Feb. 7, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team beat Toledo by a 7-0 score Wednesday at the Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in Columbus. The win helped the Buckeyes extend their home win streak to 45-consecutive matches. OSU has opened the season with five consecutive wins for the second year in a row when the Buckeyes began the campaign 9-0 last season.

Ohio State has now won 10-consecutive meetings between the schools. This is the 10th time in 11 years OSU has hosted Toledo with the Buckeyes winning each time. Toledo is now 4-5 on the year.

The Buckeyes have beaten each team they have faced this season by a 7-0 score. Opponents have managed to take only four of a possible 75 singles sets from OSU.

Ohio State began the match by winning the doubles point, a feat it has performed in 33 of its last 35 matches dating back to last season. Steven Moneke (So./So., Alten-Busick, Germany/Gesamtschale Giessen-Ost) and Justin Kronauge (Fr./Fr., Dayton, Ohio/Centerville) teamed up at the No. 1 doubles spot to beat Mohammed Al Nabhani and Jared Miller of Toledo 8-2.

The Buckeyes swept the singles play winning every match in straight sets except one. Moneke, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 1-ranked singles player, beat Toledo’s Jared Miller 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 2 singles spot. No. 62 Bryan Koniecko (So./So., Long Island, N.Y./Syosset), who was named Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week Wednesday, defeated Al Nabhani 6-1, 6-3 to improve to 10-4 on the season. No. 46 Chris Klingemann (Sr./Sr., Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) won his match against Chris Clark 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 3 singles spot.
Koniecko was happy with the way the Buckeyes played on the day.

“Today went well,” Koniecko said. “We got the job done. Friday against Tennessee will be tough because they have a really good crowd there. I think we will be ready for it.”

Head coach Ty Tucker was pleased Koniecko received the award.

“I think it was long overdue,” Tucker said. “He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and finished second in the National Freshman of the Year. Bryan is having a pretty good year, but he needs to keep working because people are coming to get him now.”

The Buckeyes travel to take on No. 38 Tennessee Friday, then return home Monday to face No. 37 Kentucky at the Wickertree Tennis and Fitness Center in Columbus.

No. 2 Ohio State 7, Toledo 0
Singles Results

1. #62 Bryan Koniecko (OSU/10-4) def. Mohammed Al Nabhani (UT) 6-1, 6-3
2. #1 Steven Moneke (OSU/22-4) def. Jared Miller (UT) 6-2, 6-2
3. #46 Chris Klingemann (OSU/14-3) def. Chris Clark (UT) 6-2, 6-4
4 #42 Devin Mullings (OSU/15-3) def. Josh Moran (UT) 6-1, 6-1
5. Dominic Ozanne (OSU/3-1) def. Keith Moran (UT) 7-5, 6-1
6. Ty Schaub (OSU/2-2) def. Tyler Sonkin (UT) 6-4, 6-7 (10-6)

Doubles Results
1. Steven Moneke/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Mohammed Al Nabhani/ Jay Miller (UT) 8-2
2. Drew Eberly/Chris Klingemann (OSU) def. Travis Curran/Brian Rager (UT) 8-3
3. Devin Mullings/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Keith Moran/Chris Clark (UT) 8-2