Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ohio State men's tennis makes history

March 13, 2010
Despite the fact that they have yet to win a national championship, there is no doubt the Ohio State Buckeyes have been at the top of their game the last few years.  They have maintained a top five ranking in the nation with Big Ten award-winning players like Justin Kronauge and Chase Buchanan, and recent graduates Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke.  Last night, Ohio State reached another milestone, one which is rarely achieved -- 100 straight victories at home.

The Buckeyes, ranked No. 4 in the nation, have not lost a match since April 5, 2003, when they fell to the Fighting Illini during their undefeated season. That was 2,532 days, 100 dual matches (54 of which where over Big Ten opponents) ago. 

The record was sealed with a 7-0 win over Purdue, clinched by sophomore Devin McCarthy, but it took a lot more than one win.  "We have been fortunate to have great players. I wish I could take more credit, but great players and excellent assistant coaches have been the recipe," said Head Coach Ty Tucker.

Ohio State
will go for number 101 when they host Detroit on March 18th.  In the meantime, Coach Tucker is appreciating the accomplishment, "I never thought I would win 100 matches let alone 100 in a row at home."  Will a national championship be next?  We'll have to wait until May to find out that one, but considering the Buckeyes made it to the finals last year, it's certainly a possibility.
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