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Ohio State Men's Tennis (2018 B1G Champs, 13 Straight B1G Titles)

Discussion in 'Other OSU and Professional Sports' started by scooter1369, May 13, 2006.

  1. scooter1369

    scooter1369 Chief Toad Fart

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    Three Buckeyes Qualify for NCAA Singles, Doubles Tournaments

    Team opens play Saturday in men's tennis championships

    May 12, 2006

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-Ohio State will be represented in both the 2006 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles and Doubles tournaments in Stanford, Calif., later this month after the team portion of the championships has concluded.

    Freshman Bryan Koniecko (Long Island, N.Y./Syosset) is an at-large selection for the field of 64 singles players while seniors Ross Wilson (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis De Sales) and Scott Green (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) are the No. 1 seed in the doubles tournament. Wilson and Green, the No. 1 ranked doubles team in college tennis, will be one of 32 doubles teams competing for the national title.

    The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 24-29 at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 20-23).

    The seeds are based upon competition between Sept. 7, 2005 and April 30, 2006.

    Koniecko (23-12) was named the 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and will play at the No. 1 singles spot when the Buckeyes open NCAA team tournament competition at 10 a.m. Saturday in Columbus.

    Wilson is the Ohio State career leader in doubles victories with 115. Green is No. 2 all-time with 114 victories.

    Ohio State (25-1) opens with Butler (14-9) at the Stickney Tennis Center (outdoors) or if inclement weather at the Jesse Owens West Recreation Center (indoors). Arkansas (17-10) and Michigan (13-11) play at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winners will meet at noon Sunday for the right to advance to the NCAA Round of 16 May 20-23 at Stanford, host of the team, singles and doubles NCAA championships this year.

    Green and Wilson, who have won three Intercollegiate Tennis Association national indoor titles as a tandem, are vying to become the first doubles team in the history of college tennis to win four national titles in a career. The pair is 29-3 this season.
     
  2. korchiki

    korchiki Junior

    i jsut thought i'd throw out that a kid from my old high school Justin Kronague(sp?) has comitted to tOSU for tennis...this kid is a tennis phenom and i think is currently ranked number 1 on the tour...he has a lo of potential and will do great things for tOSU tennis...
     
  3. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie

    Here's some info from a tennis site (last November) on Kronauge:

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    Justin Kronauge Decides:: The Tennis Recruiting Network~~~

    And the winner is......(drum roll) Ohio State. The much-sought-after righthander from the Dayton area decided to stay close to home which bodes well for the Buckeye program.


    The official site already shows him on the team roster:

    2005-06 Men's Tennis Roster

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    Ty Tucker (Ohio State, '98), seventh year
    Assistant Coach
    Chris Garner, first year
    Volunteer Assistant Coach
    David Schilling, seventh year
    <TABLE class=tablecontent cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width=600 border=0><TBODY><TR bgColor=#eeeeee><TD>Name</TD><TD>Ht.</TD><TD>Wt.</TD><TD>Cl./Elg.</TD><TD>Hometown/Last School</TD></TR><TR><TD>Drew Eberly</TD><TD>6-0</TD><TD>155</TD><TD>So./So.</TD><TD>Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest</TD></TR><TR><TD>Scott Green **</TD><TD>6-3</TD><TD>160</TD><TD>Sr./Sr.</TD><TD>North Canton, Ohio/Hoover</TD></TR><TR><TD>Chris Klingemann *</TD><TD>5-11</TD><TD>170</TD><TD>Jr./Jr.</TD><TD>Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent</TD></TR><TR><TD>Bryan Koniecko</TD><TD>5-9</TD><TD>145</TD><TD>Fr./Fr.</TD><TD>Long Island, N.Y./Syosset</TD></TR><TR><TD>Justin Kronauge</TD><TD>6-0</TD><TD>150</TD><TD>Fr./Fr.</TD><TD>Dayton, Ohio/Centerville</TD></TR><TR><TD>Dennis Mertens **</TD><TD>6-0</TD><TD>180</TD><TD>Sr./Sr.</TD><TD>Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk</TD></TR><TR><TD>Steven Moneke</TD><TD>6-0</TD><TD>180</TD><TD>Fr./Fr.</TD><TD>Alten-Buseck, Germany</TD></TR><TR><TD>Devin Mullings *</TD><TD>5-7</TD><TD>150</TD><TD>Jr./Jr.</TD><TD>Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. Lauderdale Prepatory</TD></TR><TR><TD>Mike O'Connell</TD><TD>6-1</TD><TD>180</TD><TD>Fr./Fr.</TD><TD>Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis</TD></TR><TR><TD>Dominic Ozanne</TD><TD>6-1</TD><TD>160</TD><TD>Jr./So.</TD><TD>Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius</TD></TR><TR><TD>Ty Schaub</TD><TD>5-11</TD><TD>150</TD><TD>So./So. #</TD><TD>Lexington, Ohio/Lexington</TD></TR><TR><TD>Ross Wilson **</TD><TD>5-11</TD><TD>160</TD><TD>Sr./Sr.</TD><TD>Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales</TD></TR><TR><TD>Todd Wojtkowski</TD><TD>5-11</TD><TD>170</TD><TD>Sr./Sr. #</TD><TD>Youngstown, Ohio/Ursuline</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
     
  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Nice article on Coach Tucker:

    COLLEGE TENNIS
    OSU coming up aces under Tucker’s watch
    Friday, May 12, 2006
    Bill Rabinowitz
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    <!--PHOTOS--><TABLE class=phototableright align=right border=0><!-- begin large ad code --><TBODY><TR><TD><TABLE align=center><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle>[​IMG]</IMG> </TD></TR><TR><TD class=credit width=200>MIKE MUNDEN DISPATCH </TD></TR><TR><TD class=cutline width=200>Ty Tucker, instructing Drew Eberly, puts his players through rigorous workouts that resulted in a Big Ten title this year. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>


    Practice is almost two hours old when Steven Moneke takes his place on the opposite side of the net.
    Then the gauntlet starts. Forehands and backhands blur. Players on the other side of the court take turns playing points, but Moneke doesn’t get a second to rest. The instant one point ends, Ohio State men’s tennis coach Ty Tucker fires a ball to start the next one. First side to seven wins.
    The whole thing doesn’t last more than a couple of minutes before an exhausted Moneke prevails 7-5. But that brief amount of time reveals much about what has enabled OSU to become an elite program.
    Forget the image of tennis as a country-club sport. Tucker puts his players through a crucible in every practice.
    "It’s tough, but you need it," Moneke said, still getting his breath. "You need it for the matches."
    Tucker’s players don’t complain. This is why they came. To work hard. To get better. To win.
    This year, the Buckeyes have had unprecedented success. Their 25-1 record is the best in team history. Ohio State knocked off perennial power Illinois to win the Big Ten title, and Tucker was voted conference coach of the year.
    On Saturday, the sixth-ranked Buckeyes will play host for the first time to first- and secondround NCAA tournament matches.
    Ohio State’s first-round opponent is Butler, with Michigan and Arkansas meeting in the other matchup.
    When Tucker took over the program in 1999, Ohio State was coming off two consecutive winless Big Ten seasons. By 2001, the Buckeyes were 25-4.
    Tucker has done it largely through force of personality.
    "He’s very fiery, very intense," said senior Scott Green, who teams with Ross Wilson to form the top-ranked doubles team in the country. "It kind of drives practice and keeps us going. We’re one of the more intense, competitive teams you’ll see in the tournament, and I think that’ll help us."
    Whether in recruiting or on the practice court, Tucker is like a steamroller.
    "He’s not your typical country club teaching pro who’s out there just hitting balls," Green said. "He really puts all his energy and all his life into it."
    Green said that during his recruiting, it seemed every time he would call Tucker he got the coach’s voice mail saying he was on the court.
    Student-athletes are permitted only 20 hours of coaching per week. Tucker maximizes that time.
    "There are lots of programs that’ll play 13-14 hours a week and make sure everybody’s happy," Tucker said. "We want them to be happy, for sure, but Ohio State gives us a lot of resources and I’m sure they want to win.
    "I don’t know an easier way than to put it out on the line every day. I’m going to stay true to myself and do what I think is best for Ohio State. Right now, I think 20 hours a week is."
    Usually, practices consist of rapid-fire drills. But sometimes the rackets are cast aside. Wilson recalled a practice before the NCAA tournament at North Carolina in 2004 when Tucker made the players run sprints for two hours to prepare them for the hot weather they would face.
    "(We) weren’t happy, but we all kind of came together and ended up winning a close match against them (after) a bunch of their guys cramped," Wilson said. "The training he put us through really helped."
    It would be wrong to categorize Tucker as a stern dictator. He praises and jokes with his players as well as chastises them. As forceful as he can be during recruiting, he solicits opinions from his players before extending a scholarship offer.
    "Before I even think about offering a scholarship, I go to the captains to see how the recruiting trip went, to see if it’s the right personality," Tucker said. "I don’t ever give a scholarship unless the guys had a good time with him and think it’s the right guy for the team. The chemistry is way too important."
    Because Ohio isn’t the hotbed for talent in tennis the way it is in football, Tucker must attract players from elsewhere.
    Number one singles player Bryan Koniecko, for example, is from Long Island. Ohio State might not seem a logical destination for a New Yorker, but Tucker won him over.
    "He would call me and tell me how hard they worked," Koniecko said. "There’s maybe not any other coach in the country who works as hard as Ty."
    Koniecko, the unanimous Big Ten Freshman of the Year, aspires to play professionally. Tucker once did. He spent three years on the tour in the early 1990s after twice gaining All-American honors for the Buckeyes.
    Even as a player, Tucker envisioned himself becoming a coach, but not just anywhere. "I knew Ohio State was the only place I wanted to coach," he said. "You’re looking at the luckiest guy alive."
    http://www.dispatch.com/osusports/osusports.php?story=dispatch/2006/05/12/20060512-F1-02.html
     
  5. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

    5/15/06

     
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    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

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  7. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

    5/21/06

     
  8. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

    5/22/06

     
  9. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie

    thelantern

     
  10. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    Well, at least the loss wasn't to Florida. And we do pick up heavy points towards the Athletic Director's Cup. Am I wrong, Dude?

    Congrats to the team on a great season.
     
  11. bkochmc

    bkochmc Senior

    No. 3 Men's Tennis Downs No. 17 Michigan, 6-1

    Official Site

    Way to take it to scUM!

     
  12. MrsB

    MrsB A scarlet and grey blooded lady

    great job by the MEN's Tennis team.
    NOW WHERE IS THE THREAD ABOUT THE WOMEN'S TEAM? Come to think of it where are the threads about any women's sports other than BB. Why don't you people support all the lady Buckeye teams. Is it because they are "women" and aren't as good as the men? You better not make me come down to Columbus and apply pain to your derierre's. :biggrin:
     
  13. bkochmc

    bkochmc Senior

    Check out the track thread in this forum... I have updates for both the men AND women. :wink:

    I think there is a softball thread in the baseball forum also.
     
  14. MrsB

    MrsB A scarlet and grey blooded lady

    Hmmmm the men's not only get mentioned in the track thread but in the "men's track thread' and the women only get into the "mixed " one.
    I think the Ladies deserve one of their own too. I will take this to the supreme court if I have too. :wink2:
     
  15. bkochmc

    bkochmc Senior

    It's not a "Men's" track thread... it's "Ohio State Track & Field". I can break them apart next year if you like... :wink: I put them together because there usually isn't a whole lot of discussion in that thread and usually ends up being updates only.
     
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