May 16, 2010

* Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the fifth-consecutive year, the Ohio State men's tennis team is headed to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Team Championship after defeating Michigan, 4-1, Sunday in the second round at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes (34-1) will now travel to Athens, Ga., and will face Wisconsin at 9 a.m. May 21 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The University of Georgia will serve as hosts the remainder of the tournament.

Freshman Dino Marcan claimed the Buckeyes' 34th win after battling from behind to win 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 over Mike Sroczynski at No. 3 singles. The win puts Marcan at 22-9 this season.

Against Michigan, the Buckeyes are now 26-73-1 all-time. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State is 15-2 vs. Michigan, winning the last 15 matches. Last season in NCAA play, the Buckeyes downed Michigan, 4-1, May 9, 2009, in the second round of the tournament in Columbus.

"It feels great to win against one of our biggest rivals," Tucker said. "Head coach Bruce Berque always has his team ready to play and it was a battle from the start."

Ohio State has now won 110 consecutive home matches, dating back to 2003. This year, the Buckeyes went a perfect 21-0 on their home courts, marking the seventh-consecutive year they have won all their home matches. The 21 home wins also are the most home victories in Ohio State program history.

In doubles, the Buckeyes won their 31st point of the year, winning at Nos. 3 and 2, respectively. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge made history while paired with junior Balazs Novak at No. 3. The Buckeye pair defeated Chris Madden and Chris Cha, 8-4, to move Kronauge into sole possession of first place on the all-time career doubles wins list with 126 victories. Kronauge passed former teammate Bryan Koniecko (2006-09), while the Buckeye duo improved its undefeated record to 20-0 this season.

"It was a huge fight today and they weren't going to give up," Kronauge said. "It's been an unbelievable year and we are glad to continue our season in Georgia next week."

At No. 2 doubles, juniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa clinched the opening point with an 8-6 victory over George Navas and Sroczynski. Allare and Uzawa have now won a team-best 22 matches (11 losses) this year.

In singles, Allare finished first for the Buckeyes for the 12th time this year. He defeated Navas in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to move to 25-5 overall on the year, including an 8-1 mark at No. 5. At No. 4, Novak won his team-high 36th match of the year after winning 6-3, 6-2 over Madden to put the Buckeyes within one point of taking the victory over the Wolverines. Novak has now won 17 consecutive matches this year.

Michigan won its only point at No. 6 when Cha won back-to-back sets vs. Uzawa 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. A native of Chiba, Japan, Uzawa is now 20-16 in his third Buckeye campaign.

Live updates as well as bracket information of the Round of 16 will be available at ncaa.com and georgiadogs.com.

Tennis Match Final Results

Singles competition
1. No. 8 Chase Buchanan (OSU) vs. No. 38 Jason Jung (MICH) 6-3, 4-6, 1-1, unfinished
2. No. 23 Justin Kronauge (OSU) vs. Evan King (MICH) 6-7 (5-7), 4-5, unfinished
3. Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Mike Sroczynski (MICH) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-2
4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Chris Madden (MICH) 6-3, 6-2
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. George Navas (MICH) 6-3, 6-2
6. Chris Cha (MICH) def. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. No. 9 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) vs. No. 31 Jason Jung/Evan King (MICH) 6-5, unfinished
2. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. George Navas/Mike Sroczynski (MICH) 8-6
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Chris Madden/Chris Cha (MICH) 8-4