COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 6 Ohio State men’s tennis team finished the last weekend of March winning, 7-0, over No. 28 Minnesota and, 4-0, against Toledo Sunday at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The two victories improve the Buckeyes’ win streak to 84-consecutive matches at home, dating back to the 2003 season.

Ohio State (20-1, 4-0 Big Ten) has now won 44-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents and is now 95-5 in its last 100 league matches, including postseason play. The win against the Gophers moves the all-time series to, 38-24, in favor of Minnesota. However, the Buckeyes have claimed the last seven meetings and head coach Ty Tucker is 10-3 against the Gophers. Ohio State now leads the all-time series, 25-2, against Toledo and the Buckeyes are 9-0 against the Rockets under Tucker.                                                      

Ohio State started out each match by claiming the doubles point.

In doubles against Minnesota, Matt Allare and Justin Kronauge improved to a team-high 12 wins (four losses) after defeating Ishay Hadash and Sebastian Gallego, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles. On court 3, No. 41 Balazs Novak and Steven Moneke improved to a perfect 6-0 in dual competition with an 8-4 victory over Dino Bilankov and Phillip Arndt, giving the Buckeyes an early 1-0 advantage against the Gophers.

Shuhei Uzawa and Bryan Koniecko finished up doubles play for the first match, winning, 8-7 (9-7) against Tobias Wernet and Julian Dehn. The Buckeye pair improves to 8-1 for the 2008-09 campaign.

In singles, the Buckeyes once again defeated each opponent in straight sets. Allare, ranked No. 100, came out firing on court No. 5, defeating Bilankov 6-1, 6-4, to finish first in competition for Ohio State. Allare has now won 18-consecutive matches for the 2009 spring season, which is the longest streak by a Buckeye on the season this year.

Freshman Chase Buchanan made his indoor debut Sunday against Wernet at No. 2 singles. Buchanan, who signed with the squad during the 2008 early signing period as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, defeated Wernet 6-3, 6-2.

On court No. 3, No. 8 Moneke added another memorable moment to his impressive career with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Gallego. The two-time ITA All-American now sits second on the Ohio State all-time career wins list with 127 victories, passing former Buckeye Roger Smith (126; 1983-86) and Moneke also claimed the win for Ohio State. Moneke is now six wins shy of breaking the program career singles record set by Vince Ng (1999-03) with 132 triumphs.

At No. 6 singles, No. 88 Novak defeated Dehn 6-3, 6-2 putting the sophomore at 24-4 on the season.

On courts 1 and 4, No. 3 Koniecko and No. 21 Kronauge defeated each opponent with a second-set tie breaker and improved their team-high win total to 27 victories. Koniecko defeated Hadash 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), and Kronauge downed Arndt 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).

In doubles against Toledo, Allare and Buchanan paired for the first time and defeated Sven Burus and Robbie McCallum, 8-1, on court No. 2. Kronauge and Koniecko followed minutes later with an 8-1 victory against Nutthavit Likitkumchorn and Jared Miller. Paired for just the third time this season, the win marks the first dual match victory for the Buckeye duo.

In singles, Kronauge improved to 28-6 with a 6-3, 6-0 win against Burus at No. 2 singles. Kronauge is 17-3 in dual competition this year.

On court No. 5, Novak put the Buckeyes ahead, 3-0, against the Rockets with the Scarlet and Gray needing only one more match win to follow for the sweep in the doubleheader. Novak downed Gursher Harika 6-1, 6-1 and is now a perfect 9-0 at No. 5 singles.

Completing the win for Ohio State was No. 3 Koniecko at No. 1 singles claiming his 28th triumph of the season with a 6-1, 6-4 score against Miller. Koniecko improves to 14-2 at No. 1 singles and 17-2 in dual action this season.

Ohio State will now prepare for a five-game road swing starting against No. 13 Kentucky at 3 p.m. April 1 in Lexington, Ky.

Tennis Match Final Results

Minnesota vs. Ohio State
March 29, 2009 at Ohio State
The Ohio State University Indoor Tennis Center

#6 Ohio State 7, #28 Minnesota 0

Singles competition
1. #3 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. #62 Ishay Hadash (MINN) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
2. Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Tobias Wernet (MINN) 6-3, 6-2
3. #8 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Sebastian Gallego (MINN) 6-3, 6-2
4. #21 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Phillip Arndt (MINN) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
5. #100 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Dino Bilankov (MINN) 6-1, 6-4
6. #88 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Julian Dehn (MINN) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Justin Kronauge/Matt Allare (OSU) def. Ishay Hadash/Sebastian Gallego (MINN) 8-5
2. Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Tobias Wernet/Julian Dehn (MINN) 8-7 (9-7)
3. #41 Balazs Novak/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Dino Bilankov/Phillip Arndt (MINN) 8-4

Match Notes:
Minnesota 13-4; 2-1 Big Ten; National ranking #28
Ohio State 19-1; 4-0 Big Ten; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3, 2); Singles (5, 2, 3, 6, 4, 1)
Official: Vince Solomon T- 2:54  A-187 

Toledo vs. Ohio State
March 29, 2009 at Ohio State
The Ohio State University Indoor Tennis Center

#6 Ohio State 4, Toledo 0

Singles competition
1. #3 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Jared Miller (UT) 6-1, 6-4
2. #21 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Sven Burus (UT) 6-3, 6-0
3. Chase Buchanan (OSU) vs. Nutthavit Likitkumchorn (UT) 7-5, 0-1, unfinished
4. #81 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) vs. Aleksandar Elezovic (UT) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
5. #88 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Gursher Harika (UT) 6-1, 6-1
6. Ty Schaub (OSU) vs. Jayson Miller (UT) 7-6 (7-2), 2-2, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Bryan Koniecko/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Jared Miller/N. Likitkumchorn (UT) 8-1
2. Matt Allare/Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Sven Burus/Robbie McCallum (UT) 8-1
3. Steven Williams/Mike O’Connell (OSU) vs. Jayson Miller/Aleksandar Elezovic (UT) 7-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
Toledo 15-8; 1-0 MAC
Ohio State 20-1; 4-0 Big Ten; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,5,1)