Feb. 4, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team beat No. 13 Florida State by a 7-0 score Sunday at the Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in Columbus. The win helped the Buckeyes extend their home win streak to 44-consecutive matches.

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 has now won three out of six meetings between the schools, including the last two. FSU is now 5-2 on the year.

Ohio State began the match by winning the doubles point, a feat it has accomplished in 32 of its last 34 matches dating back to last season. The No. 22-ranked doubles pair of Chris Klingemann (Sr./Sr., Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) and Devin Mullings (Sr./Sr., Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) beat Jonathas Sucupira and Bradley Mixson of Florida State 8-4 at the No. 2 doubles spot to improve to 8-2 on the year.

The Buckeyes swept the singles play winning every match in straight sets except one. Steven Moneke (So./So., Alten-Busick, Germany/Gesamtschale Giessen-Ost), the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 1-ranked singles player, beat Florida State’s Jean-Yves Aubone 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 2 singles spot. No. 62 Bryan Koniecko (So./So., Long Island, N.Y./Syosset) defeated Ytai Abougzir 6-3, 6-5 to improve to 9-4 on the season. No. 69 Justin Kronauge (Fr./Fr., Dayton, Ohio/Centerville) defeated Maciek Sykut 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 to improve to 9-4 on the campaign. Klingemann was happy with the way the Buckeyes played on the day.

“I think we definitely played well,” Klingemann said. “Winning 7-0 against a Top-ranked team is always good. We came out with good energy in the doubles and I think that set the tone for the rest of the match.”

Tucker was pleased with his team’s performance in the match.

“It was a good match,” Tucker said. “It was nice to win 7-0. Florida State is a good team, and they are going to do good things. We played strong doubles and we held our home court advantage. We are coming along pretty well. I thought Chris Klingemann played well and I thought Steven Moneke played very well also.”

The Buckeyes will face Toledo at 1 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 7 at the Jesse Owens West recreation Center.

No. 3 Ohio State 7, No. 13 Florida State 0 Singles Results
1. #62 Bryan Koniecko (OSU/9-4) def. Ytai Abougzir (FSU) 6-3, 6-5
2. #1 Steven Moneke (OSU/21-4) def. Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) 6-3, 6-0
3. #42 Devin Mullings (OSU/14-3) def. Sam Chang (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. #69 Justin Kronauge (OSU/9-4) def. Maciek Sykut (FSU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
5. #46 Chris Klingemann (OSU/13-3) def. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
6. #64 Drew Eberly (OSU/9-3) def. Chris Cloer (FSU) 7-6, 3-6 (10-4)

Doubles Results
1. Drew Eberly/Justin Kronauge (OSU/8-2) def. Ytai Abougzir/ Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) 9-8
2. #22Devin Mullings/Chris Klingemann (OSU) def. Jonathas Sucupira/Bradley Mixson (FSU) 8-4
3. Steven Moneke/Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Maciek Sykut /Andrew Bailey (FSU) 8-4