No. 3 Buckeyes win their 21st-consecutive match against No. 36 Badgers

COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 1-seed Ohio State men’s tennis team, currently ranked third in the nation, advanced to the semifinals of the 2009 Big Ten Tournament Friday after downing No. 8 seed Wisconsin, 4-0, at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes will now face host school and No. 4-seed Michigan at 10 a.m. Saturday as the quest for their fourth-consecutive tournament title continues in the 2009 postseason.

Ohio State (29-1; 11-0 Big Ten) is now 35-32 all-time against Wisconsin (16-10; 5-7 Big Ten). Under current head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are now a perfect 17-0 against the Badgers in 10 years at the helm of the program. Tucker earned his fourth-consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year laurel Thursday after leading the Buckeyes to its fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title. 

“It was a windy day out there and our guys fought hard,” Tucker said. “If the weather conditions stays like this, it wont be the best team that wins the championship but the team that competes the hardest.”

The Buckeyes have now won 21-consecutive matches this season, shutting out 16 of the last 20 opponents. In Big Ten play, Ohio State has recorded 51-consecutive league victories and is currently 102-5 in its last 107 league matches, including postseason play.

In doubles, Matt Allare and Balazs Novak won the first match of the day with an 8-5 victory against Michael Muskievicz and Michael Dierberger at No. 2 doubles. The Buckeye duo improves to 8-1 overall on the season.

Buckeye pair Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa claimed the doubles point for Ohio State, winning, 9-7, against Patrick Pohlmann and Luke Rassow-Kantor at No. 3 doubles. Koniecko and Uzawa are the hottest doubles pair for the Buckeyes improving to 17-1 overall with a 10-consecutive match win streak.

At No. 1 doubles in a Top 25 battle, No. 17 Steven Moneke and Balazs Novak had an unfinished match against No. 22 Moritz Baumann and Marek Michalicka. The Buckeye duo was up 8-7 against the Badger pair before doubles play ended.

In singles, No. 107 Allare improved his win streak to a team-high 26-consecutive matches, defeating Peter Marrack in straights sets, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 4 singles. Allare, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, is now 29-2 overall for the 2009 spring season.

Freshman Chase Buchanan, who joined Ohio State in the 2008 early signing period as the No. 1 ranked player in the nation, defeated Rassow-Kantor 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6 singles. The New Albany, Ohio, native is 7-3 overall, winning seven-consecutive matches this season.

At No. 5 singles, No. 70 Balazs Novak claimed the Buckeyes’ first postseason win of the 2008-09 season. Novak downed Dierberger, 6-3, 6-2, improving to 33-4 overall with a 19-match win streak.

The Top 3 singles positions all recorded unfinished matches. No. 3 Koniecko, who was received his second-consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Year honor Thursday, competed against No. 31 Baumann at No. 1 singles with a 4-6, 6-4 score.

No. 25 Kronauge was up 6-3, 2-2, against No. 55 Michalicka, while No. 9 Moneke was winning 7-6 (3) against Pohlmann at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. 

2009 Big Ten Conference Tournament
Tennis Match Final Results
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 36 Wisconsin
Day 2; Match 4
April 24, 2009 at Ann Arbor
Varsity Tennis Center

No. 1 seed Ohio State 4, No. 8 seed Wisconsin 0
No. 1 — #3 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) vs. #31 Moritz Baumann (WIS), 4-6, 6-4 (unfinished)
No. 2 — #25 Justin Kronauge (OSU) vs. #55 Marek Michalicka (WIS), 6-3, 2-2 (unfinished)
No. 3 — #9 Steven Moneke (OSU) vs. Patrick Pohlmann (WIS), 7-6(3) (unfinished)
No. 4 — #108 Matt Allare (OSU) d. Peter Marrack (WIS), 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 — #70 Balazs Novak (OSU) d. Michael Dierberger (WIS), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 — Chase Buchanan (OSU) d. Luke Rassow-Kantor (WIS), 6-1, 6-3

No. 1 — #17 Justin Kronauge/ Steven Moneke (OSU) vs. #22 Moritz Baumann/ Marek Michalicka (WIS), 8-7 (unfinished)
No. 2 Matt Allare/ Balazs Novak (OSU) d. Michael Dierberger/Michael Muskievicz (WIS), 8-5
No. 3 Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) d. Patrick Pohlmann/ Luke Rassow-Kantor (WIS), 9-7
Order of Completion: Doubles 2-3, Singles 4-6-5

Match Notes:
Ohio State 29-1; 11-0 Big Ten; National ranking No. 3
Wisconsin 16-10; 5-7 Big Ten; National ranking No. 36