COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the eve of the No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team’s 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 Friday. 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.

A senior co-captain, Kronauge has begun to wrap up his career in impressive fashion. A two-time All-American, Kronauge has shattered or is en route to surpassing several program records since his arrival to campus four seasons ago. Currently with 269 career victories, Kronauge is Ohio State’s all-time combined singles and doubles wins leader. He also is just one win shy of tying the all-time singles and doubles wins records. He has 145 singles wins and 124 doubles victories. Furthermore, Kronauge, a three-time unanimous All-Big Ten recipient, is just the third Buckeye to have at least 100 singles and 100 doubles wins. He also became just the sixth Ohio State men’s tennis player to reach 100 doubles wins.

Named to the 2009 NCAA All-Tournament Team at No. 3 singles, Kronauge currently boasts a 23 match win streak, which is tops on the team. He also owns a team-lead 34 wins (3 losses) as he is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week recipient in 2010. As part of the 2010 senior class, Kronauge owns four Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, a 133-7 record, has not lost more than two regular-season matches in any season, has not lost back-to-back matches in any season, part of the program’s only NCAA Championships final appearance and two quarterfinals appearances. He also has contributed 51 wins to Ohio State’s 108-match home win streak. Other streaks include a 52-0 Big Ten Conference record and 12-0 mark in the Big Ten Conference Tournament.
Just a sophomore, Buchanan was named the 2010 Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Year following an exceptional campaign so far in which he has helped Ohio State compile a 32-1 overall record and win its fifth consecutive Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles. A native of New Albany, Ohio, Buchanan began the season ranked 103rd in the ITA standings and since then has climbed 95 spots to No. 8 in the nation. A six-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week award recipient in 2010, Buchanan owns a 19-match win streak, which is second on the team only to Kronauge’s 23. He currently boasts a 28-4 overall record, including a 23-1 mark at No. 1 singles. He also has beat 17 nationally-ranked opponents, including two Top 10 opponents at the top of the lineup.

The 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Tucker has earned four Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors since taking over the helm in 1999. Under Tucker, the Buckeyes have:

  • 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 121-consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
  • attained the 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 65 consecutive Big Ten matches dating back to 2005
  • earned 10 regular-season Big Ten Conference victories, five times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010)
  • had 11 consecutive 20-win seasons (a school record)
  • been to 11-consecutive NCAA team tournaments, second in the Big Ten only to Illinois’ 15

A tireless volunteer assistant to Tucker, Schilling also donates his time to the Serve and Return Club in Central Ohio. He also runs a camp for underprivileged children in the greater Columbus area. With Ohio State, he has helped 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). Furthermore, he has been instrumental in coaching three Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athletes of the Year (Ng, 2003, Koniecko, 2008 and 2009, Chase Buchanan, 2010) and three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year (Joey Atas, 2004, Koniecko, 2006 and Kronauge, 2007).

Other impressive Schilling notes include:

  • has assisted in coaching the No. 1 ranked singles player three times — Wurtzman in 2004, Moneke in 2007, Koniecko in 2009
  • has helped Ohio State win 289 matches against 50 defeats (.853)
  • has helped lead Ohio State to a 22-10 NCAA Tournament record
  • has assisted in the best single-season win percentage (2009) in school history (.947/36-2)
  • has helped mentor two players to school career singles wins records (132, Ng from 2000-03; 146, Moneke from 2006-2009)
  • has helped four players set the program’s career doubles wins record (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 helped  three players set the school record for career combined singles and doubles wins (269, Kronauge from 2007-present; 254, Koniecko from 2006-2009; 208, Wilson from 2003-06)

2010 ITA Midwest Region Honors
Ty Tucker – Coach of the Year
David Schilling – Assistant Coach of the Year
Justin Kronauge – Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year
Chase Buchanan – ITA Player to Watch

2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship
Columbus Region
Saturday and Sunday May 15-16
*Stickney Tennis Center

Saturday, May 15 – First Round        
10 a.m. – Michigan (13-10) vs. Denver (19-4)
1 p.m. – Ohio State (32-1) vs. Western Michigan (21-10)

Sunday, May 16 – Second Round
Noon – Winner from match 1 vs. winner from match 2

*(weather permitting – indoor venue The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center)