COLUMBUS, Ohio – After finishing the 2010 home schedule with a 19-0 record, the fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team will travel to No. 57 Northwestern at 4 p.m. Friday at the Vandy Christe Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill., and No. 27 Wisconsin at noon Sunday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis. Live stats will be available at and

The Buckeyes (27-1; 8-0 Big Ten) have won 61 consecutive Big Ten dual matches dating back to 2005.

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Ohio State (27-1; 8-0 Big Ten) has won 19 consecutive matches since dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 1 Virginia Feb. 14. Ohio State has 10 victories against Top 25 opponents, including seven straight.

On senior day, the Buckeyes defeated No. 17 Illinois, 6-1, April 18 at Stickney Tennis Center in their last regular-season home match of the year. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes improved to 11-9 over the Illini. Senior co-captains Justin Kronauge and Mike O’Connell were honored following play.

“We had an unbelievable doubles point to begin the match,” Tucker said. “The guys fought hard for the seniors today. We know we have to play our best because any given day, a team can come out and beat us. This was a good team we faced and our guys continued to get after it on the courts. We are going to miss Mike and Justin next season.”

Ohio State began the match dominating the doubles point, winning each match by three points or more. At No. 1, sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan, ranked 16th in the country, downed No. 89 Abe Souza and Marek Czerwinski, 8-1, to finish first. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak followed with an 8-2 victory against Connor Roth and Stephen Hoh to claim the Buckeyes’ 18th-consecutive doubles point and 25th of the season.

Junior Matt Allare, a native of Mason, Ohio, claimed the Buckeyes 27th win of the year after defeating Hoh 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) at No. 5 to improve to 21-4 overall. Allare has won 12 consecutive matches in his third year as a Buckeye.

Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge became the program’s combined wins leader April 11 vs. Michigan in Columbus. Kronauge passed former Buckeye Bryan Koniecko (254) for first on the combined wins list after defeating No. 97 Evan King 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles in the Buckeyes’ 6-1 win over the Wolverines at Stickney Tennis Center.

Currently with 261 career victories, Kronauge, a native of Dayton, Ohio, secured three singles victories and three doubles victories in wins over Ole Miss April 14, Indiana April 16 and Illinois April 18 to continue his rise on the combined, singles and doubles wins list. In singles, Kronauge has 141 career victories, which is second. He is five wins shy of tying former Buckeye Steven Moneke for first (146).

In doubles, Kronauge became the sixth Buckeye in program history to hit the 100-win mark. He currently has 120 career doubles wins, which is second. The two-time ITA All-American is five wins shy of tying Koniecko for first (125). He also is just the third Buckeye in Ohio State history to have at least 100 singles wins and 100 doubles wins. Koniecko and Moneke are the other two who have accomplish the feat.

Ohio State extended its home win streak to 108 consecutive matches after defeating No. 17 Illinois, 6-1, April 18 at Stickney Tennis Center. It has been more than 2,500 days since the Buckeyes lost a home match, dropping a 5-2 decision to Big Ten conference rival Illinois April 5, 2003. No other Big Ten team in any sport has won as many consecutive matches/games at home than the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray won its 19 home competitions this season, marking the seventh-consecutive year it won all its home matches. The streak began in 2003, starting with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6.

Led by 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have won a school-record 111 consecutive regular-season (non-tournament) matches dating back to 2006. The last loss was Feb. 26, 2006, at Notre Dame (5-2).

In Big Ten competition, the Buckeyes are a combined 45-3 in singles and 22-2 in doubles this season In singles, six Buckeyes have undefeated records. Two have 8-0 records, including senior co-captain Justin Kronague and sophomore Chase Buchanan. Juniors Matt Allare and Balazs Novak have 7-0 records, while sophomore Devin McCarthy also is 7-0 in Big Ten play. Freshman Dino Marcan is 7-1 this season in league play.

In doubles, Buchanan and Marcan lead the way with an 8-0 mark in the Big Ten, while Kronauge and Novak are 7-0.

Currently, Ohio State has won 61 consecutive matches in league play and is now 112-5 in its last 117 league matches, including postseason play. The Buckeyes have not lost to a Big Ten opponent on the road since the 2004-05 campaign, a 5-2 loss at Northwestern.

Nine of the 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Polls announced Tuesday.

   4  Ohio State
  14  Illinois
  26  Michigan
  27 Wisconsin
  35 Minnesota
  39  Indiana
  57  Northwestern
  59  Iowa
  75  Penn State

BIG TEN STANDINGS (Through April 18)
The four-time defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes are at the top of the league standings once again going into the final week of regular-season conference play. The Buckeyes have claimed six Big Ten victories in the month of April, winning each match by at least five points. Ohio State also has shut out five league opponents this season.


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Several Buckeyes are entering the final week of the regular-season with win streaks in singles and doubles. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge leads the way for Ohio State with a team-high 19-consecutive singles wins. Two Buckeye duos, sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan and Kronauge and junior Balazs Novak, have claimed 13 and 14 straight victories, respectively. 


Player Win StreakJustin Kronauge 19 Chase Buchanan 15 Devin McCarthy 12 Matt Allare12 Balazs Novak 10 Steven Williams 9


Pairs Win Streak
Kronauge/Novak 14
Buchanan/Marcan 13

Eight members of the team have claimed 20 or more singles victories this season. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge leads the Buckeyes in the wins’ column with 30 followed by junior Balazs Novak (29), sophomore Chase Buchanan (24), junior Matt Allare (21) and freshman Dino Marcan (21).

Kronauge and Buchanan have a combined dual-match record of 47-2, including a 27-1 record by Kronauge.

Novak has been impressive in his third season at Ohio State, hitting the 20-win mark for the third straight year. Allare and Marcan are a combined 35-8 this season in dual competition.

Second-year Buckeyes Steven Williams and Devin McCarthy are perfect in dual play, posting 5-0 and 12-0 records, respectively. The two are a combined 19-1 in their last 20 singles matches.

Ohio State won the doubles point against Illinois for the 25th time this season (April 18) and has a perfect record when winning that first point. The Buckeyes are 2-1 after losing the doubles point.

Ohio State is No. 4 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released Tuesday. Guided by 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have now been ranked in the Top 25 in the ITA standings for 10 consecutive years. The Buckeyes have been polled in the ITA Top 10 for 116 consecutive matches. That streak began March 7, 2006.

Ohio State is 4-0 when ranked fourth in the nation.

Five Buckeyes are in the Top 125 of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released Tuesday. In singles, sophomore Chase Buchanan climbed to No. 10. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge is No. 40, while freshman Dino Marcan is No. 103. Sophomore Steven Williams is 118th followed by classmate Devin McCarthy, who is No. 119.

Buchanan is 24-4 overall this season with a 19-1 mark at No. 1 singles. The native of New Albany, Ohio, is 13-4 against nationally ranked opponents. Kronauge leads the team in wins with a 30-3 mark. The 2008 ITA All-American has won his last 19 matches to help the Buckeyes reach a 27-1 record. Marcan is 21-6 overall, including a 17-6 ledger in dual competition. Williams, a native of Manlius, N.Y., has a 15-3 record, including a 5-0 mark at No. 6 singles. McCarthy has claimed 12 consecutive victories in his second year, posting a 12-0 record in dual play.

In doubles, two Buckeye pairs are polled in the Top 90. Buchanan and Marcan have climbed to 10th in the country after winning 13 straight matches at No. 1. The duo owns a 10-1 record at the top of the lineup. As an unranked pair last month, Buchanan and Marcan upset ninth-ranked Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M, 8-7 (7-5) March 7 in the Buckeyes’ seventh win against a Top 25 opponent.Since the victory, the duo has claimed 12 straight victories, climbing 80 spots in the rankings.

Kronauge and Buchanan are No. 78 with a 9-7 overall record. The duo won five matches at No. 1 doubles this year.

Ohio State has never lost its first match of the season under head coach Ty Tucker. The former Buckeye owns an opening-day record of 22-0 since taking over the helm 11 years ago (The Buckeyes traditionally play two matches on opening day).

Northwestern, ranked 57th in the latest ITA polls released Tuesday, is 9-12 overall this year. Last time out, the Wildcats lost, 6-1, April 18 against Iowa at the Hawkeye Recreation Complex. Northwestern has lost its last five matches against league opponents, but defeated Michigan State, 6-1, April 2 in East Lansing. The Wildcats host Penn State Sunday before heading to the 2010 Big Ten Tournament April 29-May 2 in Bloomington, Ind.

The Wildcats have two players ranked in the latest ITA singles and doubles polls announced Tuesday. In singles, Joshua Graves is No. 91 with a 10-9 mark at No. 1. In doubles, Graves and Spencer Wolf are No. 54. The Northwestern duo is 4-1 this season, claiming four straight victories.

The Buckeyes are 40-43 all-time vs. the Wildcats. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is 11-1 vs. Northwestern, winning the last five matches.

In singles, five active Buckeyes are a combined 10-0 vs. Northwestern. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (4-0), juniors Shuhei Uzawa (2-0), Balazs Novak (2-0) and Matt Allare (1-0) and sophomore Chase Buchanan (1-0) have perfect records against the Wildcats.

Buckeye wins vs. Northwestern (Active Team Members)
April 17, 2009 – Chase Buchanan def. Alex Sanborn – 6-1, 6-0
April 17, 2009 – Balazs Novak def. Eric Spector – 6-1, 6-1
April 17, 2009 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Andrew McCarthy – 6-1, 6-2

Wisconsin, ranked 27th in the nation, is 17-6 overall with a 6-2 record in Big Ten play. The Badgers have won four consecutive matches with wins over Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa and Minnesota. The match vs. the Buckeyes will serve as senior day for Wisconsin in both teams last regular-season match of the year before preparing for the Big Ten Tournament April 29 in Bloomington, Ind.  

The Badgers have two athletes polled in the latest Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings announced Tuesday. In singles, Moritz Baumann is No. 19, while Marek Michalicka is No. 28. Baumann holds a 25-7 overall record and leads the team in Big Ten wins with a 7-1 record. Michalicka is 17-2 in dual play. In doubles, Baumann and Michalicka are No. 16 in the country.
Ohio State is 36-32 all-time vs. the Badgers. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 17-0 vs. Wisconsin. Ohio State has not lost to the Badgers since the 1998-99 season, dropping a 6-1 decision in Madison. Last time out, the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers, 4-0, in the first round of the 2009 Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor.  

In singles, five Buckeyes are a combined 13-0 against Michigan. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (5-0), junior Balazs Novak (3-0), junior Matt Allare (2-0), sophomore Chase Buchanan (2-0) and junior Shuhei Uzawa (1-0) all have perfect records vs. Wisconsin opponents in their careers.

Buckeye wins vs. Wisconsin (Active Team Members)
Oct. 23, 2008 – Justin Kronauge def. Marek Michalicka – 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
April 6, 2008 – Justin Kronauge def. Marek Michalicka – 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
April 6, 2008 – Shuhei Uzawa def. Luke Rassow-Kantor – 6-2, 5-7, 1-0
April 19, 2009 – Justin Kronauge def. Patrick Pohlmann – 6-1, 6-2
April 19, 2009 – Balazs Novak def. Luke Rassow-Kantor – 6-1, 6-2
April 19, 2009 – Chase Buchanan def. Michael Dierberger – 6-2, 6-3
April 24, 2009 – Chase Buchanan def. Luke Rassow-Kantor – 6-1, 6-3
April 24, 2009 – Balazs Novak def. Michael Dierberger – 6-3, 6-2

In singles, the Buckeyes are a combined 133-24 (.847) in dual play. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge paces the squad with 27 victories. In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 67-14 (.827). Juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa are 15-7 this year. Last season, Ohio State finished with a combined dual record of 173-23 (.883) in singles and was 81-22 (.786) in doubles.

In singles, senior co-captain Justin Kronauge leads the team in wins with 30 victories, while only suffering three losses. The two-time All-Big Ten honoree is 15-1 and 10-0 at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, this year. Junior Balazs Novak is 29-6 overall, winning his last 10 matches.

Novak is 29-3 overall in doubles. Partnering with Kronauge, the Buckeye duo is a perfect 14-0 overall, claiming 12 victories at No. 3.

Sophomore Chase Buchanan has had an impressive transition to the top of the singles lineup in 2009-10. Through 20 matches at No. 1, the native of New Albany, Ohio, has a 19-1 record. During the stretch, Buchanan has been victorious over 13 nationally-ranked opponents, including two in the Top 10. He defeated seventh-ranked Alexandre Lacroix of Florida 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 13, while also downing eighth-ranked Eric Quigley of Kentucky 7-5, 6-2 Feb. 21 in Columbus. Most recently, Buchanan downed Illinois’ Dennis Nevolo, 37th in the nation, April 18 in Columbus in the Buckeyes’ 6-1 win.

Buchanan began the 2010 spring season polled No. 103 in the ITA standings and has climbed 93 spots in the polls to 10th in the nation in the latest rankings announced Tuesday.

Sophomore Chase Buchanan recently was featured on On the official web site for U.S. Tennis, Buchanan discussed his transition he made to the collegiate game, as well as his tennis influences. To read more, click HERE.

Seniors Justin Kronauge and Mike O’Connell were named 2009-10 team captains, head coach Ty Tucker announced.

A 2008 ITA All-American and two-time Big Ten honoree (2008, ’09), Kronauge, in his final season, has the most singles and doubles wins of any active member on the team. In three-plus seasons with Ohio State, Kronauge has claimed 141 singles wins and 120 doubles victories.

O’Connell, a native of Holland Ohio, is a doubles specialist for the Buckeyes. O’Connell has a career doubles record of 34-14.

In the match vs. Cleveland State March 28, the two classmates paired for the first time this year and swept Phil Orno and Aris Spirtos at No. 3 doubles to claim the first point. It was the first time O’Connell competed since Jan. 17. He had shoulder surgery last summer.

Freshman Dino Marcan has been one of the hottest doubles players in the country in 2009-10. The native of Rijeka, Croatia, has a 27-3 overall record with 24 of the victories coming from dual competition. He has posted an 11-1 mark at No. 1 and a 10-2 ledger at No. 2 in his first season at Ohio State. Last summer, Marcan paired with Marin Draganja, also a native of Croatia, to win five matches for the 2009 French Open Junior title.

Junior Matt Allare, a native of Mason, Ohio, has been a clutch player for the Buckeyes this season. In 20 dual starts this year, Allare is 18-2 with a 9-1 record at No. 6 singles. He has been victorious at No. 6 in key Buckeye wins against No. 9 Kentucky, No. 13 Louisville, No. 41 LSU and No. 7 Georgia. Last year, Allare collected eight wins at No. 6, capping the season with a personal-best 28 victories.

Sophomores Devin McCarthy and Steven Williams have given the Buckeyes important depth in the singles lineup this year. The two second-year Buckeyes are a combined 17-0 in dual play. McCarthy has won 12 consecutive matches, while Williams is 9-1 in his last 10 starts. They have not lost a match this spring season.

Sophomore Chase Buchanan and freshman Dino Marcan are currently one of the hottest doubles pairs for the Buckeyes. Winning its last 13 matches, the Buckeye duo has a 10-1 mark at the top of the lineup. Buchanan and Marcan, currently polled 10th in the nation, upset the ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the nation in Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M, 8-7 (7-5) at No. 1 March 7 in Columbus as an unranked pair. Since the win over the Aggies, the duo has won 12 straight matches, winning each by a margin of two points or more.

After posting a win in singles play against Illinois (April 18), sophomore Devin McCarthy is 12-0 in dual competition this season. Also seeing time at No. 5 singles, 11 of his victories have been straight-set wins.

Several Buckeyes have claimed key wins against opponents ranked in the Campbell/ITA Division I Men’s Singles Rankings.

Justin Kronauge (30-3 overall)
No. 21 Ashley Watling (Tulsa) – 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
No. 29 Reid Carleton (Duke) – 6-3, 6-1
No. 29 Alex Musialek (Kentucky) – 6-4, 6-3
No. 54 Simon Childs (Louisville) – 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
No. 70 Alex Llompart (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 76 Abe Souza (Illinois) – 6-1, 6-3
No. 84 Simon Childs (Louisville) –  7-5, 6-2
No. 91 Daniel Stahl (Notre Dame) – 6-0, 6-4
No. 96 Nate Schnugg (Georgia) – 6-3, 6-2
No. 97 Evan King (Michigan) – 6-3, 6-3

Chase Buchanan (24-4 overall)
No. 7 Alexandre Lacroix (Florida) – 6-2, 6-4
No. 8 Eric Quigley (Kentucky) – 7-6, 6-2
No. 16 Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) – 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 18 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 6-3, 6-1
No. 29 Casey Watt (Notre Dame) – 6-1, 6-1
No. 34 Austen Childs (Louisville) – 6-4, 6-7, 6-4
No. 36 Clay Donato (North Carolina) – 6-3, 6-4
No. 37 Dennis Nevolo (Illinois) – 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 41 Jason Jung (Michigan) – 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
No. 54 Marcel Thiemann (Mississippi) – 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
No. 66 Sebastian Gallego (Minnesota) – 6-4, 6-1
No. 90 Bassam Beidas (Pepperdine) – 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
No. 98 Stephen Havens (Notre Dame) – 6-1, 6-3

Shuhei Uzawa (17-15 overall)
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 7-6, 6-3
No. 78 Mihai Nichifor (Columbia) – 6-1, 6-2

Dino Marcan (21-6 overall)
No. 16 Jarmere Jenkins (Virginia) –  6-1, 6-4
No. 81 Andrew Carter (Louisville) –  6-3, 6-4
No. 99 Brennan Boyajian (North Carolina) – 6-1, 7-5
No. 105 Tobias Wernet (Minnesota) – 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

Balazs Novak (29-6 overall)
No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Matt Allare (21-4 overall)
No. 122 Chidi Gabriel (Louisville) – 6-4, 6-3

Steven Williams (15-3 overall)
No. 97 Marek Czerwinski (Illinois) – 6-4, 6-4

Juniors Matt Allare, Balazs Novak and Shuhei Uzawa have had impressive careers since joining the team in 2007. In singles, the trio has a combined overall record of 231-66 (.778) in less than three complete seasons. In singles, Allare, Novak and Uzawa are a combined 56-6 in Big Ten play.

Last year, the three Buckeyes each won at least 25 matches in both singles and doubles as sophomores.

For the 10th time this season, a Buckeye was named Big Ten Player of the Week the conference announced April 13. Sophomore Chase Buchanan won his sixth weekly honor this season after his performance against Notre Dame April 7, Michigan State and Toledo April 9 and Michigan April 11. He leads the conference in weekly awards after picking up five laurels earlier this year (Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 9, March 16, April 6). Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge won his fifth-career weekly honor after his performance against No. 62 Penn State and Cleveland State March 28. He won the award once earlier this year (Feb. 9). Freshman Dino Marcan (Jan. 19 and Feb. 16) earned athlete of the week honors earlier this season as well.

Ty Tucker Accomplishments…

  • Named 2009 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year; the first in program history
  • has 34 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and a two-time Academic All-American (Vincent Ng in 2002 and ’03)
  • has 23 All-Big Ten selections
  • has coached three Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athletes of the Year (Ng, 2003, Bryan Koniecko 2008 and ’09), three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year (Joey Atas, 2004, Koniecko 2006 and Justin Kronauge, 2007) and owns five Big Ten Coach of the Year honors(2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
  • has had the No. 1 ranked singles player three times — Jeremy Wurtzman in 2004, Steven Moneke in 2007, Bryan Koniecko 2009
  • has won 284 matches against 50 defeats (.850)
  • has an average record of 26-5 per season (2000-present)
  • has the best single regular-season win percentage (2009) in school history (.947/36-2)
  • has had two players set school career singles wins record (132, Vincent Ng from 2000-03; 146 Steven Moneke from 2006-2009)
  • has had four players set the program’s career doubles wins record (Bryan Koniecko with 125 from 2006-2009; Drew Eberly with 118 from 2005-08; Ross Wilson with 118 from 2003-06; Scott Green with 117 from 2003-06)
  • has had three players set the school record for career combined singles and doubles wins (261, Justin Kronauge from 2007-present; 254, Bryan Koniecko from 2006-2009; 208, Ross Wilson from 2003-06)

 Ohio State Accomplishments Under Tucker…

  • Advanced to the program’s first NCAA Championships Final (2009)
  • finished 2009 ranked No. 2 nationally as a team with a 36-2 record (13-0 in the Big Ten)
  • has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 103-consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
  • attained program’s best ranking (No. 1) Jan. 6 – Feb. 19, 2008
  • has won 108 consecutive home matches (April 6, 2003 to present)
  • has won 37 consecutive Big Ten home matches
  • has won 61 consecutive Big Ten matches dating back to 2005
  • has won 111 consecutive dual matches (non-tournament) from Feb. 26, 2006 – present
  • earned 10 regular-season Big Ten Conference victories, four times (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
  • has won 46 consecutive regular-season road matches beginning with Feb. 26, 2006 win (4-2) at No. 21 VCU to its April 14, 2010 win (4-2) at No. 18 Mississippi
  • had the No. 3 ranked doubles team (32-5 overall in 2006 and 3 national indoor titles from 2004-06)
  • has 10 consecutive 20-win seasons (a school record) with Tucker as the head coach
  • has 15 20-win seasons all-time, more than half with Tucker as head coach
  • has been to 10-consecutive NCAA team tournaments, second in the Big Ten only to Illinois’ 14
  • won the 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Tournaments
  • won outright 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Championships
  • has led Ohio State to the best four-year combined Big Ten regular-season record in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (40-0)
  • has led Ohio State to the best four-year combined regular season record in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (129-8)

Ohio State will now prepare for the 2010 Big Ten Tournament April 29-May 2 in Bloomington, Ind.