COLUMBUS, Ohio – After claiming its fifth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season crown, the No. 1-seed Ohio State men’s tennis team began its postseason with a 4-0 sweep of No. 9-seed Northwestern Friday at the Indiana University Tennis Center in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes have now won 22 consecutive matches and improve their league win streak to 63 in a row.
Ohio State will now play No.4-seed Wisconsin (19-6; 8-3 Big Ten) at 10 a.m. Saturday. Live stats will be available at www.iuhoosiers.com.
Ohio State (30-1; 11-0 Big Ten) extends its Big Ten tournament win streak to 13 victories. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 23-5 in conference tournament action and have won 115 league matches in their last 120 outings, including postseason play.
Junior Balazs Novak clinched the Buckeyes’ 30th win of the season after defeating Andrew McCarthy, brother of Buckeye sophomore Devin McCarthy, in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Novak improves to 32-6 overall, winning 13 consecutive matches.
In doubles, the Buckeyes began their momentum over the Wildcats winning at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. The Buckeyes are 27-0 this season when winning the first point of the match. At No. 2, juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa shut out Tobias Reitz and Alex Sanborn, 8-0. The Buckeye duo now has a team-high 20 victories this year.
Fifteenth-ranked Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan claimed the first point of the morning at No. 1 with a 9-7 win against No. 84 Joshua Graves and Spencer Wolf. Buchanan and Marcan are 8-1 vs. nationally-ranked doubles pairs.
In singles, Allare made it a 2-0 match in favor of the Buckeyes after downing Sanborn 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5. Allare, a native of Mason, Ohio, is 23-5 overall, winning nine of his last 10 matches.
Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge continued his rise in the Ohio State singles record book with his team-high 33rd victory at No. 2 singles. Kronauge, ranked No. 31 in the nation, defeated Sidarth Balaji 6-3, 6-1 and now has 144 career victories. He is two wins shy of tying former Buckeye Steven Moneke (2006-09) for first all-time with 146.
Tennis Match Final Results
No. 63 Northwestern vs. No. 4 Ohio State
April 30, 2010 at Bloomington, Ind.
IU Tennis Center
No. 4 Ohio State 4, No. 63 Northwestern 0
1. No. 9 Chase Buchanan (OSU) vs. No. 97 Joshua Graves (NU) 6-3, 3-0, unfinished
2. No. 31 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Sidarth Balaji (NU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Dino Marcan (OSU) vs. Spencer Wolf (NU) 6-3, 1-0, unfinished
4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Andrew McCarthy (NU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Alex Sanborn (NU) 6-2, 6-1
6. No. 117 Devin McCarthy (OSU) vs. Chris Jackman (NU) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
1. No. 15 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. No. 84 Joshua Graves/Spencer Wolf (NU) 9-7
2. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Tobias Reitz/Alex Sanborn (NU) 8-0
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) vs. Sidarth Balaji/Andrew McCarthy (NU) 7-6, unfinished
Northwestern 10-15; National ranking #63
Ohio State 30-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,2,4)