Feb. 7, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s tennis team improved to No. 2 nationally in the latest FILA Intercollegiate Tennis Association Poll released Tuesday. The second-place ranking is the highest by the Buckeyes in school history. The previous high was No. 3, a spot Ohio State attained in the preseason rankings this year.

Ohio State improved to 4-0 this season after recording victories over Butler, Xavier, No. 18 Washington and No. 13 Florida State each by a 7-0 score to open the season.

The Buckeyes boast six singles players among the Top 70 in the country. Sophomore Steven Moneke (Alten-Busick, Germany/Gesamtschale Giessen-Ost) started the season as the top-ranked singles player. In addition to Moneke, seniors Devin Mullings (Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory) and Chris Klingemann (Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) opened the season ranked Nos. 42 and 46, respectively. Sophomore Bryan Koniecko (Long Island, N.Y./Syosset), the 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, began the season at the No. 62 spot. Junior Drew Eberly (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) comes in at No. 64 and freshman Justin Kronauge (Dayton, Ohio/Centerville) is No. 69.

Mullings and Klingemann combine to form the No. 22 doubles team in the nation. The pair is 11-4 on the year.

Ohio State head men’s tennis coach Ty Tucker is proud to be ranked so high.

“It is great for the guys but it is very early,” Tucker said. “I hope we can continue to improve every day and that we work to overachieve. We have been working hard on doubles and we will need to win the doubles point to keep this ranking. We have a tough next 12 days but we are looking forward to the challenges.”

Ohio State hosts Toldeo Wednesday at 2 p.m., then heads to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the No. No. 36 Volunteers of Tennessee Friday. The Buckeyes’ next home match is 6 p.m., Feb. 12 against No. 37 Kentucky at the Wickertree Tennis and Fitness Center.

Fila Intercollegiate Tennis Rankings (Feb. 6)
Rk. School

1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
4. Virginia
5. Mississippi
6. Illinois
7. Florida
8. Baylor
9. Notre Dame
10. Pepperdine
11. Miami (Florida)
12. Duke
13. Virginia Commonwealth
14. Florida State
15. USC
16. Oklahoma State
17. Washington
18. Boise State
19. Texas
20. Texas A&M
21. LSU
22. North Carolina
23. Michigan
24. Clemson
25. California