COLUMBUS, Ohio After winning its fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, the No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis continues postseason play as one of 16 hosts for the first and second rounds of the 2009 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes will take on Xavier at 1 p.m. Friday, while Michigan and Notre Dame play at 10 a.m. in the first round at the Stickney Tennis Center.
The winner of the Ohio State (31-1; 10-0 Big Ten) and Xavier matchup will advance to meet the winner of the Michigan-Notre Dame contest at noon Saturday for a chance to move on to the Round of 16 hosted by Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Live stats and updates will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A look at the 64-team field, along with the singles and doubles competition brackets of the 2009 NCAA Championships are available at the NCAA websites (www.NCAAsports.com and www.NCAA.org).
Admission for the first and second rounds in Columbus is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The ticket booth is located at the entrance gate at the Stickney Tennis Center.
THE 2009 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
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 (29-0) and No. 2 seed Mississippi (24-2). The Georgia Bulldogs (22-3) sit at the No. 4 spot.
First-and second-round competition will be conducted Friday-Saturday, 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 May 14-19.
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.
BUCKEYES IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.
OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
In NCAA action, under 10th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have compiled a 17-9 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.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
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 now 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 13-0 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 13-0 in the conference after defeating Illinois in the tournament final, 4-1, in West Lafeyette, 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 13-0 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 its sixth Big Ten regular-season crown in program history.
As a team, Ohio State is 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 own perfect league ledgers with at least five victories. Koniecko and Uzawa lead Ohio State with an 8-0 record, while Kronauge and Moneke are 5-0.
THE SHUT OUT
The Buckeyes head into the 2009 NCAA Regional winning their last 23 dual matches of the season while shutting out 16 of the last 23 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 RANKS HIGH
Ohio State (31-1) is ranked third in the nation with 24 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, No. 37 North Carolina, No. 42 Northwestern, No. 48 Indiana, No. 55 Penn State, No. 62 Iowa, and then-No. 65 Stetson. Ohio State is 14-0 at home, while going 13-0 on the road in dual competition. The Buckeyes are 4-1 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.
OHIO STATE IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes have six members listed in the latest ITA singles and doubles polls announced Tuesday. 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.
BIG TEN RANKINGS
Nine of 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Rankings announced April 28.
3 Ohio State
55 Penn State
HOME SWEET HOME
With wins against Northwestern, Wisconsin and Wright State April 17-19, Ohio State has now won a school-record 87-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 14 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.
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 XAVIER MUSKETEERS
Xavier finished the regular season with a 17-7 overall record, winning three straight matches at the Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament on its way to a second-consecutive crown. The Musketeers defeated St. Bonaventure, 4-0, in the championship match.
The senior trio of Mike Dieciuc, Ra’ees Ismail and Doug Matthews lead Xavier, all three ranking in the program’s Top 5 for career singles victories. Ismail is the most prolific among the three, with the most career singles, doubles and overall wins in program history.
BUCKEYES VS. XAVIER
The Buckeyes are 7-0 all-time against Xavier and hold a 15-3 all-time record against teams from the Atlantic 10. Ohio State defeated the Musketeers, 7-0, Jan. 21 in Columbus to begin the dual match season this year.
THE NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
Notre Dame has been invited to 18 of the last 19 NCAA tournaments, making it one of just 11 schools to have accomplished that feat. Notre Dame has reached the Round of 16 in the NCAAs on seven occasions, highlighted by a runner-up finish in 1992 and a 1993 quarterfinal result. Overall, the Irish are 16-17 in NCAA Tournament play, including 6-12 on neutral courts and 3-1 against teams playing on their home court.
Notre Dame is 13-12 this season going 2-3 at neutral sites. Notre Dame played one of the most difficult schedules in the country in 2009 that included seven matches vs. a Top 20 opponent. Of Notre Dame’s 23 dual season opponents this spring, 16 of them earned berths to the NCAA championship: Virginia (No. 1 seed), Ohio State (No. 3 seed), Illinois (No. 13 seed), Texas A&M (No. 15 seed), Florida State (No. 16 seed), Boise State, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Northwestern, Pepperdine, South Florida, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Wisconsin. The Irish went 7-12 against those 16 teams, having played Wisconsin, Louisville and South Florida twice.
NOTRE DAME IN THE RANKINGS
Notre Dame has two members ranked in the latest ITA polls. In singles, senior Brett Helgeson, who has played No. 1 singles for the Irish all season, is No. 31. In doubles, Helgeson pairs up with sophomore Tyler Davis as the 30th-ranked team in the nation.
Helgeson was named to the 2009 All-Big East team carrying a 12-10 singles record this year. Helgeson also was named to the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship singles field April 29. Helgeson is making his second-consecutive appearance in the NCAA singles championship. In 2008, he defeated Harvard’s Chris Clayton 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the Round of 32. In the second round, he fell to Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State, 6-3, 6-2.
OHIO STATE VS. NOTRE DAME
Ohio State is 24-26 in the all-time series against Notre Dame. However, under head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is 6-4 against the Fighting Irish, winning the last three matches. The Buckeyes defeated the Irish, 7-0, Feb. 21 in Columbus this season.
THE MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Michigan joins Notre Dame as an at-large selection to the 64-team NCAA tournament field. The Wolverines carry a 13-14 overall record. Michigan won seven of its last nine matches to vault up to 35 in the ITA rankings and secure a place in the NCAA field.
Most recently, Michigan lost to Ohio State by a 4-1 margin in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament April 25. Prior to the match with Ohio State, Michigan had won four straight, including a 4-3 win over 11th-ranked Illinois April 18.
MICHIGAN IN THE RANKINGS
Sophomore Jason Jung, currently 93rd in the ITA singles rankings, has led the Wolverines at No. 1 singles for the majority of the season. He carries an 8-12 mark from that position. Freshman Drew Daniel leads Michigan in dual season wins, as he has recorded 18 victories between fifth and sixth singles. Jung and junior Mike Sroczynski are 37th in the ITA doubles rankings.
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN
The Buckeyes improved to 21-37-1 against the Wolverines in the all-time series this season. Under head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State owns a 12-2 advantage over Michigan and defeated the Wolverines twice this year.
Three Buckeye members lead the team for the most wins on the season with 35 victories in Bryan Koniecko, Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge. Koniecko, ranked third in the nation in singles, is 35-4 overall. Koniecko, the 2009 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, is 24-3 in dual matches this season, posting a 20-3 record at No. 1 singles. Moneke is 35-4 overall this season with a 26-1 dual-match record, while Kronauge is 35-7 with a 24-4 dual-match mark.
In doubles, the Buckeye pair of Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa leads the team in doubles wins with 19 (one loss). The duo is 19-1 in dual matches this season and is 8-1 at No. 2 doubles. Koniecko and Uzawa have won 12-consecutive doubles matches.
AGAINST THE BEST
Senior Bryan Koniecko is 24-4 against opponents ranked in the ITA/NCAA Division I poll. For the season, Koniecko, currently third in the latest ITA standings, owns a 35-4 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 Regional in Columbus with winning streaks in singles and doubles play. Sophomore Matt Allare leads the way for Ohio State with a team-high 27-consecutive singles wins during the 2009 spring season, while tri-captain Bryan Koniecko has won 15-consecutive doubles matches.
Player WinStreak Matt Allare 27 StevenMoneke 12 Shuhei Uzawa 10 Chase Buchanan 8 BryanKoniecko 7
Player WinStreak Bryan Koniecko 15 Shuhei Uzawa 12
SEVERAL BUCKEYES HIT 20-WIN MARK
Six members of the team have won 20 or more singles matches. Senior Bryan Koniecko (35), junior Justin Kronauge (35), senior Steven Moneke (35) and sophomores Balazs Novak (34), Matt Allare (30) and Shuhei Uzawa (22) have all won at least 20 singles matches this season.
Koniecko and Moneke have a combined dual match record of 50-4, while Kronauge is 24-4 in dual action.
Uzawa, a native of Chiba, Japan, has been impressive in his second season for the Buckeyes with a 22-4 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 27-consecutive matches in the 2009 spring season, is 30-2 overall and has earned six more wins as a sophomore than he did a season ago.
THE 2009 SENIOR CLASS
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 have 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 and has never lost at home in four years with the Buckeyes.
BUCKEYES GARNER CONFERENCE AWARDS
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 249 (127, 122). The two-time 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-Busick, 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 136 career singles victories, passing Ng (132). He currently is fourth with 97 career doubles wins while holding second on the all-time combined wins list with 233 (136, 97).
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 a 9-1 record in his last 10 matches and has won a total of 60 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).
MONEKE, KONIECKO AT THE TOP OF THE RECORD BOOK
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 136 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 everyday. I couldn’t of 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 122 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 97 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.
BUCKEYES TOP COMBINED CAREER WINS LIST
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 249 (127, 122), while Moneke is second with 233 triumphs (136, 97). 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 199 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 (105, 94; 2007-present), a 2008 ITA All-American, has won a total of 62 matches in singles and doubles this season.
THE BIG TEN’S BEST
Three Buckeyes have been honored as Big Ten Athlete of Week the conference announced this season. Bryan Koniecko (4), Steven Moneke (3) and Justin Kronauge (1) have been 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.
BUCKEYES VS. BIG TEN OPPONENTS
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 104-5 in its last 109 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.
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 TennisRecruiting.net.
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.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State improved to 31-1 overall after defeating Illinois, 4-1, in the final of the 2009 Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes now have won four-consecutive conference tournament titles.