COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team returned to action Wednesday after nine days since its last match and beat No. 9 Baylor, 4-2, at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. The Buckeye win snapped the Bears’ 19-match home win streak. Ohio State is now 12-1 on the year, while Baylor drops to 9-3.
The Buckeyes now lead the all-time series against the Bears, 2-1 and is 70-5 in its last 75 matches, including in the postseason.
For just the third time this season, Ohio State failed to win the doubles point. The 13th-ranked pair of Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke beat David Galic and Jordan Rux, 8-3, at the top singles spot.
Lars Poerschke and Denes Lukacs downed freshmen Shuhei Uzawa and Matt Allare at No. 3 doubles by an 8-3 score. Baylor clinched the doubles point when No. 5 Drew Eberly and Justin Kronauge were upset by Dominik Mueller and Attila Bucko, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles.
The Buckeyes battled back and claimed the four singles wins needed to rally for the victory. The wins came at the Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 6 singles spots.
No. 29 Moneke secured the first win for Ohio State. The junior from Alten-Busick, Germany, downed the 57th-ranked Galic 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 3 singles spot. No. 14 Kronauge was awarded his match at the top singles spot after No. 17 Poerschke had to withdraw from the match because of injury.
Baylor evened the score at 2-2 when Mueller upset No. 80 Eberly at No. 4 singles by a 6-2, 6-2 margin. Allare pulled the Buckeyes back in front with his win at No. 5 singles against Baylor’s Gwen Corches. The Mason, Ohio, native won 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Balazs Novak beat Rux, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 6 singles to seal the match for Ohio State.
Eberly was pleased with the way his teammates rallied to win the match.
“I’m really happy with the way our guys fought out there today,” Eberly said. This was one of the strangest dual matches I’ve ever been a part of. Our younger guys really stepped up when we needed them. This is a really good win in a tough environment too.”
Ohio State begins the defense of its consecutive Big Ten Championships when it takes on Iowa at 4 p.m. March 7 in Iowa City.
No. 2 Ohio State 4, No. 9 Baylor 2
Baylor Tennis Center
Feb. 27, 2008
1. No. 14 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. No. 17 Lars Poerschke (BU) 1-6, 5-5 (retired)
2. No. 15 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) vs. No. 12 Denes Lukacs (BU) 2-6, 5-5 (unfinished)
3. No. 29 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. No. 57 David Galic (BU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. No. 80 Drew Eberly (OSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Gwen Corches (BU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Jordan Rux (BU) 6-0, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 4, 5, 6
1. No. 13 Bryan Koniecko/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU), 8-3
2. Dominik Mueller/Attila Bucko (BU) def. No. 5 Justin Kronauge/Drew Eberly (OSU), 8-5
3. Lars Poerschke/Denes Lukacs (BU) def. Shuhei Uzawa/Matt Allare (OSU), 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2