Ohio State Buckeyes Make History with
100 Consecutive Home Wins
Ohio State downs Purdue, 7-0; owns 54 match winning streak against Big Ten opponents
Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics
COLUMBUS, Ohio – When the Ohio State men’s tennis team last lost a home match the date was April 5, 2003. Exactly 2,532 days ago the Buckeyes dropped a 5-2 decision to Big Ten conference rival Illinois. No one can be quite sure what head coach Ty Tucker said to inspire that squad and future teams to come, but nonetheless it worked. One hundred consecutive home wins later, Ohio State has accomplished one of the most impressive feats in all of athletics.
The fourth-ranked Buckeyes (13-1; 1-0 Big Ten) opened their league schedule with a 7-0 win against No. 60 Purdue Friday night and in front of 225 friends, family and fans who wanted to witness history, earned their 100th-straight win in Columbus.
Also, in the mix of those 100 straight home victories is a 54 consecutive match winning streak against Big Ten opponents. These are numbers that may not be mentioned by the major primetime sports shows, but let it be noted now.
Ohio State began the match winning the doubles point, giving up only seven points between the three matches. Justin Kronauge and Steven Williams clinched the opening point courtesy of an 8-3 victory over Jan Frans Engelbrecht and Matt Mannasse at the No. 3 position. The duo of Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan won, 8-2, at No. 1 over Thomas Wilson and Slavko Bijelica, setting a tone of Buckeye confidence. Not long after already owning a 1-0 lead, the Buckeye pair of Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa downed Eric Ramos and Billy Heuer, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles.
Knowing what was at stake for the Ohio State program, the Scarlet and Gray began the singles portion of the match in inspiring fashion. Four of the six contests were first-set 6-1 victories, while three of the second-set wins were 6-0 wins.
Making his way into the lineup, sophomore Devin McCarthy cemented his place into Buckeye history as his 6-1, 6-0 win lifted Ohio State to the century mark. A Cincinnati, Ohio, native McCarthy defeated Mannasse at No. 6 singles.
Allare once again kept his time on the court short, beating Heuer 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4. Allare has now been the first off the courts in singles competition five times this season and improves to 10-4 on the season.
Owning a 10-1 ledger at No. 1 singles, Buchanan handed Bijelica a 6-1, 6-0 loss. The 23rd ranked player in the nation, Buchanan is 14-4 overall.
Uzawa, No. 91 in the country, posted a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Engelbrecht at No. 5 singles, while No. 30 Kronauge earned a 6-1, 6-2 win against Wilson at No. 3. With the singles win, Kronauge is in sole possession of fourth place in Ohio State career singles wins with 127. His doubles victory gives him 106 for his career, which is fifth all-time in program history.
Ty Tucker Accomplishments...
· Named 2009 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year; the first in program history· has 34 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and a two-time Academic All-American (Vincent Ng in 2002 and '03)
· has 23 All-Big Ten selections
· has coached three Big Ten Men's Tennis Athletes of the Year (Ng, 2003, Bryan Koniecko 2008 and '09), three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year (Joey Atas, 2004, Koniecko 2006 and Justin Kronauge, 2007) and owns five Big Ten Coaches of the Year (2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
· had the No. 1 ranked singles player -- Jeremy Wurtzman in 2004, Steven Moneke in 2007, Koniecko 2009
· has won 267 matches against 50 defeats (.842)
· has an average record of 26-5 per season (2000-present)
· has the best single regular-season win percentage (2009) in school history (.947/36-2)
· has had two players set school career singles wins record (132, Ng from 2000-03; 146 Moneke from 2006-2009)
· has had three players set the program's career doubles wins record (Koniecko with 125 from 2006-2009; Ross Wilson with 118 from 2003-06; Scott Green with 117 from 2003-06)
· has had two players set the school record for career combined singles and doubles wins (254, Koniecko from 2006-2009; 209, Ross Wilson from 2003-06)
Ohio State Accomplishments Under Tucker...
· Advanced to the program's first NCAA Championships Final (2009)
· finished 2009 ranked No. 2 nationally as a team with a 36-2 record (10-0 in the Big Ten)
· has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 101-consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
· attained program's best ranking (No. 1) Jan. 6 - Feb. 19, 2008
· has won 99-consecutive home matches (April 6, 2003 to present)
· has won 31-consecutive Big Ten home matches
· has won 53-consecutive Big Ten dual matches dating back to 2005
· has won 96-consecutive dual matches (non-tournament) from Feb. 26, 2006 - present
· earned 10 regular-season Big Ten Conference dual match victories for first time in program history, four times (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)
· has won 40-consecutive regular-season away dual matches beginning with Feb. 26, 2006 win (4-2) at No. 21 VCU to its April 12, 2009 win (6-1) at No. 16 Illinois
· had the No. 3 ranked doubles team (32-5 overall in 2006 and 3 national indoor titles from 2004-06)
· has 10-consecutive 20-win seasons (a school record) with Tucker as the head coach
· has 15 20-win seasons all-time, more than half with Tucker as head coach
· has been to 10-consecutive NCAA team tournaments, second in the Big Ten only to Illinois' 14
· won the 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Tournaments
· won outright 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Championships
· has led Ohio State to the best four-year combined Big Ten record in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (40-0)
· has led Ohio State to the best four-year combined regular season record in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (129-8)