March 1, 2009

Courtesy of Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 10 Baylor, 7-0, Sunday at the Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Sophomore Matt Allare claimed the match for the Buckeyes at No. 4 singles, defeating Maros Horny in a three-set comeback 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0. Allare has now won 12-consecutive singles matches for the 2009 spring season.

Under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes (13-1; 1-0 Big Ten) have now won 80-consecutive home matches, dating back to the 2003 season. The Scarlet and Gray improve to 3-1 in the all-time series against the Bears and have won the last three meetings.  
                                                                                                                                          
Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa won the first doubles match, 8-2, against Attila Bucko and Marc Bruche at No. 3 doubles. The Buckeye duo improves to 4-0 overall on the season. At Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, the two teams battled fiercely as the Bears looked to make a comeback and take the last two matches and the doubles point.

However, Steven Moneke and Justin Kronauge managed to go up a break point in the 15th game against David Galic and Jordan Rux, making the score 8-7 in the Scarlet and Gray favor. With the crowd on its feet, the 2008 ITA Buckeye All-Americans went on to take the match, 9-7, and claim the doubles point for the Buckeyes. The two move to 5-2 in dual play.

At No. 2 doubles, Matt Allare and Balazs Novak won their fourth-consecutive match paired together winning, 9-7, against Denes Lukacs and Horny.

In singles, Kronauge, ranked 23rd in the latest ITA standings, defeated Dominik Mueller in straight sets 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3 singles. The win puts Kronauge at 21-6 overall on the season and a perfect 7-0 when playing at the No. 3 slot.

The Buckeyes took a 3-0 advantage over the Bears after No. 4 Koniecko defeated No. 38 Rux 6-3, 6-4, at No. 2 singles. The win moves Koniecko to sole possession of fourth on the all-time career singles list with 114 triumphs. Koniecko passed Mike Massie (1983-86:113 wins) and is now 22-2 overall in singles.

At No. 1 singles, No. 23 Moneke defeated No. 10 Lukacs 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and put the Buckeyes one match away from the sweep. Moneke has now won 13-consecutive matches this season and has 123 career singles wins; three away from tying Roger Smith (1983-86), second on the all-time career singles wins list.

After dropping the first set, No. 82 Uzawa took two-consecutive sets over Bruche, winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6 singles. No. 63 Novak defeated Bucko 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-5) and clinched the sweep for the Buckeyes. Novak is now 11-1 in dual matches, while Uzawa moves to 10-3 in singles dual competition.

Ohio State heads to State College, Pa., to face No. 46 Penn State for its second Big Ten dual match of the 2009 spring season.

Tennis Match Final Results
Baylor vs. Ohio State
March 1, 2009 at Ohio State
The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

#3 Ohio State 7, #10 Baylor 0

Singles competition
1. #22 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. #10 Denes Lukacs (BU) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
2. #4 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. #38 Jordan Rux (BU) -6-3, 6-4
3. #23 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Dominik Mueller (BU) - 6-1, 6-0
4. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Maros Horny (BU) - 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0
5. #63 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Attila Bucko (BU) - 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-5)
6. #82 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Marc Bruche (BU) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Justin Kronauge/Steven Moneke (OSU) def. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) - 9-7
2. Matt Allare/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) - 9-7
3. Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Attila Bucko/Marc Bruche (BU) - 8-2

Match Notes:
Baylor 8-4; National ranking #10
Ohio State 13-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,4,6,1)
Official: Vince Solomon  

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Courtesy of Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 33rd ranked University of Louisville men’s tennis team upset 13th ranked Texas A&M 6-1 Sunday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.  Louisville improves to 11-2 on the season, while the Aggies drop to 3-4.

“What an incredible bounce back,” said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma.  “After such a tough loss against Wake Forest on Friday, we beat No. 13 ranked team Texas A&M 6-1.  This is definitely a signature win for our team. We had a good practice Saturday to help us get over a loss in which we were up 3-0 on the visitors, but fell 4-3.”

U of L went ahead 1-0 early by taking the doubles point. The Cards sixth-ranked duo of Austen Childs and Simon Childs beat Conor Pollock and Austin Krajicek 8-6 at the top seed, while 33rd ranked Robert Rotaru and Alejandro Calligari picked up an 8-4 win over Alexey Grigorov and Austin Klores at the two-spot. Texas A&M’s Marcus Lunt and Wil Spencer defeated Viktor Maksimcuk and Robert Hall 8-6 at No. 3.

In singles action, No. 46 Austen Childs upset No. 14 Pollock 6-4, 6-2 at the top seed while Maksimcuk defeated No. 35 Spencer 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 at the two-spot. Simon Childs topped No. 69 Krajicek 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 at No.
3. Calligari outlasted Grigorov 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at the four-spot. Andrew Carter pick up his 12th straight win with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Colin Hoover at No. 6.

“Texas A & M is very, very talented,” said Ecarma. “This team is very well coached but we won a majority of the big points.  Viktor could have folded being up 6-1, 5 -2 and losing the second set but he did not.
 Simon Childs has bounced back beautifully after some tough losses.
Alejandro was in a tough third set match and closed it out with a strong serve game and Andrew Carter comes in after not playing for a while and wins decisively.  There were a lot of heroes today.  A big bounce back win like this shows how much character and pride this team has.  They are a joy to coach.”

The Cardinals are back in action on March 6 when they travel to No. 31 Virginia Tech.

#33 Louisville 6 - #13 Texas A&M 1
March 1, 2009 – Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
Singles
1 - #46 Austen Childs (UL) d. #14 Conor Pollock (A&M) 6-4, 6-2
2 - Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) d. #35 Wil Spencer 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
3 - Simon Childs (UL) d. #69 Austin Krajicek (A&M) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
4 - Alejandro Calligari (UL) d. Alexey Grigorov (A&M) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
5 - Marcus Lunt (A&M) d. Robert Hall (UL) 6-3, 7-6(6)
6 - Andrew Carter (UL) d. Colin Hoover (A&M) 6-4, 6-2 Doubles
1 - #6 Childs/Childs (UL) d. #8 Pollock/Krajicek (A&M) 8-6
2 - #33 Robert Rotaru/Calligari (UL) d. Grigorov Austin Klores (A&M)
8-4
3 - Lunt/Spencer (A&M) d. Maksimcuk/Hall (UL) 8-6