Feb. 13, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team beat No. 37 Kentucky by a 6-1 score Monday at the Wickertree Tennis and Fitness Center in Columbus. OSU has opened the season with seven consecutive wins for the second year in a row. The Buckeyes began 9-0 last season.

Ohio State has now won the last four meetings between the schools. OSU improves its all-time record against the Wildcats to 8-12. Kentucky is now 2-3 on the year.

The match marked the first time this season an opponent managed to win a point against the Buckeyes. OSU had shut out each team they had faced this season. Opposing teams have managed to take only nine of a possible 98 singles sets from OSU.

Ohio State began the match by winning the doubles point, a feat it has performed in 35 of its last 37 matches dating back to last season. Ohio State’s doubles pair of Justin Kronauge (Fr./Fr., Dayton, Ohio/Centerville) and Drew Eberly (Jr./Jr., Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) beat Bruno Aggostinelli and Will Ward of Kentucky 8-4 at the No. 1 doubles spot.

The Buckeyes won five of the six singles matches, two of which went to a third set tie-breaker. 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 Will Ward 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 at the No. 2 singles spot to improve to 12-4 on the season. No. 42 Devin Mullings (Sr./Sr., Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) downed Peter Bjork at the No. 3 singles spot 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. Mullings is now 17-3 on the year. The 69th ranked Kronauge beat Roman Ogarkov 6-0, 6-1. Kronauge is 11-4 on the season.

The lone Buckeye loss came at No. 1 singles when Steven Moneke (So./So., Alten-Busick, Germany/Gesamtschale Giessen-Ost), the nations top ranked singles player, was upset by Bruno Agostinelli 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Moneke is 23-5 on the year.

Senior Chris Klingemann (Sr./Sr., Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) was pleased with the result.

“We didn’t play our best,” Klingemann said. “Kentucky is a good team, and to come out with a 6-1 win against them without really playing our best is great. Hopefully we can get ourselves together and do well in Chicago. We all are really looking forward to that. It is going to be a great tournament with some great teams competing and hopefully we can do well.”

The Buckeyes will play Stanford at 4 p.m. Friday in the first round of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Men’s Team Indoor Championships. The event will be held at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago, Ill. Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in the tournament that features the nation’s top 14 ranked teams, and two teams selected at large.

No. 2 Ohio State 6, No. 37 Kentucky 1
Singles Results

1. Bruno Agostinelli (UK) def. #1 Steve Moneke (OSU/23-5) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
2. #62 Bryan Koniecko (OSU/12-4) def. Will Ward (UK) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6
3. #42 Devin Mullings (OSU/17-3) def. Peter Bjork (UK) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6
4. #46 Chris Klingemann (OSU/16-3) def. Marcus Sundh (UK) 6-3, 7-6
5. #69 Justin Kronauge (OSU/11-4) def. Roman Ogarkov (UK) 6-0, 6-1
6. #64 Drew Eberly (OSU/9-3) def. Kenny Hodge (UK) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 2, 1, 3

Doubles Results
1. Drew Eberly/Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Bruno Agostinelli / Kenny Hodge (UK) 8-4
2. #22 Chris Klingemann/Devin Mullings (OSU) led Will Ward/Peter Bjork (UK) 5-4
3. Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Marcus Sundh/ Roman Ogarkov (UK) 8-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2