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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In its last non-conference regular-season match, the No. 5 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 18 Mississippi, 4-2, Wednesday at Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center in Oxford, Miss. The Buckeyes (25-1; 6-0 Big Ten) have now won 17 consecutive matches and improve to 6-0 on the road this season.

Ohio State evens the all-time series, 2-2, vs. the Rebels. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 2-1 vs. Mississippi and 31-13 against opponents from the SEC. For the 2010 campaign, Ohio State is 5-0 against SEC teams. Along with the win against Ole Miss, the Buckeyes also beat Florida (4-3), Kentucky (5-2), LSU (4-2) and Georgia (4-2).

Sophomore Chase Buchanan claimed the Buckeyes’ 25th win this year after winning back-to-back sets vs. No. 54 Marcel Thiemann at No. 1 singles. Buchanan, ranked 12th in the nation, won 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 over Thiemann to improve to 22-4 overall with a 17-1 ledger at No. 1.

In doubles, the Buckeyes won their 16th-consecutive point this season, winning at No. 3 and 1, respectively. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge moved into second place on the all-time career doubles wins list with former Buckeyes Drew Eberly (2005-08) and Ross Wilson (2003-06) with 118 victories. Partnered with junior Balazs Novak, Kronauge defeated Adrian Forberg Skogeng and Jaime Vazquez Catoria, 8-3, at No. 3. Novak has recorded a  team-high 27 wins with the victory over the Rebels.

Ole Miss tied the doubles competition at, 1-1, after No. 83 Tucker Vorster and Jonas Lutjen won, 9-7, against juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa at No. 2. The Buckeye duo falls to 16-9 overall. Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan, polled 16th in the country, won the first team point of the match, 8-6, over No. 26 Chris Thiemann and M. Thiemann at No. 1. Buchanan and Marcan are now 12-1 overall with an 11-match win streak.

In singles, Novak continued the Buckeye momentum at No. 6 against Harry Fowler. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Novak won 6-3, 6-3, to increase his wins’ column to 27 victories this year, including eight consecutive. The Rebels claimed their first point of the match at No. 4 singles, when C. Thiemann won 6-0, 6-3, over Uzawa, who falls to 17-15 this year.

Mississippi evened the score at 2-all after No. 81 Vorster won 7-6, 6-3 against No. 91 Marcan at No. 2 singles. The loss snaps Marcan’s six-match win streak and he is now 20-5 overall on the year. Kronauge, who stands at No. 41 in the singles polls, brought the Buckeyes within striking distance of victory after battling a tough first set against Lutjen at No. 3. Ohio State’s all-time combined wins leader, Kronauge won 7-6 (10-8), 6-0 to increase his win streak to a team-high 17 consecutive matches. He is 28-3 overall on the year with 139 career victories, which is second on the all-time career singles wins list.

The Buckeyes return to Columbus where they will face No. 41 Indiana at 3 p.m. Friday before hosting No. 17 Illinois at noon Sunday on senior day. Both matches are scheduled to be played at Stickney Tennis Center.

No. 2 Ohio State 4, No. 18 Mississippi 2
Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center
Oxford, Miss.
April 14, 2010

Tennis Match Final Results
Singles
1. No. 12 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 54 Marcel Thiemann (MISS) – 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
2. No. 81 Tucker Vorster (MISS) def. No. 91 Dino Marcan (OSU) – 7-5, 6-3
3. No. 41 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Jonas Lutjen (MISS) – 7-6 (10-8), 6-0
4. Chris Thiemann (MISS) def. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) – 6-0, 6-3
5. Matt Allare (OSU) vs. Adrian Forberg Skogeng (MISS) – 6-4, 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
6. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Harry Fowler (MISS) – 6-3, 6-3


Doubles

1. No. 16 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. No. 26 Chris Thiemann/Marcel Thiemann (MISS) – 8-6
2. No. 83 Tucker Vorster/Jonas Lutjen (MISS) def. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) – 9-7
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Adrian Forberg Skogeng/Jaime Vazquez Catoria (MISS) – 8-3

*Rankings from latest Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings announced April 13

Match Notes:
Ohio State 25-1, 6-0 Big Ten; National ranking No. 5
Mississippi 15-6, 6-4 SEC; National ranking No. 18
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,2,3,1)