COLUMBUS, Ohio The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team returns to action after collecting a pair of wins last weekend. The Buckeyes (20-1; 3-0 Big Ten) travel to No. 39 Indiana for a 1:30 p.m. match Wednesday. The match will be played at the Indiana University Varsity Tennis Courts. Ohio State then returns home for three contests this weekend.
The Buckeyes will host a doubleheader against Northwestern and Toledo at noon and 6 p.m., Friday. Ohio State then welcomes No. 35 Wisconsin for a noon match Sunday. All three matches will be played at Ohio State’s outdoor facility, Stickney Tennis Center.
The Scarlet and Gray claimed a pair of road victories last weekend. The Buckeyes traveled to No. 27 Notre Dame March 28, and downed the Irish by a 6-1 score. Ohio State then went to No. 70 Michigan State and dispatched the Spartans, 6-1.
200 AND COUNTING
Ohio State head coach Ty Tucker claimed his 200th career victory against Minnesota March 9 in Minneapolis, Minn. Tucker also captured his 80th Big Ten Conference win against No. 47 Iowa March 7 in Iowa City, Iowa. For his career, Tucker owns a 206-46 record and 88-16 in the league.
STREAKING IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes have won 29-consecutive Big Ten matches. Ohio State has recorded 10-0 records in regular-season play the last two years. In addition, the Scarlet and Gray has claimed the last two Big Ten tournament titles.
BIG TEN RANKINGS
Eight of eleven teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked in the ITA Top 75.
2. Ohio State
43. Penn State
70. Michigan State
SUCCESS AGAINST THE BEST
Ohio State is 14-1 against teams ranked in the ITA top 75. The Buckeyes have collected wins against No. 5 Ole Miss, No. 6 USC, No. 2 Georgia and No. 9 Baylor. Ohio State’s lone loss came at the hands of No. 1 Virginia in the final of the 2008 ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 18 in Seattle, Wash.
A LOOK AT NO. 39 INDIANA
No. 44 Indiana is 12-4 and 2-1 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers have won two consecutive Big Ten matches (Minnesota and Michigan State) by a 4-3 score after losing to Louisville by the same margin. Indiana will host three Big Ten matches in five days, beginning with Ohio State Wednesday.
Senior Thomas Richter leads the way for the Crimson and Cream. He is 3-2 against players ranked in the ITA Top 100.
BUCKEYES VS. HOOSIERS
The Buckeyes are 39-39 against the Hoosiers. Ohio State has won the last seven meetings, including a 6-1 decision last season in Columbus. Ty Tucker is 7-1 against the Hoosiers in his career.
A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
Northwestern is 7- 1overall and 0-5 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats have lost seven of their last eight matches heading into its match against the Buckeyes on Friday.
BUCKEYES VS. WILDCATS
The Buckeyes are 38-43 against the Wildcats. However, Ohio State has won nine of the last 10 meetings, including a 4-0 decision last season in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind. Northwestern last beat the Buckeyes in 2005.
A LOOK AT TOLEDO
Toledo is 14-9 on the season and 2-0 in the Mid-America Conference. The Rockets have won six of their last seven matches entering their match Friday against the Buckeyes.
Jared Miller and Chris Clark were named the Mid-America Conference’s Player of the Week Feb. 6 and March 19, respectively.
BUCKEYES VS. ROCKETS
Ohio State is 23-2 all-time against Toledo. The Buckeyes are 7-0 against the Rockets under head coach Ty Tucker. Six of the seven wins have been by a 7-0 score.
A LOOK AT NO. 35 WISCONSIN
Wisconsin is 12-7 on the season, and 4-1 in the Big Ten. The Badgers have won eight of their last 10 matches entering into their match against the Buckeyes.
The Badgers are led by sophomore No. 44 Moritz Baumann. Nolan Polley comes in at No. 100 and Marek Michalicka is No. 113. Jeremy Sonkin and Luke Rassow-Kantor are the nation’s 49th-ranked doubles team.
BUCKEYES VS. BADGERS
Ohio State is 33-32 all-time against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are 11-0 against the Badgers under head coach Ty Tucker. The two teams met last season in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., with Ohio State claiming the win, 4-0.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 2 Ohio State claimed a pair of road victories last weekend. The Buckeyes traveled to No. 27 Notre Dame March 28, and downed the Irish by a 6-1 score. Ohio State then went to No. 70 Michigan State and dispatched the Spartans, 6-1.
IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State currently sits atop the Big Ten standings with a 20-1 record. The Buckeyes also boast the best winning percentage (.952) in the league.
With his 3-0 record, junior Steven Moneke is No. 1 in the league in singles wins at the No. 1 spot. Moneke is tied for the lead at No. 3 singles with a 5-0 record. Freshman Matt Allare owns the top spot at Nos. 5 and 6 singles with 11-0 and 4-0 records, respectively.
In doubles action, Bryan Koniecko and Moneke are tied for first at No. 2 doubles with a 10-0 record.
2008 ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOORS RECAP
Ohio State advanced to the final of the 2008 ITA National Team Indoors Championship as the No. 3 seed. The Buckeyes beat No. 35 Boise State (4-0) in the first round, No. 6 USC (4-1) in the quarterfinals, 2007 champion and No. 2 Georgia (4-1) in the semifinals, before falling to No. 1 Virginia (4-1) in the final. It was the second-consecutive year Ohio State advanced to the final of the national tournament.
Three Buckeyes were named to the All-Tournament singles team. Junior Steven Moneke was named to the No. 2 singles spot, while freshman Matt Allare and senior Drew Eberly were named at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Eberly and sophomore Justin Kronauge were named to the All-Tournament doubles team at the No. 2 spot.
AGAINST THE BEST
Sophomore Justin Kronauge is 14-4 against opponents who are nationally ranked in the ITA/NCAA Division I polls. For the season, Kronauge owns a 24-7 record.
Justin Kronauge Wins vs. Ranked Opponents in 2007-08
No. 109 Dylan Arnould (Duke), 6-3, 6-1
No. 72 Milan Mihailovic (Texas), 6-0, 6-1
No. 58 Nate Schnugg (Georgia), 4-6, 7-6, 6-4
No. 42 Billy Mertz (Alabama), 7-5, 6-2
No. 38 Clancy Shields (Boise State), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
No. 41 Raoul Schwark (Minnesota), 6-2, 6-3
No. 67 Ricardo Soriano (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-4
No. 30 Sheeva Parbhu (Notre Dame), 6-4, 6-4
No. 51 Thomas Richter (Indiana), 7-5, 6-3
No. 6 Bryan Koniecko (Ohio State), 7-6, 6-3
No. 98 David Rosenfeld (Miami, Fla.) 6-4, 6-2
No. 66 Omar Altmann (Pepperdine) 6-1, 6-0
No. 64 Cory Parr (Wake Forest) 7-5, 6-3
No. 17 Lars Poershcke (Baylor) 1-6, 5-5 (retired)
Justin Kronauge, ranked 17th in the nation, leads the Buckeyes in singles wins with 24 (seven losses). So far, Kronauge is 11-4 in dual action with 1-1 and 4-0 records at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions, respectvely. He is 6-3 at No. 1 singles.
The pair of Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko lead the team in doubles wins with 21 (three losses). The Buckeye tandem has a dual match record of 16-1 so far this season.
THE BIG TEN’S BEST
Steven Moneke was named the Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week March 26. It marked the fifth time this season an Ohio State student-athlete claimed the award, the most in the Big Ten. Sophomore Justin Kronauge has won the weekly laurel twice this season (Feb. 13 and March 12). Senior Drew Eberly earned the honor Feb. 20. Before Eberly and Kronauge garnered the accolades, freshman Matt Allare captured the honor Feb. 6, marking three-consecutive weeks a Buckeyes garnered the weekly award.
Head coach Ty Tucker has the led the Buckeyes to 20 or more wins in eight of nine complete seasons at Ohio State. Last year marked a record-breaking year for the Buckeyes as they compiled a 30-2 record for the first time in school history.
BUCKEYE INDIVIDUALS RANKED HIGH
Ohio State sophomore Justin Kronauge, the 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is the top-ranked Buckeye singles player in the nation at No. 17. In addition to Kronauge, juniors Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke are ranked Nos. 18 and 33, respectively. Senior Drew Eberly comes in at No. 112.
The Buckeyes also have two doubles teams ranked in the national Top 25. Eberly and Kronauge come in at No. 5. Freshman Matt Allare and sophomore Mike O’Connell are ranked No. 25.
HOME SWEET HOME
Ohio State extended its home win streak to 65 matches after winning its match against No. 19 Virginia Commonwealth March 23.
The winning streak dates back to the 2003 season beginning with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6. In 2007, for the fourth-consecutive season, Ohio State went undefeated at its home courts, going 15-0.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Buckeyes travel to Illinois for a noon match up April 12 in Champaign, Ill. Ohio State then closes out its final regular-season road trip with a noon match against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.