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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The fifth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team will travel to its last non-conference road match of the regular-season when it faces No. 18 Ole Miss at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Oxford. The Buckeyes will then return to Columbus for two home matches against No. 41 Indiana at 3 p.m. Friday and No. 17 Illinois at noon Sunday at Stickney Tennis Center. The match vs. the Illini is senior day and a postmatch autograph session will follow competition.

If there is a change in weather, the matches will move to The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The home matches will have live updates available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.  As always, admission for home matches is free.

PERHAPS WE CAN DO IT AGAIN?
The Buckeyes were able to get out into the sunshine in their match vs. Michigan April 11. For the second time this season, Ohio State was able to play outdoors at the Stickney Tennis Center. During inclement weather or cold conditions, Ohio State plays in its indoor venue, The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center on Henderson Road. 

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KRONAUGE CLIMBS SINGLES, DOUBLES CHARTS
Senior Justin Kronauge secured four singles and doubles victories in wins over Notre Dame April  7, Michigan State and Toledo April 9 and Michigan April 11 to continue his rise in the program’s record books for career singles and doubles victories. Kronauge is the new all-time career combined wins leader with 255 victories. Last time out, he passed Steven Moneke for first after defeating No. 97 Evan King of Michigan 6-3, 6-3, at No. 2 singles April 11 in Columbus.

In singles, the Dayton, Ohio, native has 138 career victories, which is second on the all-time career wins list. In doubles, Kronauge became the sixth Buckeye in program history to hit the 100-win mark. He currently has 117 career doubles wins, which is tied for fourth on the all-time career wins list with former Buckeye Scott Green (2003-06). He also is just the third Buckeye in OSU history to have at least 100 singles wins and 100 doubles wins. Bryan Koniecko and Moneke are the other two student-athletes to accomplish the feat.

WE’RE GOING STREAKING
Ohio State (24-1; 6-0 Big Ten) has won 16 consecutive matches with wins against No. 9 Kentucky (5-2), No. 13 Louisville (5-2), No. 17 Texas A&M (4-3), No. 60 Purdue (7-0), No. 41 LSU (4-2), No. 6 Georgia (4-2), No. 62 Penn State, No. 73 Iowa (6-1), No. 44 Minnesota (7-0), No. 36 Notre Dame (7-0), Michigan State (7-0), Toledo (5-0) and No. 26 Michigan (6-1) since dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 1 Virginia Feb. 14. Ohio State has eight victories against Top 25 opponents, including five straight.

LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes won their sixth Big Ten match of the season with a 6-1 victory over No. 26 Michigan April 11 at Stickney Tennis Center. Ohio State has now won 59 consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents, dating back to 2005.

Freshman Dino Marcan claimed the win for the Buckeyes after downing Mike Sroczynski 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Marcan became the fourth Buckeye this season to hit the 20-win mark and is 20-4 overall. The native of Rijeka, Croatia, has posted a 16-4 record in dual competition in his first collegiate campaign.

In doubles, two Buckeye pairs improved their win streaks to 10 and 11 matches, respectively. Sophomore Chase Buchanan and Marcan won their 10th-consecutive matche after downing No. 33 George Navas and Sroczynski, 9-7, at No. 1, while senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak improved their undefeated record to 11-0 with an 8-3 victory over Chris Madden and Chris Cha at No. 3 doubles.

100 AND COUNTING
Ohio State extended its home win streak to 106 consecutive matches after downing No. 26 Michigan April 11 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 16 home competitions last season, marking the sixth-consecutive year it won all its home matches. The streak began in 2003, starting with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6. This season, Ohio State is 17-0 at home.

BUCKEYES VS. THE BIG TEN
In Big Ten competition, the Buckeyes are a combined 34-2 in singles and 16-2 in doubles action this season In singles, seven Buckeyes have undefeated records. Three Buckeyes have 6-0 records, including senior co-captain Justin Kronague, sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan. Juniors Matt Allare and Balazs Novak are both 5-0, while sophomores Devin McCarthy and Steven Williams are 3-0 and 1-0, respectively.  

In doubles, Buchanan and Marcan lead the way with a 6-0 mark in the Big Ten, while Kronauge and Novak are 5-0.

Currently, Ohio State has won 59 consecutive matches in league play and is now 110-5 in its last 115 league matches, including postseason play. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten opponent on the road since the 2004-05 campaign, a 5-2 loss at Northwestern.

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 Tuesday.

RANK    SCHOOL
    5         
Ohio State
    17       Illinois
    25       Michigan
    32      Wisconsin
    37       Minnesota
    41       Indiana
    53       Northwestern
    61       Penn State
    72       Iowa

BIG TEN STANDINGS
 Through Matches of April 12, 2010

 

Big Ten

Overall

Team

Record

Pct.

Record

Pct.

1. Ohio State

6-0

1.000

24-1

.960

2. Illinois

6-0

1.000

14-8

.636

3. Michigan

6-1

.857

10-8

.556

4. Wisconsin

4-2

.667

15-6

.714

5. Indiana

3-3

.500

12-6

.667

6. Minnesota

3-3

.500

10-8

.556

7. Penn State

2-4

.333

13-7

.650

8. Iowa

2-4

.333

10-7

.588

9. Purdue

1-5

.167

11-10

.525

10. Northwestern

1-5

.167

9-10

.474

11. Michigan State

0-7

.000

11-11

.500

BUCKEYE WIN STREAKS
Several Buckeyes enter the second week of April with win streaks in singles and doubles. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge leads the way for Ohio State with a team-high 16-consecutive singles wins. Two Buckeye duos, sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan as well as Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak, have won 10 and 11 straight matches, respectively. 

SINGLES

Player

 Win Streak 

 Justin Kronauge  

 16

 Chase Buchanan

 12

 Devin McCarthy 

 10

 Matt Allare 

 10

 Steven Williams  

 9

 Balazs Novak 

 7

 Dino Marcan

 6

                    
DOUBLES
      

Pairs 

  Win Streak

Kronauge/Novak 

           11

Marcan/Buchanan

           10

   

SEVERAL BUCKEYES HIT DOUBLE DIGITS
Eight Buckeyes have won 20 or more singles matches this season. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (27), junior Balazs Novak (26), sophomore Chase Buchanan (21) and  freshman Dino Marcan (20) have all hit the 20-win mark this season. Junior Matt Allare (19),  junior Shuhei Uzawa (17) and sophomores Steven Williams (15) and Devin McCarthy (15) all have hit double digit wins through 25 matches this year. Kronauge and Buchanan have a combined dual match record of 41-2, including a 24-1 record by Kronauge.

Novak has been impressive in his third season at Ohio State, hitting the 20-win mark for the third straight year. Uzawa and Allare have done their part as well for the Buckeyes, recording a combined singles record of 27-12 at Nos. 3-6 singles.

Second-year Buckeyes Williams and McCarthy are both perfect in dual action, posting 5-0 and 10-0 records, respectively. The two are a combined 21-2 in their last 23 matches in singles.

DOUBLE TIME
Ohio State won the doubles point against Michigan (April 11) for the 22nd time this season and has a perfect record when winning that first point. The Buckeyes are 2-1 after losing the doubles point.

BUCKEYES RECEIVE HIGH RANKING
Ohio State is No. 5 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 5-0 when ranked fifth in the nation. The Buckeyes have been polled in the ITA Top 10 for 113 consecutive matches. That streak began March 7, 2006.

BUCKEYES RANKED IN THE POLLS
Five Buckeyes are in the Top 125 of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released Tuesday. In singles, sophomore Chase Buchanan remains 12th. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge is No. 41, while freshman Dino Marcan is No. 91. Sophomores Steven Williams and Devin McCarthy are Nos. 108 and 117, respectively.

Buchanan is 21-4 overall this season with a 16-1 mark at No. 1 singles. The native of New Albany, Ohio, is 11-4 against nationally ranked opponents. Kronauge, a native of Dayton, Ohio, leads the team in wins with a 27-3 mark. The 2008 ITA All-American has won his last 16 matches to help the Buckeyes reach a 24-1 record. Marcan is 20-4 overall, including a 3-1 ledger against nationally-ranked opponents. He is 16-4 in dual action. Williams, a native of Manlius, N.Y., hits the Top 125 for the third time this season at No. 108. The second-year Buckeye has a 15-3 record with a perfect 5-0 record at No. 6 singles. McCarthy, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is 10-0 in dual competition with a 7-0 ledger at No. 6.

In doubles, Buchanan and Marcan are No. 16. The Buckeye duo is 11-1 this year.  The pair has won 10-consecutive matches together. Earlier this 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.Buchanan also pairs with Kronauge as the 84th-ranked tandem in the country. The Buckeye pair is 9-7 overall for the 2010 campaign.

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 108 consecutive regular-season (non-tournament) matches dating back to 2006. It has been more than four years since Ohio State last lost, 5-2, Feb. 26, 2006 to Notre Dame in South Bend.

THE OLE MISS REBELS
Ole Miss, ranked 18th in the country, is 15-5 overall this year with a 6-4 mark in SEC play. Last weekend, the Rebels defeated Auburn (5-2) April 9 and Alabama (4-3) April 11 to claim the team’s ninth-consecutive SEC West Championship. The team has been ranked as high as 11th this season.

MISSISSIPPI IN THE RANKINGS
Four Rebels are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings announced Tuesday. In singles, Marcel Thiemann is No. 54, while Tucker Vorster is No. 81. Thiemann is 21-11 overall, while Vorster is 24-12. In doubles, Marcel pairs with Christoph Thiemann as the 26th-ranked doubles pair in the nation, while Vorster and Jonas Lutjen are No. 84.

OHIO STATE VS. MISSISSIPPI
The Buckeyes are 1-2 all-time vs. the Rebels. Last time out, Ohio State defeated Ole Miss, 4-2, Jan. 26, 2008, in Oxford. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 1-1 vs. the Rebels and 30-13 vs. opponents from the SEC. Ohio State is 2-1 all-time vs. teams ranked 18th in the country.

THE INDIANA HOOSIERS
Indiana, polled 41st in the nation, is 12-6 overall with a 3-3 record in Big Ten play. Last time out, the Hoosiers lost a 4-3 match to Minnesota April 11 in Bloomington. Indiana has defeated Iowa (April 10), Purdue (April 2) and Northwestern (March 28) this season in league competition. Along with the Gophers, the Hoosiers have lost to Illinois (April 4) and Wisconsin (March 26).

INDIANA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hoosiers have one doubles pair ranked in the latest ITA polls. Lachlan Ferguson and Josh MacTaggart are No. 48 with a 9-2 overall record this season.

OHIO STATE VS. THE HOOSIERS
The Buckeyes own a 41-39 overall record vs. Indiana. Last season, Ohio State defeated the Hoosiers, 7-0, April 10 in Bloomington. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 9-2 vs. Indiana.

THE ILLINOIS ILLINI
Illinois, ranked 17th in the country, is 14-8 overall this year with a perfect 6-0 ledger in Big Ten action. Last time out, the Fighting Illini downed Iowa, 7-0, April 11 in Urbana, Ill. The team has also defeated Minnesota (April 10), Indiana (April 4), Purdue (April 3), Wisconsin (March 21) and Northwestern (March 6). Illinois’ most recent lost came against Kentucky, losing a 4-3 setback march April 7 in Lexington.

ILLINOIS IN THE RANKINGS
Illinois has five players ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings announced Tuesday. In singles, Dennis Nevolo is No. 37, Marek Czerwinski is No. 64 and Abe Souza is No. 76. In doubles, Illinois has four doubles pairs in the Top 90. Nevolo and Czerwinski make up the ninth-ranked doubles pair in the country, while Czerwinski and Stephen Hoh are No. 69. Nevolo and Johnny Hamui are No. 79 and Czerwinski and Souza are No. 89.
 
OHIO STATE VS. ILLINOIS
Ohio State is 35-54-1 all-time vs. the Illini. Last time out, the Buckeyes defeated Illinois, 4-1, April 26 in the final of the 2009 Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 10-9 vs. Illinois.

BUCHANAN AT NO. 1
Sophomore Chase Buchanan has had an impressive transition to the top of the singles lineup in 2009-10. Through 17 matches at No. 1, the native of New Albany, Ohio, has a 16-1 record. During the stretch, Buchanan has been victorious over  11 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 Georgia Bulldog Javier Garrapiz, 18th in the nation, March 25 in Athens, Ga., in the Buckeyes’ 4-2 win.

Buchanan began the 2010 spring season polled No. 103 in the ITA standings and has climbed 91 spots to 12th in the nation in the latest rankings announced Tuesday.

BUCHANAN ON USTA.COM
Sophomore Chase Buchanan recently 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 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 138 singles wins and 117 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 34-14 and 19-9 in dual play.

In the match vs. Cleveland State March 28, the two classmates played together 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 has competed since Jan. 17 after undergoing shoulder surgery last summer.

THE BIG TEN’S BEST
For the 10th time this season, a Buckeye was named Big Ten Player of the Week the conference announced Tuesday. 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 leads conference in weekly awards after picking up five laurels earlier this year (Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 9, March 16, April 6). Last week, 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.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will travel to its final conference road matches of the season at Northwestern at 4 p.m. April 23 and Wisconsin at noon April 25.