Feb. 9, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team will put its 5-0 record on the line when it takes on No. 36 Tennessee at 4 p.m. Friday in Knoxville, Tenn. The Buckeyes return home to face No. 37 Kentucky Monday at 6 p.m. at the Wickertree Tennis and Fitness Center in Columbus. OSU claimed its first five wins of the year at the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center in Columbus.

The Buckeyes dispatched Butler, Xavier, No. 18 Washington, No. 13 Florida State and Toldeo each by a 7-0 score to open the season. Under head coach Ty Tucker, OSU has opened the season with five-consecutive wins for the second year in a row. The Buckeyes began the campaign 9-0 last season.

Ohio State improved to No. 2 nationally in the latest FILA Intercollegiate Tennis Association Poll released Tuesday. The second-place ranking is the highest by the Buckeyes in school history. The previous high was No. 3, a spot Ohio State attained in the preseason rankings this year.

OSU has won 71 of 74 singles sets this season. All four Buckeye team wins have been by a 7-0 score and opponents have managed to win only four singles sets against Ohio State.

Tennessee suffered its first loss of the year Saturday when No. 7 Illinois beat the Volunteers 4-3 in Knoxville. UT has recorded wins against Memphis (7-0), Tennessee-Chattanooga (7-0) and No. 41 Louisville (7-0).

Last year UT went 9-10 during the regular season and 3-8 in the SEC. The Volunteers have eight players returning from the 2005-06 season.

OSU vs. UT
Ohio State holds a 1-7 record against Tennessee. The teams met last season with the Buckeyes recording a 5-2 victory in Columbus. It was OSU’s first win against the Volunteers in the all time series.

Kentucky has a record of 2-2 this season. The Wildcats opened the year with two wins against North Carolina-Greensboro (4-2) and Toledo (6-1), then dropped their next two matches against No. 34 Middle Tennessee St. (4-3) and No. 7 Baylor (5-2).

UK finished 2006 with a record of 19-10 and finished fourth in the SEC. Kentucky advanced to the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament where it fell to Mississippi State 4-2. The Wildcats lost to Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Sophomore Bruno Agostinelli was named the 2006 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year. Agostinelli also collected the 2006 Southeast Region Rookie of the Year award.

OSU vs. the SEC
Ohio State has a 22-50 record against the Southeastern Conference. OSU is 5-2 vs. Alabama, 3-0 vs. Auburn, 0-3 vs. Florida, 0-9 vs. Georgia, 7-12 vs. Kentucky, 1-5 vs. LSU, 0-2 vs. Mississippi, 0-1 vs. Mississippi St., 1-7 vs. Tennessee and 4-7-1 vs. Vanderbilt for a total of 22-50.

The Buckeyes moved up to No. 2 nationally in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll released Feb. 6. In addition to the lofty team rating, the Buckeyes also boast six singles players among the Top 70 in the country. Sophomore Steven Moneke is the top-ranked singles player. In addition to Moneke, seniors Devin Mullings and Chris Klingemann opened the season ranked Nos. 42 and 46, respectively. Sophomore Bryan Koniecko, the 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is 62nd. Junior Drew Eberly comes in at No. 64 and freshman Justin Kronauge is No. 69.

Devin Mullings and Chris Klingemann combine to form the No. 22 doubles team in the nation. The pair is 11-4 on the year.

Ohio State extended its home win streak to 45 matches by winning its first four matches of the season against Butler (7-0), Xavier (7-0), No. 18 Washington (7-0), No. 13 Florida State (7-0) and Toledo (7-0) respectively. The Buckeyes won their 12 home competitions last season. The 2006 season marked the third-consecutive year in which the Buckeyes won all their home matches. The home win streak dates back to the 2003 season starting with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6.

The Buckeyes are coming off a record-setting 2005-06 campaignin which they set several school record. The Buckeyes set high marks with the best dual record in school history (28-2), the longest win streak (19) and the best winning percentage (.933). The squad equaled its best showing in NCAA tournament play by advancing to the quarterfinals before dropping its final match of the season to Texas.

Sophomore Steven Moneke had a successful fall season. He won the 2006 ITA Midwest Regionals in October on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Moneke defeated Sheeva Parbhu of Notre Dame 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the championship match to win the competition. He then advanced to the title match of the 2006 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship in Columbus. Moneke lost to defending champion and No. 1-seed Ben Kohlloeffel of UCLA by scores of 6-0, 6-4. Moneke finished the fall season 17-4, including winning 12 out of his last 14.

Steven Moneke won the ITA Midwest Regionals held on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Moneke defeated Sheeva Parbhu of Notre Dame 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the championship match to win the competition.

OSU travels to Chicago Feb. 16-19 to compete in the 2007 ITA National Indoor Team Tournament.


Christensen 0-0 0-0
Eberly 7-3 7-2
Klingemann 14-3 13-5
Koniecko 10-4 7-3
Kronauge 7-4 8-2
Moneke 22-4 6-2
Mullings 15-3 12-5
O’Connell 2-2 0-1
Ozanne 3-1 0-1
Schuab 2-2 0-0


Christensen 0-0 0-0
Eberly 36-15 65-17
Klingemann 67-37 84-19
Koniecko 37-19 31-9
Kronauge 7-4 7-2
Moneke 41-10 8-2
Mullings 94-29 59-17
O’Connell 2-2 0-1
Ozanne 12-10 10-3
Schuab 6-9 1-0