April 30, 2010
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University Tennis Center)
Score: No. 1 seed Ohio State 4, No. 9 seed Northwestern 0
Records: No. 63 Northwestern (10-14, 2-10 Big Ten), No. 4 Ohio State (29-1, 11-0 Big Ten)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- No. 1 seed Ohio State put an end to Northwestern's run at the 2010 Big Ten Tournament Friday morning at IU Tennis Center. The Wildcats were unable to upset the nation's fourth-ranked team, finishing the 2009-10 campaign with double digit wins for the second consecutive season.
Results from Fridays' dual can be found here . OSU moves on to face the winner of the match between No. 4 seed Wisconsin and No. 5 seed Minnesota.
"Ohio State is one of the top teams in the country and they showed it today," said head coach Arvid Swan. "I'm proud of our guys and the way they fought both yesterday and today."
The Buckeyes had a quick start in doubles with the tandem of Matt Allare and Shuhei Izawa winning an 8-0 decision over NU's Tobias Reitz (Reinbeck, Germany/Sachsenwaldschule Reinbeck) and Alex Sanborn (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid) at the No. 2 spot.
No. 1 was a hotly-contested affair between the 15th-ranked doubles team of Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan taking on Joshua Graves (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) and Spencer Wolf (Coral Springs, Fla./Laurel Springs). It came down to the end, but the Buckeyes came away with a 9-7 win to take the doubles point, giving OSU a 1-0 lead.
No. 3 doubles between the duo of Sidarth Balaji (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) and Andrew McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill) and the Buckeyes' Justin Kronauge and Balazs Novak was left unfinished, with OSU leading 7-6.
The Buckeyes carried their momentum into singles, winning three matches in straight sets to seal the match.
First at No. 5, Matt Allare defeated Alex Sanborn, 6-2, 6-1 to build upon the the OSU lead.
31st-ranked senior Justin Kronauge, an All-Big Ten honoree, played a tough match at No. 2 singles, taking out NU freshman Balaji in straight sets.
The clincher came at No. 4, where Balazs Novak defeated Andrew McCarthy, 6-2, 6-2 to complete the victory.
Three matches were left unfinished because the dual was clinched, with the Buckeyes up a set in all three.
#4 Ohio State 4, #63 Northwestern 0
1. #9 Chase Buchanan (OSU) vs. #97 Joshua Graves (NU) 6-3, 3-0, unfinished
2. #31 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Sidarth Balaji (NU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Dino Marcan (OSU) vs. Spencer Wolf (NU) 6-3, 1-0, unfinished
4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Andrew McCarthy (NU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Alex Sanborn (NU) 6-2, 6-1
6. #117 Devin McCarthy (OSU) vs. Chris Jackman (NU) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
1. #15 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. #84 Joshua Graves/Spencer Wolf (NU) 9-7
2. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Tobias Reitz/Alex Sanborn (NU) 8-0
3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) vs. Sidarth Balaji/Andrew McCarthy (NU) 7-6, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,2,4)
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