2009 Men’s Tennis NCAA Team Championship
May 14-19
Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas

Round of 16
No. 3 Ohio State (33-1) vs. Boise State (24-8) 
4 p.m. ET Thursday

COLUMBUS, Ohio After hosting a regional site for the first and second rounds of the 2009 NCAA  Championships, the No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team will meet Boise State in the Round of 16 at 4 p.m. ET Thursday in College Station, Texas, hosted by the University of Texas A&M. It is the sixth time in program history the Buckeyes will compete in Round of 16 action at the NCAA championships (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009).
 Ohio State (33-1; 10-0 Big Ten), the No. 3 seed in the tournament, improved its win streak to 25-consecutive matches this season after advancing to the field of 16. With a win against the Broncos, the Buckeyes will look to advance to the quarterfinals for the fourth-consecutive season.
 The winner of the Ohio State-Boise State match will take on the winner of the Baylor-Wake Forest match in a quarterfinal matchup at 5 p.m. ET Saturday. 
 Live stats and updates will be available at A look at the total 64-team field, along with the singles and doubles competition brackets of the 2009 NCAA Championships are available at the NCAA websites ( and

 Ohio State made its way to Texas after defeating Xavier, 4-0, and Michigan, 4-1, as a host site for the first and second rounds last weekend in Columbus. The winner of the regional site then sealed its spot in the Round of 16 in Texas where the remainder of the championships will be competed. The Buckeyes defeated the Musketeers for the second time this season, while downing the Wolverines for the third time.
 Against Xavier, the Buckeyes improved to a perfect 8-0 all-time and hold a 16-3 all-time record against teams from the Atlantic 10. The Buckeyes defeated the Musketeers, 7-0, Jan. 21 in Columbus to begin the dual-match season.
 The final match point belonged to 6-foot-7 sophomore Matt Allare at No. 4 singles. Allare defeated Richard Canelas, 6-4, 6-1, improving his 2009 record to 31-2. The second-year Buckeye has now won 28-consecutive matches, which is the longest streak this season by any active member on the Scarlet and Gray squad.
 Against Michigan, Ohio State improved to 3-0 against the Maize and Blue in 2009 6-1 (April 5), 4-1 (Big Ten Tournament Semifinal), 4-1 (NCAA Second Round). Competing in 20 mile per hour winds, the Buckeyes jumped out to early leads in all three doubles matches, including 4-1 advantages at Nos. 1 and 3. Once again the pair of Justin Kronauge and Matt Allare was the first duo off the courts in the NCAA Columbus regional with its 8-3 win over Michigan’s Jason Jung and George Navas. Kronauge and Allare improved their doubles record to 14-5.
 Moneke clinched the Ohio State win courtesy of a second-set break in the 10th game of the set. The Buckeye opened play in domination fashion, winning 6-2. With both players on serve through the ninth game, Moneke was able to break Mazlin for the deciding victory. Moneke now is 37-4 overall this season with an 11-1 record at No. 2 singles. He became the program’s all-time career singles leader during the 2009 campaign and improved his record to 138 victories in his four-year term with the Buckeyes.
 Ohio State is seeded in the Top 4 of the 2009 NCAA Team Championship for the third-consecutive season. The Buckeyes are the No. 3 seed after No. 1 seed Virginia (31-0) and No. 2 seed Mississippi (26-2). The Georgia Bulldogs (24-3) sit at the No. 4 spot.
 First-and second-round competition was conducted May 8-9 with the winner of each site advancing to the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M University. The team championship will be held Thursday-Tuesday.
 The NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Subcommittee also selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships. The singles and doubles competition will be held May 20-25 in College Station following the conclusion of the team championship.

 Three members of the team were selected for the singles and doubles competition of the 2009 NCAA Championships May 20-25, in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M University.
 In singles, senior tri-captain Bryan Koniecko, the 2009 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, received one of 16 automatic qualifications in the tournament, while senior tri-captain Steven Moneke and junior Justin Kronauge received at-large bids.
 In doubles, Ohio State has one pair among the field of 32 teams in the championship. Moneke and Kronauge received an automatic qualification.
 Koniecko, Moneke and Kronauge received All-Big Ten selections this season after helping the Buckeyes to a perfect 10-0 mark in league play.

 In NCAA action under 10th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have compiled a 19-9 record, advancing as far as the quarterfinals in 2004, ’06, ’07 and ’08. Tucker has coached nine singles and seven doubles NCAA championship participants. Last time out in 2008, the Buckeyes advanced to the quarterfinals for the third-consecutive year before falling to Texas, 4-2, in Tulsa, Okla.

 After Illinois dominated the league the previous nine years, the Buckeyes were able to climb their way to the top of the Big Ten regular season and tournament standings in 2006 and have remained there since winning the last four conference tournament titles.
 Under current head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have won five of the seven Big Ten tournament titles since he took charge of the program during the 1999-2000 campaign. The Buckeyes have claimed six Big Ten tournament titles since tennis officially became a varsity sport at Ohio State in 1912.
 This season, the Buckeyes defeated Illinois, 4-1, in the final in Ann Arbor, Mich. Down 1-0 after dropping the doubles point, the Buckeyes won four-consecutive singles matches for the win.   Sophomore Balazs Novak claimed the clinching point for Ohio State at No. 5 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Illini Abe Souza. Novak, a native of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, is now 34-5 in singles after going a perfect 10-0 in Big Ten play this season.
 Ohio State is 32-54-1 against No. 14 Illinois. However under Tucker, the Buckeyes have won five-consecutive matches against the Illini, winning nine of the last 10 meetings. Ohio State’s four-consecutive tournament titles have all been claimed in the tournament final against Illinois.
 Last season, Ohio State defeated Illinois, 4-3, at the final in Iowa City. The Buckeyes finished the 2007-08 campaign with a program-high 35 wins (two losses), going a perfect 10-0 in league play.
 In 2007, Ohio State had another record-breaking year, winning 30 times during the season and only claiming two losses. The Buckeyes finished the season 10-0 in the conference after defeating Illinois in the tournament final, 4-1, in West Lafayette, Ind.
 The 2006 campaign started the Buckeyes’ reign at the top of the league standings. Ohio State defeated Illinois, 4-3, in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes finished the regular season 28-2 overall and 10-0 in conference play.

 Ohio State won its fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title after shutting out then-No. 30 Wisconsin, 7-0, April 19 at the Stickney Tennis Center on senior day in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes finished the regular-season with a perfect 10-0 record in regular season league action for the fourth-consecutive year to earn their sixth Big Ten regular-season crown in program history.
 As a team, Ohio State was 58-2 overall in singles and 26-4 in doubles matches in conference play in 2009. Five members were perfect through the conference in singles, including senior tri-captains Steven Moneke (10-0) and Bryan Koniecko (10-0).  
 The sophomore class also showed its strength with Balazs Novak (10-0), Matt Allare (9-0) and Shuhei Uzawa (5-0) owning clean slates in conference action while junior Justin Kronauge recorded just one loss as he went 9-1 in the Big Ten regular season.
 In doubles, two Buckeye duos owned perfect league ledgers with at least five victories. Koniecko and Uzawa led Ohio State with an 8-0 record, while Kronauge and Moneke were 5-0. 

 The Buckeyes head into the 2009 NCAA Round of 16 winning their last 23 dual matches of the season while shutting out 17 of their last 25 opponents, including No. 6 Baylor (7-0), No. 7 UCLA (4-0), No. 28 LSU (7-0), No. 29 Notre Dame (7-0), No. 32 Wisconsin (twice; 7-0, 4-0), No. 33 Minnesota (7-0), No. 42 Northwestern (7-0), No. 48 Indiana (7-0), No. 55 Penn State (7-0) and No. 62 Iowa (7-0). On its way to its fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title, Ohio State claimed sole possession of first place in the conference with a perfect 8-0 record after defeating then-No. 11 Illinois, 6-1, April 12 for the fourth-consecutive time.

 Ohio State (33-1) is ranked third in the nation with 27 wins over ranked opponents: No. 6 Baylor, No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 Kentucky, No. 13 Illinois, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 17 Pepperdine (twice), No. 18 Wake Forest, No. 26 Virginia Tech, No. 27 Washington, No. 28 LSU, No. 29 Notre Dame, No. 32 Wisconsin, No. 33 Minnesota, No. 35 Michigan (three times), No. 37 North Carolina, No. 42 Northwestern, No. 48 Indiana, No. 55 Penn State, No. 62 Iowa, and No. 65 Stetson.
 Ohio State was 14-0 at home, while going 13-0 on the road in dual competition. The Buckeyes are 6-1 at a neutral site after participating in the 2009 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago and the 2009 Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor. 
 Under 10th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes now have been ranked in the Top 25 in the ITA rankings for nine-consecutive years. For the past two seasons, Ohio State has earned a preseason ranking of No. 3 and finished third behind Georgia and Virginia both in 2007 and 08. In 2009, the Buckeyes received a No. 1 preseason ranking.

 The Buckeyes had six members listed in the latest ITA singles and doubles polls announced April 27. In singles, Bryan Koniecko is No. 3, while Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge are Nos. 9 and 25, respectively. Sophomore Balazs Novak sits at No. 74 in singles and classmate Shuhei Uzawa is No. 98. Rounding out the list for Ohio State is Matt Allare who is No. 113. The Buckeyes are the only program in Division I to list two members in the Top 10 and also three players ranked in the Top 25.
 In doubles, Ohio State ranks two pairs in the latest ITA rankings. Moneke and Kronauge stand as the 14th-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, while Moneke and Novak are No. 61.

 With wins against Xavier (4-0) and Michigan (4-1) in the NCAA First and Second Rounds May 8-9, Ohio State has now won a school-record 89-consecutive home matches dating back to the 2002-03 season. No other Big Ten team in any sport has won as many contests in a row at home. The Buckeyes won all 16 home competitions this season, marking the sixth-consecutive year it has achieved perfection on its home courts. The streak began in 2003 with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6.

 The Boise State men’s tennis team, ranked 25th in the latest ITA polls, earned one of the biggest upsets in program history after defeating No. 14 Alabama on its home courts. The Broncos (24-8) defeated Alabama, 4-3, to advance to the Round of 16 for only the second time in school history. Boise State advanced the farthest in program history in 1997 where it finished in a tie for fifth-place. The Broncos hold a 9-13 record in NCAA matches.
 Boise State has won 13 of the last 14 matches this season after losing to Alabama, 4-0, March 21 in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos defeated No. 57 Middle Tennessee State in the first round, 4-0, before taking on Alabama for the second time this season.
 The Broncos have a few milestones to strive for over the next week with senior Clancy Shields sitting only three wins away from hitting 100 career singles wins. He is also only four wins short of 90 in his career doubles record. Head coach Greg Patton is nearing his 300th win at Boise State holding a 297-98 record while also sitting just one win away from the 650 win mark in his overall coaching career.

 The Broncos boast three nationally ranked singles players, No. 24 Clancy Shields, No. 72 Kean Feeder and No. 87 James Meredith. Feeder and Meredith join as the 43rd-ranked doubles team in the country.

 The Buckeyes are 3-0 all-time against the Broncos. Their most recent win over the Broncos came just last season at the ITA Team Indoor Championships (Feb. 14, 2008) with a 4-0 sweep of Boise State.

 Head coach Ty Tucker has 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 35-2 record, earning the most wins in a single season in school history.
 The Buckeyes have won 30 or more matches the past two seasons and have garnered 33 victories so far in 2009.

 Two Buckeye members lead the team for the most wins on the season with 37 victories in Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge. Moneke is 37-4 overall this season with a 28-1 dual-match record, while Kronauge is 37-7 with a 26-4 dual-match mark.
 In doubles, the Buckeye pair of Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa leads the team in doubles wins with 20. The duo is 20-1 in dual matches this season and is 8-1 at No. 2 doubles. Koniecko and Uzawa have won 13-consecutive doubles matches.

 Senior Bryan Koniecko is 24-5 against opponents ranked in the ITA/NCAA Division I poll. For the season, Koniecko, currently third in the latest ITA standings, owns a 35-5 overall record.

Bryan Koniecko Wins vs. Ranked Opponents in 2008-09:
No. 121 Marc Dwyer (Northwestern), 6-2, 6-1
No. 116 Slavko Bijelica (Purdue), 6-4, 6-4
No. 99 Kellen Damico (Texas), 6-4, 7-5
No. 92 Nicolas Delgado (Virginia Tech), 6-4, 6-0
No. 91 Patrik Fischer (Washington), 6-1, 7-5
No. 85 Lachlan Ferguson (Indiana), 6-1, 6-4
No. 79 Marc Spicijaric (Illinois), 6-4, 6-1
No. 75 Marc Spicijaric (Illinois), 6-3, 6-4
No. 63 Marc Spicijaric (Illinois), 6-2, 6-2
No. 62 Ishay Hadash (Minnesota) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
No. 51 Haythem Abid (UCLA), 6-1, 6-2
No. 50 Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin), 6-1, 7-5
No. 49 Jordan Rux (Baylor), 6-3, 6-4
No. 40 Austen Childs (Louisville), 7-5, 6-0
No. 36 Clay Donato (North Carolina), 6-3, 7-5
No. 27 Bassam Beidas (Pepperdine), 6-0, 6-2
No. 27 Bassam Beidas (Pepperdine), 6-4, 6-4
No. 26 Cory Parr (Wake Forest), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 23 Sanam Singh (Virginia), 2-6, 7-6, 6-1
No. 21 Justin Kronauge (Ohio State), 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
No. 21 Justin Kronauge Ohio State), 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
No. 16 Conor Pollock (Texas A&M), 7-5, 7-6 (3)
No. 8 Steven Moneke (Ohio State), 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
No. 2 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (Oklahoma State), 6-2, 6-2

 Several Buckeyes enter the NCAA Round of 16 in College Station, Texas, with winning streaks in singles and doubles play. Sophomore Matt Allare leads the way for Ohio State with a team-high 28-consecutive singles wins during the 2009 spring season, while tri-captain Bryan Koniecko has won 16-consecutive doubles matches.

Player  Win Streak 
Matt Allare  28 
Steven Moneke  14 
Shuhei Uzawa  10 
Chase Buchanan 





Player  Win Streak 
Bryan Koniecko  16 
Shuhei Uzawa  13 




 Six members of the team have won 20 or more singles matches. Junior Justin Kronauge (37), seniors Steven Moneke (37 and Bryan Koniecko (35), and sophomores Balazs Novak (34), Matt Allare (31) and Shuhei Uzawa (25) have all won at least 20 singles matches this season.
 Koniecko and Moneke have a combined dual match record of 52-5, while Kronauge is 26-4 in dual action.
 Uzawa, a native of Chiba, Japan, has been impressive in his second season for the Buckeyes with a 25-6 overall record and 12-1 mark at No. 6 singles. The sophomore surpassed his freshman record of 21 triumphs this year, while classmate Novak hit the 30-win mark for the first time in his collegiate career.
 Allare, who has won 28-consecutive matches in the 2009 spring season, is 31-2 overall and has earned seven more wins as a sophomore than he did a season ago.

 Senior tri-captains Ty Schaub, Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko were honored after the Wisconsin match April 19 on senior day as the Buckeyes received their fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season trophy. The 2009 senior class has won four Big Ten regular-season titles and four Big Ten tournament titles since joining the team in 2005-06.
 “It’s a sad day to see those three guys play some of their last home matches for Ohio State,” Ty Tucker, head coach, said. “At the same time, they’ve done a good job of helping to raise the program by taking it more seriously in each match. We start a new season now with championship season beginning and we just want to try to give our best performance possible out there. When you play around 35 matches in a season, sometimes you are not going to play your best, but as long as we continue to get quality guys like Ty, Steven and Bryan, we are going to be successful because they’ve played with heart.”
 Schaub, Moneke and Koniecko never lost at home in their four years at Ohio State and have won more matches than any other class in program history. The 2009 senior class has a 124-7 record (.947), advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals three-consecutive years. 

 Bryan Koniecko, a senior tri-captain on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, garnered his second-consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Year honor, while head coach Ty Tucker earned his fourth-consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year laurel April 23 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Joining Koniecko on the 2009 All-Big Ten Team were Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge. Senior tri-captain Ty Schaub received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State. 
 With the athlete of the year honor, Koniecko became the first Buckeye and just the third Big Ten student-athlete to earn the conference’s top honor in back-to-back seasons. A season ago, the Syosset, N.Y., native became just the second Ohio State men’s tennis player to receive the accolade, joining Vince Ng who received the award in 2003. Currently ranked third in the nation by the ITA, Koniecko was a perfect 10-0 in singles and doubles during the Big Ten season. In 2008-09, the four-time All-Big Ten honoree set the Ohio State all-time program record for career doubles wins with 119 victories and tops the school’s all-time combined career wins list with 250 (127, 123). The two-time tennis ITA All-American is only the eighth student-athlete in the conference to win both Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2006) and Athlete of the Year laurels.
 In his 10th season at the helm, Tucker captured his fifth-career Big Ten Coach of the Year honor, leading the Buckeyes to another perfect 10-0 ledger in regular-season league action. The Scarlet and Gray, currently ranked third in the country, have won the Big Ten regular season title four times in a row dating back to 2006. Tucker’s squad has recorded 49-consecutive Big Ten wins, amassing 100 victories overall in its last 105 conference contests, including the postseason. In 10 years of work, the Zanesville, Ohio, native and former Buckeye has recorded a 108-16 conference ledger. Previously, Tucker was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2001, ’06, ’07 and ’08.
 Moneke, a senior tri-captain and two-time ITA All-American, garnered his third unanimous All-Big Ten selection. The Alten-Buseck, Germany, native went 10-0 in league singles action for the third-consecutive season. In his senior campaign, Moneke took over the top spot on the career singles wins list in the Ohio State record book, collecting 138 career singles victories, passing Ng (132). He currently is fourth with 98 career doubles wins while holding second on the all-time combined wins list with 236 (138, 98).
 Kronauge, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, and graduate of Centerville High School, earned his second-consecutive unanimous All-Big Ten selection after receiving the honor in 2008. The 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year posted an 8-1 singles and doubles ledger in conference play this season. A 2008 ITA All-American, Kronauge owns an 11-1 record in his last 12 matches and has won a total of 64 matches in singles and doubles action as a junior. The Academic All-Big Ten honoree is currently fifth on the all-time combined wins list with 197 victories (104, 93).
 The conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The 11 student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. These student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the Conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
 Schaub, a senior tri-captain from Lexington, Ohio, was Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Award winner for men’s tennis. Schaub has been an influential member of the Buckeye senior class, along with Koniecko and Moneke, that has guided Ohio State to four-consecutive league regular-season titles and No. 1 seeds at the Big Ten tournament. The 2009 class enters its final postseason with a 124-7 overall record (.947).

 Senior tri-captains Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko stand at the top of the program’s all-time career wins list for singles and doubles. In singles, Moneke, a two-time ITA All-American, has 138 career singles wins and is the program’s all-time career singles wins leader. Moneke passed former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03) with 132 victories after defeating Joshua Graves of Northwestern, 6-2, 6-3 April 17 at No. 3 singles.
 “I started thinking about the record in the second set,” Moneke said. “I’m honored to be in the company with Vince Ng, he’s a legend in our program. I’ve heard stories on how hard he worked every day. I couldn’t have asked for anything better than breaking it at home in my last couple of matches in Columbus. It’s a great feeling.”
 Koniecko, a two-time All-American, has 127 career singles wins as a Buckeye and is now third on the all-time list after passing former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) with 126 victories in his last match against Illinois in the Big Ten tournament final. For the past four seasons, both Moneke and Koniecko have had at least 20 singles wins.
 In doubles, Koniecko, the 2008 and 09 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, has 123 career victories and is the program’s all-time career doubles wins leader. Koniecko passed former Buckeyes Ross Wilson (2003-06) and Drew Eberly (2005-08) with 118 wins after defeating Brad Krick and Pip Rehg of Wright State, 8-0, April 19 at No. 3 doubles paired with tri-captain Ty Schaub.
 “It was exciting during senior day to break the record and win the Big Ten regular-season for the fourth-consecutive year,” Koniecko said. “It’s been a pleasure to share it with my teammates, but we are looking forward to taking it to the next level and doing well at nationals.”
 Moneke began the season 13th all-time in career wins and is now fifth. Moneke has 98 career doubles wins and passed Stephen Miguel (85; 1987-1990) after defeating David Galic and Jordan Rux of Baylor, 9-7, with teammate Justin Kronauge.

 Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke sit alone at the top of the Ohio State combined career wins list. Koniecko, a native of Syosset, N.Y., is first on the all-time combined wins list with 250 (127, 123), while Moneke is second with 236 triumphs (138, 98). The two Buckeyes passed Ross Wilson with 208 (90, 118; 2003-06), Roger Smith with 204 (126, 78; 1983-86) and former teammate Drew Eberly with 193 (75, 118; 2005-08).
 Justin Kronauge, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, is fifth on the all-time combined wins list with 201 victories. Kronauge passed former Buckeye teammate Drew Eberly (75, 118; 2005-08) with 193 wins after defeating Marek Czerwinski and Marc Spicijaric of Illinois, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles April 12 with Moneke. Kronauge (106, 95; 2007-present), a 2008 ITA All-American, has won a total of 66 matches in singles and doubles this season. 

 Three Buckeyes were honored as Big Ten Athlete of Week this as Bryan Koniecko (4), Steven Moneke (3) and Justin Kronauge (1) were recipients of the weekly award. Most recently, senior tri-captain Koniecko was recognized as the final Big Ten Athlete of the Week April 21, his second-consecutive and the Buckeyes’ fourth-straight honor. Koniecko was the Buckeyes’ eighth conference player of the week this season, which led the league.

 In 2007-08, Ohio State recorded a combined Big Ten singles record of 53-7 and a total Big Ten doubles record of 25-5. Six Buckeyes went through singles play undefeated, including 10-0 ledgers by 2008 ITA All-Americans Bryan Koniecko, Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge. The All-America trio has combined for a career Big Ten singles record of 85-5.
 Currently, Ohio State has won 53-consecutive matches in league play and now is 105-5 in its last 110 league matches, including postseason play. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten opponent in an away dual match since the 2004-05 campaign, dropping a 5-2 decision at Northwestern.
 As a team in 2009, the Buckeyes are a combined 58-2 in singles and 26-4 in doubles in league play.

 There is no sign of slowing down for Ohio State. Under head coach Ty Tucker the Buckeyes have risen from the cellar of the Big Ten Conference to a nationally dominant program, earning the ITA preseason No. 1 ranking in 2009.
 The future continues to look bright for the Scarlet and Gray as Tucker’s incoming freshman class was voted the second-best in the nation by a panel of junior tennis experts in a media poll conducted by
 The class, consisting of all Ohio natives, includes Blue Chip star and New Albany native Chase Buchanan and a four-star recruit in Devin McCarthy (Cincinnati), both of whom have already enrolled at Ohio State.
 In addition, Tucker has two five-star recruits in Peter Kobelt (New Albany) and Wyatt Lippert (Cincinnati) joining the team. The Buckeye recruiting class is tied for second with Yale, while Stanford earned the top nod.