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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team will begin the 2010 postseason at 8 a.m. Friday as the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament at the Indiana University Tennis Center in Bloomington. The Buckeyes earned a bye into the quarterfinals and will face the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 8-seed Penn State/No.9-seed Northwestern.

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THE 2010 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
The Buckeyes (10-0; 29-1) claimed their fifth No. 1 seed in the league tournament after the squad captured its fifth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title Sunday. Ohio State has won seven regular-season titles in school history. The Buckeyes have recorded 62-consecutive victories in league play and are currently 114-5 in their last 119 conference matches, including postseason play.

Illinois (9-1; 17-9) enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2 seed, while Michigan (8-2; 12-9) clinched the No. 3 spot. No. 4 Wisconsin (7-3; 18-6) will take on No. 5 Minnesota (6-4; 13-9) as the two teams earned byes into quarterfinals Friday.

In first-round action Thursday, No. 8 Penn State (3-7; 15-10) faces No. 9 Northwestern (9-14; 1-9) in the opening match of the tournament at 9 a.m., No. 7 Iowa (4-6; 12-9) will play No. 10 Purdue (1-9; 11-14) at 11:30 a.m. and closing out Day 1 is host-school No. 6 Indiana (5-5; 15-9) and No. 11 Michigan State (1-9; 13-13) at 2:30 p.m.

Each of the Top 5 teams received a first-round bye and will start tournament play Friday. The tournament begins Thursday morning with the title match set at noon Sunday.

BIG TEN NETWORK TO AIR CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
The title match of the 2010 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament at noon Sunday will be televised by the Big Ten Network on tape delay at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 9 following coverage of the 2010 Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament at 5 p.m.

OHIO STATE IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
After Illinois stood at the top of the league the previous nine years, the Buckeyes were able to climb their way to the top of the regular season and tournament standings in 2006 and have remained there since.

Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State has won five of 10 Big Ten tournament titles (2001, ’06, ’07,’08, ’09) since he took charge of the program during the 1999-2000 campaign.

The Buckeyes have claimed seven Big Ten Tournament titles since tennis officially became a varsity sport at Ohio State in 1912, including four-consecutive tournament championships.

Last season, Ohio State defeated Illinois, 4-3, in the final in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ohio State finished the 2008-09 campaign with a program-high 36 wins (two losses), going a perfect 13-0 in league competition.

In 2008, Ohio State defeated Illinois, 4-3, at the final in Iowa City. The Buckeyes finished the 2007-08 campaign with 35 wins (two losses), going 13-0 in league play.

In 2007, Ohio State had another record-breaking year, winning 30 times during the season and suffering only two losses. The Buckeyes finished the season 13-0 in the conference after defeating Illinois in the tournament final, 4-1, in West Lafayette, Ind.

The 2006 season was the year that started the Buckeyes’ reign at the top of the league standings. Ohio State defeated Illinois, 4-3, in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes finished the regular season 28-2 overall and 13-0 in conference play.

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., Sunday. 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.

As a team, Ohio State is 54-6 in singles and 26-4 in doubles matches in league play this year. 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 league play.

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 (29-1; 10-0 Big Ten) has won 21 consecutive matches since dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 1 Virginia Feb. 14. Ohio State has 10 victories against Top 25 opponents, including seven 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 for the sixth-consecutive time.

LAST TIME OUT
In the final regular-season match of the 2010 spring season, the No. 4 Buckeyes won four singles matches en route to a 4-3 victory against No. 27 Wisconsin April 25 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge, ranked 40th in the nation, won back-to-back sets over No. 19 Moritz Baumann (6-7, 6-3, 6-3) at No. 2 singles to clinch the match for the Buckeyes. Ohio State finished the regular season undefeated in conference play for the fifth straight year.

“We knew it was going to be a tough match for us,” Kronauge, who has won 21 consecutive matches this year, said. “We didn’t get the doubles point, but we had guys who could step up in the clutch. I’m glad I could get the win for the team. This is huge for me. In my last regular-season match of my career, it’s a very special moment.”

Winning their ninth conference crown, the Buckeyes improve to 37-32 all-time vs. the Badgers. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is a perfect 18-0 against Wisconsin.

KRONAUGE REWRITES OHIO STATE RECORD BOOKS
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 265 career victories, Kronauge, a native of Dayton, Ohio, secured two singles victories and two doubles victories in wins over Northwestern April 23 and Wisconsin April 25 to continue his rise on the combined, singles and doubles wins list. In singles, the two-time All-Big Ten honoree has 143 career victories, which is second. He is three wins 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 122 career doubles wins, which is second. The two-time ITA All-American is three wins 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 won all its home matches. The streak began in 2003, starting with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6.

BUCKEYE STREAK IN BIG TEN
Currently, Ohio State has won 62 consecutive matches in league play and is now 114-5 in its last 119 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 April 20.

RANK  SCHOOL
   4  Ohio State

  14  Illinois
  26  Michigan
  27 Wisconsin
  35 Minnesota
  39  Indiana
  57  Northwestern
  59  Iowa
  75  Penn State

BIG TEN STANDINGS (Final)
The five-time defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes finished the regular season at the top of the league standings once again going into postseason play. The Buckeyes claimed eight Big Ten victories in the month of April. Ohio State also has shut out five league opponents this season. 

 

Big Ten

Overall

Team

Record

Pct.

Record

Pct.

1. Ohio State

10-0

1.000

29-1

.967

2. Illinois

9-1

.900

17-9

.654

3. Michigan

8-2

.800

12-9

.571

4. Wisconsin

7-3

.700

18-6

.750

5. Minnesota

6-4

.600

13-9

.590

6. Indiana

5-5

.500

15-9

.625

7. Iowa

4-6

.400

12-9

.571

8. Penn State

3-7

.300

15-10

.600

9. Michigan State

1-9

.100

13-13

.500

10. Purdue

1-9

.100

11-14

.440

11. Northwestern

1-9

.100

9-14

.391

BUCKEYE STREAKS
Several Buckeyes are entering postseason play with win streaks in singles and doubles. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge leads the way for Ohio State with a team-high 21-consecutive singles wins. In doubles, Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak have claimed 16 straight victories, going undefeated during the regular season.

SINGLES

Player Win Streak
Justin Kronauge 21
Chase Buchanan 17
Balazs Novak 12
Devin McCarthy 12
Steven Williams 9

DOUBLES

Pair Win Streak
Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak 16

SEVERAL BUCKEYES HIT DOUBLE DIGITS
Eight members of the team have claimed 20 or more singles victories this season. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge leads the Buckeyes in the wins’ column with 32 followed by junior Balazs Novak (31), sophomore Chase Buchanan (26), junior Matt Allare (22) and freshman Dino Marcan (21).

Kronauge and Buchanan have a combined dual-match record of 51-2, including a 29-1 record by Kronauge.

Novak has been impressive in his third season at Ohio State, hitting the 20-win mark for the third straight year. Allare and Novak are a combined 44-6 this season in dual competition.

Second-year Buckeyes Steven Williams and Devin McCarthy are perfect in dual play, posting 5-0 and 12-0 records, respectively. The two are a combined 19-1 in their last 20 singles matches.

DOUBLE TIME
Ohio State won the doubles point against Northwestern for the 26th time this season (April 23) 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 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. The Buckeyes have been polled in the ITA Top 10 for 118 consecutive matches. That streak began March 7, 2006.

Ohio State is 6-0 when ranked fourth in the nation.

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 climbed to No. 10. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge is No. 40, while freshman Dino Marcan is No. 103. Sophomore Steven Williams is 118th followed by classmate Devin McCarthy, who is No. 119.

Buchanan is 26-4 overall this season with a 21-1 mark at No. 1 singles. The native of New Albany, Ohio, is 15-4 against nationally ranked opponents. Kronauge leads the team in wins with a 32-3 mark. The 2008 ITA All-American has won his last 21 matches to help the Buckeyes reach a 29-1 record. Marcan is 21-8 overall, including a 17-8 ledger in dual competition. 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 90. Buchanan and Marcan have climbed to 10th in the country after winning 14 of their last 15 matches at No. 1. The duo owns a 11-2 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.

Kronauge and Buchanan are No. 78 with a 9-7 overall record. The duo won five matches at No. 1 doubles 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).

THE NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
Northwestern, ranked 57th in the latest ITA polls released April 20, is 9-14 overall this year. Last time out, the Wildcats lost, 4-3, April 25 against Penn State at Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern has lost its last seven matches against league opponents, but defeated Michigan State, 6-1, April 2 in East Lansing.

NORTHWESTERN IN THE RANKINGS
The Wildcats have two players ranked in the latest ITA singles and doubles polls announced Tuesday. In singles, Joshua Graves is No. 91. In doubles, Graves and Spencer Wolf are No. 54.

OHIO STATE VS. NORTHWESTERN
The Buckeyes are 41-43 all-time vs. the Wildcats. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is 12-1 vs. Northwestern, winning the last six matches.

In singles, five Buckeyes are a combined 15-0 vs. Northwestern. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (5-0), juniors Shuhei Uzawa (3-0), Balazs Novak (3-0) and Matt Allare (2-0) and sophomore Chase Buchanan (2-0) have perfect records against the Wildcats.

Buckeye wins vs. Northwestern (Active Team Members)
April 17, 2009 – Chase Buchanan def. Alex Sanborn – 6-1, 6-0
April 17, 2009 – Balazs Novak def. Eric Spector – 6-1, 6-1
April 17, 2009 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Andrew McCarthy – 6-1, 6-2
April 23, 2010 – Chase Buchanan def. Joshua Graves – 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
April 23, 2010 – Justin Kronauge def. Spencer Wolf – 6-1, 6-0
April 23, 2010 – Balazs Novak def. Andrew McCarthy – 6-4, 6-3
April 23, 2010 – Matt Allare def. Chris Jackman – 6-2, 6-1

THE PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State, ranked 75th in the nation, is 15-10 overall with a 3-7 record in Big Ten play. Last time out, the Nittany Lions won, 4-3, over Northwestern April 25 on the Wildcats’ senior day. The Nittany Lions also defeated Michigan State (4-3) April 11 and Purdue (6-1) March 7 in Big Ten competition this season.

PENN STATE IN THE RANKINGS
Penn State has one Nittany Lion ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings announced April 20. Eddie Bourchier is No. 108.

OHIO STATE VS. PENN STATE
Ohio State is 18-5 all-time vs. the Nittany Lions. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 12-0 vs. Penn State. Ohio State has not lost to the Nittany Lions since the 1998-99 season, dropping a 6-1 decision in Columbus. During the regular season, the Buckeyes defeated Penn State, 7-0, March 28 at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center in Columbus. 

In singles, six Buckeyes are a combined 13-0 against Penn State. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (4-0), junior Balazs Novak (4-0), junior Matt Allare (2-0), sophomores Chase Buchanan (1-0) and Devin McCarthy (1-0) and freshman Dino Marcan (1-0) all have undefeated records vs. Penn State opponents in their careers.

Buckeye wins vs. Penn State (Active Team Members)
April 19, 2008 – Balazs Novak def. Guillaume St-Maurice – 6-1, 6-1
March 5, 2009 – Justin Kronauge def. Eddie Bourchier – 6-0, 6-1
March 5, 2009 – Matt Allare def. Jason Lee – 7-6, 6-2
March 5, 2009 – Balazs Novak def. Guillaume St-Maurice – 6-1, 6-1
March 28, 2010 – Chase Buchanan def. Eddie Bourchier – 6-1, 6-1
March 28, 2010 – Justin Kronauge def. Ryan Gormley – 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
March 28, 2010 – Dino Marcan def. Warren Hardie – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
March 28, 2010 – Balazs Novak def. Jason Lee – 6-4, 6-3
March 28, 2010 – Matt Allare def. Bryan Welnetz – 6-2, 6-4
March 28, 2010 – Devin McCarthy def. Guillaume St-Maurice – 6-1, 6-3

SUCCESS IN DUALS
In singles, the Buckeyes are a combined 142-27 (.840) in dual play. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge paces the squad with 29 victories. In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 71-16 (.816).  Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak are 16-0, while sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan are 15-2 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 leads the team in wins with 32 victories, while only suffering three losses. The two-time Big Ten honoree is 15-6 and 11-0 at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, this year. Junior Balazs Novak is 31-6 overall, winning his last 12 matches.

Novak is 31-3 overall in doubles. Partnering with Kronauge, the Buckeye duo is a perfect 16-0 overall, claiming 14 victories at No. 3.

BUCHANAN AT NO. 1
Sophomore Chase Buchanan had an impressive transition to the top of the singles lineup during the  2009-10 regular season. Through 22 matches at No. 1, the native of New Albany, Ohio, has a 21-1 record. During the stretch, Buchanan has been victorious over 15 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 Wisconsin’s Marek Michalicka, 28th in the nation, April 25 in Madison in the Buckeyes’ 4-3 win.

Buchanan began the 2010 spring season polled No. 103 in the ITA standings and has climbed 93 spots in the polls to 10th in the nation in the latest rankings announced April 20.

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 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, 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 143 singles wins and 122 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 four 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 at Ohio State and have won more matches than any other class in program history. The 2010 senior class has a 158-9 record (.946), advanced to the NCAA tournament final along with three consecutive quarterfinals appearances and has a perfect 62-0 Big Ten record.

BREAKING DOWN THE 2010 CLASS

  • Five Big Ten regular-season and four Big Ten tournament titles
  • 158-9 Ohio State career record
  • Has not lost more than two matches in any season
  • Has not lost back-to-back matches in any season
  • A 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
  • 62-0 in Big Ten competition
  • 12-0 in Big Ten Tournament
  • 14-4 in NCAA Tournament, tied most NCAA wins by an Ohio State 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 84 career shutouts
  • Seven OSU Scholar Athlete Awards
  • Five Academic All-Big Ten Awards
  • One Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award (2007)
  • Two 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 28-4 overall record with 25 of the victories coming from dual competition. He has posted a 12-2 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 AT NO. 6
Junior Matt Allare, a native of Mason, Ohio, has been a clutch player for the Buckeyes this season. In 22 dual starts this year, Allare is 19-3 with a 10-2 record at No. 6 singles. 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. Last year, Allare collected eight wins at No. 6, capping the season with a personal-best 28 victories.

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 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’ 26 doubles points this year. Winning 14 of its last 15 matches, the Buckeye duo has an 11-2 mark at the top of the lineup. Buchanan and Marcan, currently polled 10th 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 six victories over nationally-ranked doubles pairs.

BUCKEYE SLEEPER?
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 (32-3 overall)
No. 19 Moritz Baumann (Wisconsin) – 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
No. 21 Ashley Watling (Tulsa) – 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
No. 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 (26-4 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. 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. 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 (19-15 overall)
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 7-6, 6-3
No. 78 Mihai Nichifor (Columbia) – 6-1, 6-2
Dino Marcan (21-6 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 (31-6 overall)
No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Matt Allare (22-5 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 236-67 (.779) 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 leads the conference in weekly awards after picking up five laurels earlier this year (Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 9, March 16, 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.

UP NEXT
Following the Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes will prepare for the 2010 NCAA Team Championship.

NCAA TOURNAMENT SELECTION SHOW
Following the 2010 Big Ten Tournament, the journey to host-site Athens, Ga., begins with the 2010 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s tennis selection announcements, airing between 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 on ESPNews. The team brackets will be posted on the NCAA websites (www.NCAA.com and www.NCAA.org) at 3 p.m.

NOTING THE TY TUCKER ERA (as of April 27)
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 Coach of the Year honors(2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
  • has had the No. 1 ranked singles player three times — Jeremy Wurtzman in 2004, Steven Moneke in 2007, Bryan Koniecko 2009
  • has won 286 matches against 50 defeats (.851)
  • 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, Vincent Ng from 2000-03; 146 Steven Moneke from 2006-2009)
  • has had four players set the program’s career doubles wins record (Bryan Koniecko with 125 from 2006-2009; Drew Eberly with 118 from 2005-08; Ross Wilson with 118 from 2003-06; Scott Green with 117 from 2003-06)
  • has had three players set the school record for career combined singles and doubles wins (261, Justin Kronauge from 2007-present; 254, Bryan Koniecko from 2006-2009; 208, 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 (13-0 in the Big Ten)
  • has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 118-consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
  • attained program’s best ranking (No. 1) Jan. 6 – Feb. 19, 2008
  • has won 108 consecutive home matches (April 6, 2003 to present)
  • has won 37 consecutive Big Ten home matches
  • has won 62 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 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, 2009 and 2010 Big Ten Championships