished the season with an 8-2 record in Big Ten play. During the 2010 Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines advanced to the semifinals before suffering a 4-0 setback to Illinois May 1 in Bloomington, Ind. Michigan received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament for the program’s fifth-consecutive trip to the championship. The Wolverines will travel to the Columbus regional for the second straight postseason and third time in five years. Freshman Evan King was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, joining junior Jason Jung on the All-Big Ten team.
MICHIGAN IN THE RANKINGS
Two Wolverines are ranked in the latest ITA polls announced May 3. In singles, Jason Jung is No. 38, accumulating a 20-15 mark in his third season. In dual play, Jung is 10-10 this year. In doubles, Jung partners with Evan King as the 31st doubles pair in the nation. The two Wolverines are 14-8 overall with a 9-6 ledger at No. 1.
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN
Ohio State is 25-73-1 all-time vs. the Wolverines. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 14-2 vs. Michigan, claiming the last 13 matches. Ohio State has not lost to the Wolverines since the 2000-01 campaign, dropping a 4-3 match in Ann Arbor. During the regular season, the Buckeyes defeated Michigan, 6-1, April 11 in Columbus. In singles, senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and Balazs Novak lead the team with seven wins vs. Michigan. Junior Matt Allare is undefeated vs. the Wolverines with a 3-0 record.
Last season in NCAA play, the Buckeyes downed Michigan, 4-1, May 9, 2009, in the second round of the tournament in Columbus, defeating the Wolverines for the third time during the year.
THE DENVER PIONEERS
Denver (19-4), currently No. 36 in the latest ITA standings, is making its second NCAA championship appearance after earning an at-large berth. The Pioneers made their first tournament appearance during the 2008 season, losing, 4-3, against Oklahoma State in the first round in Tulsa, Okla. This season, Denver won a school-record 10 consecutive matches from March 5-April 8. At the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, the team finished second for the third time in the last four years. The Pioneers have eight wins this season over nationally-ranked opponents, including a 4-3 upset over then-No. 25 Arizona Feb. 27 in Lubbock, Texas.
OHIO STATE VS. DENVER
The Buckeyes have never faced the Pioneers. Three Buckeyes have experience against Pioneer opponents individually. In singles, senior co-captain Mike O’Connell (3-1), junior Shuhei Uzawa (1-2) and sophomore Steven Williams (2-1) are a combined 6-4 vs. Denver.
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 151-28 (.844) in dual play. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge paces the squad with 31 victories. In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 78-17 (.821). Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak are 18-0, while sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan are 18-2 this year. 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 Balazs Novak lead the team in wins with 34 victories, while only suffering three and six losses, respectively. The three-time Big Ten honoree, Kronauge is 18-1 and 11-0 at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, this year. Junior Balazs Novak is 34-6 overall, winning his last 15 matches.
Novak is 33-3 overall in doubles. Partnering with Kronauge, the Buckeye duo is a perfect 18-0 overall, claiming 16 victories at No. 3.
18 AND COUNTING
Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and Balazs Novak have excelled together this season in doubles competition. The Buckeye pair currently holds an undefeated 18-0 record, capturing 16 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 14 of their 18 victories decided by four points or more. They have claimed the doubles point in key victories over nationally-polled 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 28 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 polled No. 103 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 earlier this year was featured on USTA.com. 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 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 124 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-years plus at Ohio State and have won more matches than any other class in program history. The 2010 senior class has a 161-9 record (.947), 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
* 161-9 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 quarterfinals
* Two Team Indoor Championship final appearances, one semifinal appearance
* 79-0 at home
* 51-1 on the road
* 65-0 in Big Ten competition
* 15-0 in Big Ten Tournament
* 14-4 in NCAA Tournament, tied for 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 86 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 31-4 overall record with 28 of the victories coming from dual competition. He has posted a 15-2 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.
ALLARE IN SINGLES
Junior Matt Allare, a native of Mason, Ohio, has been a clutch player for the Buckeyes this season. In 28 dual starts this year, Allare has won a combined 20 wins 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 10 victories this season.
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 17-0 in dual play. McCarthy has won 12 consecutive matches, while Williams is 9-1 in his last 10 starts. They have not lost a match this spring season.
BUCHANAN/MARCAN IN DOUBLES
Sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan are a big reason for the Buckeyes’ 29 doubles points this year. Winning 17 of its last 18 matches, the Buckeye duo has a 14-2 mark at the top of the lineup. Buchanan and Marcan, currently polled ninth in the nation, upset the ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the nation 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.
After posting a win in singles play against Illinois (April 18), sophomore Devin McCarthy is 12-0 in dual competition this season. Also seeing time at No. 5 singles, 11 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 (20-15 overall)
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 7-6, 6-3
No. 78 Mihai Nichifor (Columbia) – 6-1, 6-2
Dino Marcan (21-9 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 (34-6 overall)
No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
Matt Allare (23-5 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 241-67 (.782) in less than three complete seasons. In singles, Allare, Novak and Uzawa are a combined 61-7 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 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 this 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 10)
Ty Tucker Accomplishments…
Ohio State Accomplishments Under Tucker…