COLUMBUS, Ohio With temperatures reaching the upper 80’s, the No. 3-seed Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 25 Boise State, 4-0, Thursday in the Round of 16 at the 2009 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M University. The Buckeyes now move on to the quarterfinals for the fourth-consecutive season to take on No. 6-seed Baylor at 5 p.m. ET Saturday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

Ohio State (34-1; 13-0 Big Ten) improves its winning streak to 26-consecutive matches this season, shutting out 18 of their last 26 opponents. The Buckeyes are now 4-0 all-time against the Broncos, who advanced to the Round of 16 for only the second time in school history. Under current head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is now 20-9 overall in the NCAA play advancing as far as the quarterfinals in 2004, ’06, ’07, ’08 and now ’09.

“It was a good day and we came out and got the doubles point,” Tucker said. “We have to now get ready for our toughest match of the year against Baylor, who is one of the hottest teams in the country right now. They are only 90 miles from their home and they will bring a lot of people to support them. We need to be ready to fight and get the doubles point. When you’re in the quarterfinals, anyone you play is going to be tough.”

Senior tri-captain No. 9 Steven Moneke claimed the win for Ohio State at No. 2 singles after defeating No. 24 Clancy Shields 6-3, 6-3. Moneke, a Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist, improves to 38-4 this season and has won a program-record 139 singles victories in his four-year career at Ohio State.

In doubles, the Buckeyes managed to claim the important first point after winning the final doubles match of the afternoon at No. 2 doubles. No. 61 Balazs Novak and Moneke downed Shields and Stanley Sarapanich, 8-6, to give Ohio State the 1-0 advantage.

Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa won the first doubles match of the day with an 8-2 victory against Blane Shields and Matt Solomon at No. 3 doubles. The Buckeye duo leads the team in wins with a 21-1 overall record, winning the last 14 matches.

The Broncos evened the score to 1-1 after Justin Kronauge and Matt Allare lost, 8-5, to No. 43 Kean Feeder and James Meredith at No. 1 doubles.

In singles, No. 74 Balazs Novak defeated Sarapanich in straight sets 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5 singles to improve his overall record to 35-5 this season.

At No. 3 singles, No. 25 Kronauge won 6-2, 6-3 against No. 87 Meredith 6-2, 6-3, putting the Buckeyes just one point away from advancement in the tournament. Kronauge is now 38-7 overall with a 13-1 record at the third spot in the singles lineup.

The Buckeyes will now look to face the Bears for the second time for the 2008-09 campaign. Ohio State defeated Baylor, 7-0, March 1 in Columbus. 

Tennis Match Final Results
2009 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships
Men’s Round of 16
May 14, 2009
College Station, Texas
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
Hosted by Texas A&M University

No. 3 Ohio State 4, No. 25 Boise State 0

1. No. 3 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) vs. No. 72 Kean Feeder (BSU) 6-6, unfinished
2. No. 9 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. No. 24 Clancy Shields (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. No. 25 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. No. 87 James Meredith (BSU) 6-2, 6-3
4. No. 113 Matt Allare (OSU) vs. Cristian Hodel (BSU) 7-5, 4-4, unfinished
5. No. 74 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Chase Buchanan (OSU) vs. Blane Shields (BSU) 6-2, 3-5, unfinished

1. No. 43 Kean Feeder/James Meredith (BSU) def. Justin Kronauge/Matt Allare (OSU) 8-5
2. No. 61 Balazs Novak/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Clancy Shields/Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) 8-6
3. Shuhei Uzawa/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Blane Shields/Matt Solomon (BSU) – 8-2

Order of Finish:
Doubles: 3, 1, 2; Singles: 5, 3, 2

Match Notes:
Ohio State (34-1), National ranking #3
Boise State ( 24-9), National ranking #25