Broncos Fall To Ohio State in NCAA Men's Tennis Tourney

Updated 5/16/2010

Story courtesy of Western Michigan Sports Information

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Western Michigan battled to the final point, but couldn't get past No. 4 Ohio State, 4-0, in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship at the Stickney Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes (33-1) advance to play Michigan (14-10) in Sunday's second round, while the Broncos (21-11) finish the season with their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and eighth in school history.

The Broncos started well in the doubles as each team won its opening game at all three spots. The Buckeyes took over quickly at No. 3 doubles on Brad Noel and Pablo Olivarez, playing together for only the second time this season and first time since Jan. 17. Noel was moved into the doubles lineup after Second Team All-MAC junior Casey Cullen was unavailable after being taken to the hospital for an emergency medical procedure. The duo of Justin Kronauge and Balazs Novak improved to 19-0 with the 8-1 win.

Western Michigan competed at the top two positions before brothers Michael and Thomas Calderone fell to the No. 9 team in the country of Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan 8-4. At No. 2 doubles, Kazuya Komada and Zeyad Montasser were down by only one break, 7-5, to Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa when doubles play was abandoned.

Ohio State continued to push once singles began and took all six first sets, but not without a fight. Noel was even, 4-4, with No. 120 Devin McCarthy at six singles before falling, while Michael Calderone was on serve, 3-3, with No. 8 Chase Buchanan at the top position.

The Buckeyes increased their lead at No. 5 singles as Allare defeated Montasser 6-1, 6-3. The teams continued to battle, but Western Michigan still couldn't put a dent in the scoreboard as freshman Simon Blomberg dropped his NCAA Tournament debut 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles to finish the year 28-9 in singles. His 28 singles wins led all Broncos.

The match concluded with Noel not able to hold his momentum at six, as McCarthy won 6-4, 6-0 to stop the match.

At the top two singles positions, Western Michigan was in a position to extend the match into a third set. Calderone led 6-5 in the second set against one of the nation's top-10 singles players, while Komada was even, 4-4, with No. 23 Kronauge. At No. 3 singles, Olivarez was engaged in multiple lengthy points, but was trailing 6-2, 4-1.

#4 Ohio State 4, Western Michigan 0
May 15, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio (Stickney Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. #8 Chase Buchanan (OSU) led Michael Calderone (WMU) 6-3, 5-6, unfinished

2. #23 Justin Kronauge (OSU) led Kazuya Komada (WMU) 6-1, 4-4, unfinished

3. Dino Marcan (OSU) led Pablo Olivarez (WMU) 6-2, 4-1, unfinished

4. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Simon Blomberg (WMU) 6-2, 6-0

5. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Zeyad Montasser (WMU) 6-1, 6-3

6. #120 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Brad Noel (WMU) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles competition

1. #9 Chase Buchanan/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Michael Calderone/Thomas Calderone (WMU) 8-4

2. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) led Kazuya Komada/Zeyad Montasser (WMU) 7-5, unfinished

3. Justin Kronauge/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Pablo Olivarez/Brad Noel (WMU) 8-1

Match Notes

Western Michigan 21-11

Ohio State 33-1; National ranking #4

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,4,6)

2010 Division I Men's Tennis Championship - First and Second Rounds

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