May 18, 2019

Four Buckeyes Earn ITA Midwest Regional Honors


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State had another dominant season and the ITA Midwest Regional honors reflected that dominance as four Buckeyes took home regional awards.

Director of Tennis Ty Tucker was named the ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season and the eighth time in his career. He led their Buckeyes to their 14th consecutive Big Ten title and has won 57 matches in a row over Big Ten opponents. He was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year as well this season for the 13th time in his career.

Associate head coach Justin Kronauge picks up his fourth ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year. The award cannot be claimed in back-to-back season by the same coach as Kronauge has now won it in 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2019.

The team’s two senior captains were also honored as Martin Joyce was named the ITA Midwest Regional Senior Player of the Year and Hunter Tubert was named the ITA Midwest Regional Most Improved Senior.

Joyce has been ranked in the top-25 in doubles all spring including spending 7 weeks in the top-10. He was named to the ITA Indoor All-Tournament Team at No. 4 singles where he provided the clinching point in the championship match. Joyce currently has 206 career victories which is 11th in Ohio State history.

Tubert has a team-best 34-5 doubles record this season. He too was named to the ITA Indoor All-Tournament Team at both No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. He was a combined 13-11 in singles his first three seasons and was 21-7 this year alone. In doubles, he was 26-9 in doubles as a sophomore and has gone 65-10 over the last two years. Tubert holds a career doubles record of 102-20 and is just three wins away from the top-10 in school history.

Tubert and Joyce will combine next week to compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship. For Joyce, this is his third doubles championship as he earned All-America honors last year after finishing runner-up. For Tubert, this will be his first NCAA Doubles Championship.