The University of Tulsa Official Athletic Site - Tulsa Golden Hurricane

2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

Click Here for Live Scoring & Live Video
Click Here for Photo Galleries

#2 seed Ohio State 4, #15 seed Illinois 3
Friday, May 16, 2008
1.#10 Bryan Koniecko/Steven Moneke (O) def. #11 Billy Heiser/Ryan Rowe (I) 8-6
2.#42 Ruben Gonzales/Marc Spicijaric (I) def. #14 Drew Eberly/Justin Kronauge (O) 8-5
3.Waylon Chin/Brandon Davis (I) def. Matt Allare/Balazs Novak (O) 9-8 (4)
1.#16 Bryan Koniecko (O) def. #21 Ryan Rowe (I) 7-5, 6-2
2.#33 Steven Moneke (O) def. #42 Ruben Gonzales (I) 6-4, 6-3
3.#19 Justin Kronauge (O) def. Marc Spicijaric (I) 6-4, 6-7 (0), 7-6 (3)
4.Billy Heiser (I) def. Matt Allare (O) 6-4, 6-0
5.Balazs Novak (O) def. Roy Kalmanovich (I) 6-2, 6-3
6.Waylon Chin (I) def. Drew Eberly (O) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: Doubles - 2, 1, 3; Singles - 4, 5, 1, 2, 6, 3

Ohio State improved its season record to 35-1 . . . Ohio State revenged last year's quarterfinal loss to the Illini, after winning two previous matchups . . . the Buckeyes have won 24 straight matches, as the last loss came against No. 1-ranked Virginia on Feb. 18 . . . it's the second consecutive 30+ victory season for the Buckeyes, the only two in school history . . . OSU advances to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years . . . Illinois completed the season with a 20-9 record . . . Ohio State improved to 3-0 against Illinois this year, winning 5-2 and 4-3 in the Big 10 Tournament Championship match.


Ohio State Head Coach Ty Tucker
On beating Illinois ...
"Same match as it always is, it is a battle with Illinois every time we play them. They seemed to do a good job coming out loose and ready to take it to us. Obviously it is a big time rivalry; obviously we've got them six out of the last. Doesn't fill well for them, they gave us everything they have. In the end, I don't know how to say it but we are the toughest team in the Big Ten. I'm not trying to be a jerk, I'm not trying to be arrogant, my guys again proved that they are the toughest team in the Big Ten and I am happy about that."

Playing them three times this season ...
It's the norm; we love to play them. It is a match that guys can get up and can prove how tough they are. I am not saying we are the best team in this tournament, but our guys will fight and will keep fighting and at the end of the day I can never be mad at them because they give everything they have on the court. You know we gone through a lot of injuries, we ended up in LSU this season with in the emergency room with Drew Eberly with appendicitis. He sat out four or five weeks. We ended up with a stress facture and a dislocated toe on Matt Allare, when he was 17-1. Just got back to playing, Matt Allare 55 days off of singles. Drew Eberly still hasn't rounded into shape, but at the end of the day they are the toughest team in the Big Ten."

Ohio State Player Justin Kronauge
On your match ...
"We knew coming into this match it was going to be extremely tough. We played them two or three weeks ago at the Big Ten Tournament and they won the doubles point there, so we knew we could come back and do it. It was going to be struggle but we all have faith in each other and pulled through luckily."

Illinois Head Coach Brad Dancer
A great college tennis match...
"Yeah. Phenomenally disappointing is the way I describe it. I'm sure it was a great match for the fans. I think we're better than we performed today, even in the doubles I didn't think we performed that well, and singles-wise I know we can do better. Until we're able to execute better down the stretch, we're probably going to have disappointments like that."

These two teams know each other very well is there more incentive in a match-up like this... "I think so. They've had our number recently. There's just a lot of adrenaline and emotion that goes into that match every time."

NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

  • C-USA