COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team will travel South to face a pair of SEC opponents in No. 55 LSU and No. 6 Georgia this week. The Buckeyes will meet the Tigers at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La., before traveling to Athens to take on the Bulldogs at 3 p.m. Thursday.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING
Ohio State (14-1; 1-0 Big Ten) has won six-consecutive matches with wins against No. 9 Kentucky (5-2), Wright State (7-0), No. 13 Louisville (5-2), No. 17 Texas A&M (4-3), No. 60 Purdue (7-0) and Detroit Mercy (7-0) since dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 1 Virginia Feb. 14. Ohio State owns a perfect 12-0 record at home this season with five victories over Top 25 opponents.
Perfect at home, the Buckeyes definitely will be tested this week as they compete for the first time on the road in dual play.
QUICK LOOK BACK
Ohio State concluded a four-match homestand with a 7-0 win over Detroit Mercy March 18 at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. It was the first time this season the Buckeyes were able to play at their outdoor venue.
Ohio State began the shutout by winning the doubles point for the 12th time this season. Justin Kronauge and Shuhei Uzawa downed the Titan duo of Christopher Cheung and Nick Tolomei at No. 3, 8-2, before Balazs Novak and Dino Marcan matched that score (8-2), beating Patrick Troy and Cesar Serrano in the No. 2 spot to clinch the opening point.
Uzawa, a junior ranked 117th in the nation, earned the Buckeyes’ their 14th win of the season when he downed Alex Latosinsky 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Uzawa improves to 15-10 overall, including 4-0 at No. 3.
Kronauge, the 26th-ranked team co-captain, now has 128 career singles victories, which is fourth on the all-time career wins list, following his 6-1, 6-0 win over Patrick Troy. The Dayton, Ohio, native is just one win shy of tying former teammate and four-time All-American Bryan Koniecko for third on the list with 129. Also, with the doubles victory, Kronauge is fifth on the program’s all-time wins list with 107.
The team leader with 18 wins, Novak handed Serrano a 6-2, 6-0 loss at No. 5 singles. In 68 career dual matches, the native of Budapest, Hungary, has only suffered five losses.
Owning a 6-2 record in his last eight matches, junior Matt Allare posted his 11th win of the season when he defeated Tolomei 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 4 position.
Seeing action in his second straight match, sophomore Devin McCarthy is only one of two Buckeyes to have an undefeated record in dual action (6-0). Sophomore Steven Williams is 3-0 in dual play as well. McCarthy beat Cheung 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6.
Wrapping up the afternoon was Marcan. The freshman, who is ranked 74th in the country, is now 14-3 overall this season after winning 6-4, 6-1 over Pjotrs Necajevs.
100 AND COUNTING
Ohio State extended its home win streak to 101 consecutive matches after sweeping Detroit Mercy, 7-0, at Stickney Tennis Center March 18. 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 16 home competitions last season, marking the sixth-consecutive year it won all its home matches. The streak began in 2003, starting with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6. This season, Ohio State is 12-0 at home.
Sophomore Devin McCarthy played in his second consecutive match against Detroit Mercy March 18. Playing at No. 6 singles, McCarthy posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Purdue’s Matt Mannasse March 12 and then handed Titan Christopher Cheung a 6-3, 6-2 loss.
After posting back-to-back wins in singles play against Purdue (March 12) and Detroit Mercy (March 18), sophomore Devin McCarthy is 6-0 in dual action this season. Also seeing time at No. 5 singles, all of McCarthy’s wins have been straight-set victories.
Ohio State won the doubles point against Detroit Mercy March 18 for the 12th time this season and has a perfect record when winning that first point. The Buckeyes are 2-1 after losing the doubles point.
PERHAPS WE CAN DO IT AGAIN?
The Buckeyes were able to get out into the sunshine in their match vs. Detroit Mercy March 18. For the first time this season, Ohio State was able to play outdoors at the Stickney Tennis Center. During inclement weather or cold conditions, Ohio State plays in its indoor venue, The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center on Henderson Road.
BUCKEYES RECEIVE HIGH RANKING
Ohio State is No. 4 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released March 16. 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.
Ohio State is 4-0 all-time as the No. 4 team in the country. The Buckeyes have been polled in the ITA Top 10 for 103 consecutive matches. That streak began March 7, 2006.
BUCKEYES RANKED IN THE POLLS
Four Buckeyes are in the Top 125 of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released March 16. In singles, sophomore Chase Buchanan is No. 17. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge is No. 26, while freshman Dino Marcan is No. 74. Junior Shuhei Uzawa is polled at No. 117.
Buchanan is 14-4 overall this season with a 10-1 mark at No. 1 singles. Kronauge is 17-3 overall with a 6-3 record against nationally-ranked opponents. Marcan is 14-3 overall, including a 3-1 mark against nationally-ranked opponents. He is 9-3 in dual play. Uzawa is 15-10 overall.
In doubles, Buchanan and Marcan are No. 43. The Buckeye duo is 3-1 this year.
LOOKING GOOD EARLY
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).
Led by 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have won a school-record 98 consecutive regular-season (non-tournament) matches dating back to 2006. Ohio State last lost, 5-2, Feb. 26, 2006 to Notre Dame in South Bend.
THE LSU TIGERS
Louisiana State, ranked No. 55 in the latest ITA standings, is 4-7 overall this season. Last time out, the Tigers dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 13 Ole Miss on the road March 15. LSU is 0-6 vs. Top 25 opponents with Top 10 losses against top-ranked Virginia (7-0) Feb. 20 and No. 7 Florida (7-0) March 7. The Tigers’ lone Top 50 win was a 4-3 victory over No. 49 Mississippi State March 12.
Last season, LSU finished with an 11-12 record. The team lost 4-2 to second-ranked Ole Miss in the round of 32 at the NCAA championship.
LSU IN THE RANKINGS
Neal Skupski is No. 46 in the ITA rankings. Skupski owns a 14-11 overall record with a 4-4 mark at the top of the lineup. In conference play, Skupski is 3-1.
OHIO STATE VS. THE TIGERS
The Buckeyes are 5-5 all-time vs. LSU. Last time out, Ohio State defeated the Tigers, 7-0, Feb. 22, 2009, at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The Buckeyes have won the last five meetings. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is 5-1 against the Tigers.
THE GEORIGA BULLDOGS
Georgia, ranked sixth in the nation, is 12-3 overall. Previously, the Bulldogs lost, 4-2, to third-ranked USC at home. The setback snapped a seven-match win streak. Georgia is 3-3 vs. nationally-ranked opponents and has key wins against then-No. 11 Ole Miss (4-3) Feb. 12, then-No. 6 Kentucky (4-3) March 12 and then-No. 25 Alabama (4-2) March 5. In conference play, the Bulldogs are a perfect 4-0, downing Kentucky, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Auburn.
Last season, Georgia advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship before being eliminated by Texas May 16 at the Georgia Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas. The team finished with a 25-4 overall record and rounded out the year ranked sixth in the nation.
BULLDOGS IN THE RANKINGS
Javier Garrapiz is No. 18 in the most recent ITA standings, while Nate Schnugg is No. 96. Garrapiz is 23-12 overall and Schnugg is 17-11 overall. In doubles, Jamie Hunt and Schnugg are No. 39, claiming 14 victories in 2009-10.
OHIO STATE VS. GEORGIA
The Buckeyes are 1-10 all-time vs. the Bulldogs. The lone win over Georgia came during the 2007-08 campaign, a 4-1 win Feb. 17 in the semifinals of the 2008 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash.
OSU’S RECORD IN 2009-10 WHEN…
Playing ranked teams: 6-1
Leading after doubles point: 12-0
Trailing after doubles point: 2-1
Playing at home: 12-0
Playing on the road: 0-0
Playing at neutral site: 2-1
Winning at No. 1 singles: 13-0
Losing at No. 1 singles: 1-0
Winning at No. 2 singles: 13-1
Losing at No. 2 singles: 1-1
Winning at No. 3 singles: 12-1
Losing at No. 3 singles: 2-0
Winning at No. 4 singles: 12-0
Losing at No. 4 singles: 2-1
Winning at No. 5 singles: 9-0
Losing at No. 5 singles: 5-1
Winning at No. 6 singles: 12-1
Losing at No. 6 singles: 0-1
Winning at No. 1 doubles: 9-0
Losing at No. 1 doubles: 4-1
Winning at No. 2 doubles: 12-0
Losing at No. 2 doubles: 2-1
Winning at No. 3 doubles: 12-1
Losing at No. 3 doubles: 1-1
Playing indoors: 13-1
Playing outdoors: 1-0
Chase Buchanan winning singles: 10-0
Justin Kronauge winning singles: 14-0
Dino Marcan winning singles: 10-0
Balazs Novak winning singles: 12-0
Shuhei Uzawa winning singles: 8-1
Matt Allare winning singles: 8-0
Dino Marcan/Balazs Novak winning doubles: 10-0
Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa winning doubles: 7-1
Chase Buchanan/Justin Kronauge winning doubles: 7-0
SUCCESS IN DUALS
In singles, the Buckeyes are a combined 72-15 (.828) in dual play. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge paces the squad with 14 victories. In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 34-10 (.773). Junior Balazs Novak and freshman Dino Marcan lead the way with a 9-2 mark.Last season, Ohio State finished with a combined dual record of 173-23 (.883) in singles and was 81-22 (.786) in doubles.
NOVAK LEADS BUCKEYES
In singles, junior Balazs Novak leads the Buckeyes in wins this season with 18 singles victories and tops the team in doubles with 17 wins.
Novak is 18-5 overall, winning eight of his last 10 matches. In 68 career dual matches, the native of Budapest, Hungary, has only suffered five losses.
Novak is 17-3 overall in doubles. Partnering with freshman Dino Marcan, the Buckeye duo is 12-2, including a 9-2 mark in duals.
BUCHANAN AT NO. 1
Sophomore Chase Buchanan has had an impressive transition to the top of the singles lineup in 2009-10. Through 11 matches at No. 1, the native of New Albany, Ohio, has a 10-1 record. During the stretch, Buchanan has been victorious over six 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.
Buchanan began the 2010 spring season polled No. 103 in the ITA standings and has climbed 86 spots in the polls to 17th in the nation in the latest rankings announced March 16.
KRONAUGE, O’CONNELL TO LEAD BUCKEYES
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 returns for his final season with the most singles and doubles wins of any active member on the team. In three seasons with Ohio State, Kronauge has claimed 128 singles wins and 107 doubles victories.
O’Connell, a native of Holland Ohio, returns for his final year as a doubles specialist for the Buckeyes. O’Connell has a career doubles record of 32-14 and 17-9 in dual play.
KRONAUGE CLIMBS SINGLES, DOUBLES CHARTS
Senior Justin Kronauge secured one singles and one doubles win against Detroit Mercy March 18 to continue his rise in the program’s record books for career singles and doubles victories. In singles, the Dayton, Ohio, native has 128 career victories, which is fourth on the all-time career wins list. Kronauge is one win shy of tying former four-time All-American Bryan Koniecko for third on the list.
In doubles, Kronauge became the sixth Buckeye in program history to hit the 100-win mark. He currently has 107 career doubles wins, which is fifth on the all-time career wins list. He is also just the third Buckeye in OSU history to have at least 100 singles wins and 100 doubles wins. Koniecko and Steven Moneke are the other two student-athletes to accomplish the feat.
Kronauge is currently third on the all-time combined career wins list with 235 victories. Koniecko and Moneke are first and second, respectively, with 254 and 247 victories.
AGAINST THE BEST
Several Buckeyes have claimed key wins against opponents ranked in the Campbell/ITA Division I Men’s Singles Rankings.
BUCKEYE WINS VS. RANKED OPPONENTS IN 2009-10:
Justin Kronauge (17-3 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. 84 Simon Childs (Louisville) – 7-5, 6-2
Chase Buchanan (14-4 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. 34 Austen Childs (Louisville) – 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4
No. 36 Clay Donato (North Carolina) – 6-3, 6-4
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 (15-10 overall)
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) – 7-6, 6-3
No. 78 Mihai Nichifor (Columbia) – 6-1, 6-2
Dino Marcan (14-3 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
Balazs Novak (18-5 overall)
No. 96 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
Matt Allare (11-4 overall)
No. 122 Chidi Gabriel (Louisville) – 6-4, 6-3
Steven Williams (13-3 overall)
No. 97 Marek Czerwinski (Illinois) – 6-4, 6-4
STRONG JUNIOR CLASS
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 208-60 (.776) in less than three complete seasons. In singles, Allare, Novak and Uzawa are a combined 42-4 in Big Ten play.
Last year, the three Buckeyes each won at least 25 matches in both singles and doubles as sophomores.
THE BIG TEN’S BEST
For the seventh time this season, a Buckeye was named Big Ten Player of the Week the conference announced March 16. Sophomore Chase Buchanan won his fourth-career weekly honor after his performance against No. 60 Purdue March 12. He has won the award three previous times this year (Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 9). Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge (Feb. 9) and freshman Dino Marcan (Jan. 19 and Feb. 16) earned athlete of the week honors earlier this season as well.
NOTING THE TY TUCKER ERA (as of March 22)
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Ohio State will return home to face Penn State and Cleveland State March 28 at noon and 6 p.m., respectively, in the third home doubleheader of the season. Live updates will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.