COLUMBUS, Ohio –The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team downed No. 57 Northwestern, 6-1, Friday at the Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. With the win the Buckeyes recorded their 20th consecutive victory this season and are within one win of claiming their fifth-consecutive Big Ten regular season championship.
Ohio State (28-1; 9-0 Big Ten) is now 41-43 all-time vs. the Wildcats. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is 12-1 against Northwestern, winning the last six matches. Ohio State improves its regular-season (non-tournament) win streak to 112, its Big Ten win streak to 62 and its road win streak to 47 consecutive matches. This season, the Scarlet and Gray is 7-0 on the road.
Junior Balazs Novak claimed the Buckeyes’ 28th victory this season after defeating Andrew McCarthy, brother of sophomore Devin McCarthy, in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, at No. 4 singles. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Novak becomes the second Buckeye to hit the 30-win mark. It is the second straight year Novak has had at least 30 singles wins in a season.
In doubles, the Buckeyes won their 19th-consecutive doubles point with wins in each match. Juniors Shuhei Uzawa and Matt Allare finished first, winning, 8-1, over Tobias Reitz and Alex Sanborn at No. 2. The Buckeye tandem now has a team-high 19 wins this season. At No. 3, senior co-captain Justin Kronauge and Novak won their 15th-consecutive match to stay perfect on the year. The two downed Sidarth Balaji and McCarthy, 8-2. At the top of the lineup, 10th-ranked Dino Marcan and Chase Buchanan won, 8-7 (7-3), over No. 54 Joshua Graves and Spencer Wolf. Marcan and Buchanan are now 15-1 on the season, claiming 14 straight victories.
In singles, Allare also finished first in the second part of competition at No. 6. He defeated Chris Jackman 6-2, 6-1 to claim his 13th-consecutive win. Allare is 19-2 in dual play this season. At No. 3, No. 40 Kronauge won his 142nd career match, posting a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Spencer Wolf. Kronauge, who has a team-high 31 wins this year, is now four victories shy of tying former Buckeye Steven Moneke for first all-time in program history with 146 career wins.
The Wildcats picked up a point at No. 2 singles to make the score, 3-1, in favor of the Buckeyes. Balaji upset No. 103 Marcan 6-2, 6-2. Marcan falls to 17-7 in dual competition. At No. 5, Uzawa won his match to claim his 18th of the season. A native of Chiba, Japan, Uzawa defeated Sanborn 6-2, 6-4.
10th-ranked Buchanan continued his dominance at the top of the lineup with his 14th victory over a nationally-ranked opponent. Buchanan won 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7) against No. 91 Graves to improve to 20-1 at No. 1 and 25-4 overall.
Ohio State will now prepare for its final regular-season match of the 2010 campaign at No. 27 Wisconsin at noon Sunday in Madison. Live stats will be available at www.uwbadgers.com.
No. 4 Ohio State 6, No. 57 Northwestern 1
Combe Tennis Center
April 23, 2010
Tennis Match Final Results
1. No. 10 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 91 Joshua Graves (Northwestern) – 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
2. Sidarth Balaji (Northwestern) def. No. 103 Dino Marcan (OSU) – 6-2, 6-2
3. No. 40 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Spencer Wolf (Northwestern) – 6-1, 6-0
4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Andrew McCarthy (Northwestern) – 6-4, 6-3
5. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Alex Sanborn (Northwestern) – 6-2, 6-4
6. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Chris Jackman (Northwestern) – 6-2, 6-1
1. No. 10 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. No. 54 Joshua Graves/Spencer Wolf (Northwestern) – 8-7 (7-3)
2. Shuhei Uzawa/Matt Allare (OSU) def. Tobias Reitz/Alex Sanborn (Northwestern) – 8-1
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Andrew McCarthy/Sidarth Balaji (Northwestern) – 8-2
*Rankings from latest Campbell/ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings announced April 20
Ohio State 28-1; 9-0 Big Ten; National ranking No. 4
Northwestern 9-13, 1-8 Big Ten; National ranking No. 57
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,2,4,5,1)