COLUMBUS, Ohio Returning to its home venue, the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center, for the first time in 11 matches, the second-ranked Buckeye men’s tennis team dropped No. 27 Virginia Commonwealth, 7-0, Sunday afternoon. Ohio State improves to 18-1 overall, while VCU drops to 12-5 on the season.
Winning 65-consecutive home matches, the Buckeyes improve to 76-5 in their last 81 contests, including the postseason. The Scarlet and Gray’s winning streak in Columbus dates back to 2003.
With the win over the No. 27 Rams, Ohio State moves to 12-1 against ranked teams in 2008, including victories over the Nos. 2 (Georgia), 5 (Ole Miss), 6 (USC) and 9 (Baylor) teams in the country.
Against Virginia Commonwealth, Ohio State made quick work in doubles action as they swept the Rams in a one, two, three order. The No. 25-ranked duo of Matt Allare and Mike O’Connell defeated No. 51 Emil Lindgren and Sebastien Ripoll, 8-2, at the No. 1 spot.
The tandem of Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko, ranked 29th in the country, gave up only one game en route to their 8-1 victory against Thibaut Charron and Stepan Siska.
Justin Kronauge and Shuhei Uzawa paired up at No. 3 doubles and closed out the sweep with an 8-2 triumph over Georges Israel and Damien Lacombe.
Heading into singles action with a 1-0 lead, the Buckeyes continued their dominance, winning all singles matches in straight sets.
Allare, a freshman from Mason, Ohio, dispatched Georges Israel at No. 5 singles (6-2, 6-4) to push Ohio State ahead, 2-0.
Classmate Uzawa, a native of Chiba, Japan, followed suit, dropping Siska 6-2, 6-1 at the fourth spot.
Kronauge, a sophomore out of Centerville, Ohio, who is ranked No. 19, clinched the match for the Scarlet and Gray at No. 3 singles as he shut out Lindgren, 6-0, in the first set before winning 7-6 in the second set.
Despite Ohio State already securing the win, the two teams continued play at Nos. 1, 2 and 6 singles.
Alten-Busick, Germany, native Moneke faced the lone ranked VCU player in No. 98 Lacombe at the No. 1 spot. The Buckeye junior, who is No. 27, dropped Lacombe 6-1, 6-4.
At No. 2 singles, the 24th-ranked native of Long Island, N.Y., Koniecko posted a pair of 6-3, 6-3 sets in his victory over Charron.
Wrapping up play at No. 6 singles was freshman Balazs Novak of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary. Novak handed Ripoll a 6-1, 6-2 loss.
The Buckeyes return to the road when they face No. 32 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. March 28 in Notre Dame, Ind. Ohio State returns to Big Ten Conference play March 30 when it takes on No. 73 Michigan State at noon in East Lansing and No. 38 Indiana at 1:30 p.m. April 2 in Bloomington.
No. 27 Virginia Commonwealth vs. No. Ohio State
March 23, 2008
OSU Varsity Tennis Center
1. No. 27 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. No. 98 Damien Lacombe (VCU) 6-1, 6-4
2. No. 24 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Thibaut Charron (VCU) 6-3, 6-3
3. No. 19 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Emil Lindgren (VCU) 6-0, 7-6
4. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Stepan Siska (VCU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Georges Israel (VCU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Sebastien Ripoll (VCU) 6-1, 6-2
1. No. 25 Matt Allare/Mike O’Connell (OSU) def. No. 51 Emil Lindgren/Sebastien Ripoll (VCU) 8-2
2. No. 29 Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Thibaut Charron/Stepan Siska (VCU) 8-1
3. Justin Kronauge/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Georges Israel/Damien Lacombe (VCU) 8-2
Virginia Commonwealth 12-5; National ranking No. 27
Ohio State 18-1; National ranking No. 2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,3,1,2,6)