COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 10 Baylor, 7-0, Sunday at the Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Sophomore Matt Allare claimed the match for the Buckeyes at No. 5 singles, defeating Maros Horny in a three-set comeback 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0. Allare has now won 12-consecutive singles matches for the 2009 spring season.
Under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes (13-1; 1-0 Big Ten) have now won 80-consecutive home matches, dating back to the 2003 season. The Scarlet and Gray improve to 3-1 in the all-time series against the Bears and have won the last three meetings.
Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa won the first doubles match, 8-2, against Attila Bucko and Marc Bruche at No. 3 doubles. The Buckeye duo improves to 4-0 overall on the season. At Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, the two teams battled fiercely as the Bears looked to make a comeback and take the last two matches and the doubles point.
However, Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge managed to go up a break point in the 15th game against David Galic and Jordan Rux, making the score 8-7 in the Scarlet and Gray favor. With the crowd on its feet, the 2008 ITA Buckeye All-Americans went on to take the match, 9-7, and claim the doubles point for the Buckeyes. The two move to 5-2 in dual play.
At No. 2 doubles, Matt Allare and Balazs Novak won their fourth-consecutive match paired together winning, 9-7, against Denes Lukacs and Horny.
In singles, Kronauge, ranked 23rd in the latest ITA standings, defeated Dominik Mueller in straight sets 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3 singles. The win puts Kronauge at 21-6 overall on the season and a perfect 7-0 when playing at the No. 3 slot.
The Buckeyes took a 3-0 advantage over the Bears after No. 4 Koniecko defeated No. 38 Rux 6-3, 6-4, at No. 2 singles. The win moves Koniecko to sole possession of fourth on the all-time career singles list with 114 triumphs. Koniecko passed Mike Massie (1983-86:113 wins) and is now 22-2 overall in singles.
At No. 1 singles, No. 23 Moneke defeated No. 10 Lukacs 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and put the Buckeyes one match away from the sweep. Moneke has now won 13-consecutive matches this season and has 123 career singles wins; three away from tying Roger Smith (1983-86), second on the all-time career singles wins list.
After dropping the first set, No. 82 Uzawa took two-consecutive sets over Bruche, winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6 singles. No. 63 Novak defeated Bucko 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-5) and clinched the sweep for the Buckeyes at No. 4. Novak is now 11-1 in dual matches, while Uzawa moves to 10-3 in singles dual competition.
Ohio State heads to State College, Pa., to face No. 46 Penn State for its second Big Ten dual match of the 2009 spring season.
Tennis Match Final Results
Baylor vs. Ohio State
March 1, 2009 at Ohio State
The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
#3 Ohio State 7, #10 Baylor 0
1. #22 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. #10 Denes Lukacs (BU) – 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
2. #4 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. #38 Jordan Rux (BU) -6-3, 6-4
3. #23 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Dominik Mueller (BU) – 6-1, 6-0
4. #63 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Attila Bucko (BU) – 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-5)
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Maros Horny (BU) – 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0
6. #82 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Marc Bruche (BU) – 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
1. Justin Kronauge/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) – 9-7
2. Matt Allare/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) – 9-7
3. Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Attila Bucko/Marc Bruche (BU) – 8-2
Baylor 8-4; National ranking #10
Ohio State 13-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,5,6,1,4)
Official: Vince Solomon