COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 5 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 47 Michigan, 6-1, Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center, in Ann Arbor, improving to 6-0 in Big Ten play and 10-0 in away dual matches. Sophomore Balazs Novak claimed both the singles and doubles matches to seal the win for the Buckeyes. Paired with classmate Matt Allare, the Buckeye duo defeated Chris Madden and Andrew Mazlin, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles. In singles, Novak, ranked No. 91, downed Mike DePietro 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6 singles to improve to 27-4 on the season with a 14-match win streak.
Ohio State (23-1; 6-0 Big Ten) improves to 20-37-1 against the Wolverines in the all-time series. However, under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 11-2 against Michigan. Ohio State has won 46-consecutive Big Ten matches and is now 97-5 in its last 102 league matches, including postseason play.
In doubles, just like against the Spartans Saturday, Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa won the first match of the afternoon, defeating Peter Aarts and Drew Daniel, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles. In their first season playing together, Koniecko and Uzawa are 11-1 in dual action.
At No. 1 doubles, No. 39 Justin Kronauge and Steven Moneke downed George Navas and Mike Sroczynski, 8-6, improving to 7-2 at No. 1 doubles for the 2009 spring season.
In singles, the 18th-ranked Kronauge returned to the lineup with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Navas in the first singles victory of the day. Along with Koniecko, Kronauge was the first member of the Buckeye squad to reach the 30-win mark Sunday (6 losses) with the victory at No. 4 singles.
No. 100 Matt Allare gave Ohio State a 3-0 advantage against the Wolverines, defeating Daniel 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. Allare has now won a team season-high 21-consecutive singles matches for the 2008-09 campaign, which is the longest streak of his two-year career.
Koniecko and Moneke continued their climb on the all-time Buckeye wins list with both winning their singles matches. Koniecko, ranked fourth in the latest ITA/Campbells Division I standings, downed Srocyznski 7-6 (4), 6-4, at No. 2 singles. Koniecko, who is 30-4 on the season, has 122 career singles wins in his four-year span with Ohio State and needs five to pass former Buckeye Roger Smith (1983-86) with 126 victories for third on the all-time career wins list.
No. 8 Moneke defeated Mazlin 7-5, 6-4 at the top singles spot following Koniecko’s victory. Moneke is now 29-4 overall with 130 career triumphs in his four-year career with the Buckeyes. The two-time ITA All-American is three wins away from breaking the program record for career singles wins of 132 set by former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03).
Freshman Chase Buchanan, in just his fifth singles start with the Buckeyes, lost in a 15-point third-set super tiebreaker 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (15) against Madden at No. 3 singles. Buchanan is now 2-3 overall this season.
Ohio State will now prepare to finish out its road schedule with two important Big Ten matches against No. 43 Indiana at 1:30 p.m. April 10 in Bloomington, Ind., and No. 12 Illinois at noon April 12 in Champaign, Ill.
Tennis Match Final Results
No. 5 Ohio State 6, No. 47 Michigan 1
Varsity Tennis Center
April, 5 2009
1. No. 8 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Andrew Mazlin (UM) 7-5, 6-4
2. No. 4 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Mike Sroczynski (UM) 7-6(4), 6-4
3. Chris Madden (UM) def. Chase Buchanan (OSU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (15)
4. No. 18 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. George Navas (UM) 6-2, 6-1
5. No. 100 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Drew Daniel (UM) 6-4, 6-1
6. No. 91 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Mike DePietro (UM) 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 6, 2, 1, 3
1. No. 39 Justin Kronauge/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. George Navas/Mike Sroczynski (U-M) 8-6
2. Matt Allare/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Chris Madden/Andrew Mazlin (UM) – 8-3
3. Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Peter Aarts/Drew Daniel (UM) – 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Ohio State 23-1; National Ranking #5
Michigan 8-13, National Ranking #47