Feb. 6, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team puts its 4-0 record on the line when it takes on Toledo at 1 p.m. Wednesday. OSU claimed its first four wins of the year at the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center in Columbus.

The Buckeyes dispatched Butler, Xavier, No. 18 Washington and No. 13 Florida State each by a 7-0 score to open the season. Under head coach Ty Tucker, OSU has opened the season with four-consecutive wins in four of his eight seasons with the most recent coming last season when the Buckeyes began the campaign 9-0.

Ohio State opened the 2007 season with the highest ranking in the history of the program (No. 3), and remained there when the newest rankings were released Jan. 30. The previous high was No. 4 last season. The Buckeyes finished the 2005-06 campaign ranked No. 5, the highest finish in school history.

OSU has won 60 of 63 singles sets this season. All four Buckeye team wins have been by a 7-0 score, and opponents have managed to win only three singles sets against Ohio State.

Toledo will be heading to Columbus on the heels of two impressive victories over Indianapolis (7-0) and Xavier (6-1). The Rockets are 4-3 so far this season. Toledo returned 8 of 10 players from last season and its current crop of freshmen was ranked the No. 19 recruiting class in the nation according to Toledo had a successful 2005-06 season. It finished with a record of 16-10 and advanced to the semifinals of the Mid-America Conference Tournament. The Rockets return team MVP Jared Miller. Miller, a sophomore this year, also collected the Newcomer and Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2006.

OSU vs. UT
Ohio State holds a 5-0 record against Toledo. The teams met on the opening day of last season with the Buckeyes recording a 7-0 victory in Columbus.

OSU vs. the MAC
Ohio State has a 44-7 record against the Mid-America Conference. OSU is 9-3 vs. Ball State, 8-2 vs. Northern Illinois, 22-2 vs. Toledo and 5-0 vs. Western Michigan for a total of 44-7.

The Buckeyes opened the 2007 spring season ranked No. 3 nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason team poll. In addition to the lofty team rating, the Buckeyes also boast six singles players among the Top 70 in the country. Sophomore Steven Moneke started the season as 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, began the season at the No. 62 spot. 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 44 matches by winning its first four matches of the season against Butler (7-0), Xavier (7-0), No. 18 Washington (7-0) and No. 13 Florida State (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 campaign. Ohio State finished the season setting several school records. 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 Regional 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 the defending champion and the No. 1-seeded 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.

Devin Mullings advanced to the final of the 2007 Rice University/Downtown Club at the Met Invitational Indoor Tournament in Houston, Texas. He lost to Adam Hailstorm of Denver 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3).

Chris Klingemann and Steven Moneke advanced to the final of the doubles bracket. The pair was forced to forfeit its match because they had to catch a flight.

OSU welcomes Toledo to Columbus Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.


Christensen 0-0 0-0
Eberly 7-3 6-2
Klingemann 11-3 12-5
Koniecko 7-4 6-3
Kronauge 7-4 7-2
Moneke 19-4 5-2
Mullings 12-3 11-5
O’Connell 2-2 0-1
Ozanne 2-1 0-1
Schuab 1-2 0-0


Christensen 0-0 0-0
Eberly 36-15 65-17
Klingemann 66-37 84-19
Koniecko 36-19 31-9
Kronauge 7-4 7-2
Moneke 40-10 8-2
Mullings 93-29 59-17
O’Connell 2-2 0-1
Ozanne 11-10 10-3
Schuab 5-9 1-0