Assistant coach Justin Kronauge collects more accolades as he was named ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year Monday.
May 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Chase Buchanan, a senior on the Ohio State men's tennis team, was named Midwest Region Senior of the Year the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced. Justin Kronauge was lauded with regional assistant coach of the year honors.
A 2011 ITA All-American, Buchanan is currently ranked 10th in the nation in singles. He pairs with sophomore Blaz Rola to form the No. 1 doubles tandem in the nation. In singles, the New Albany, Ohio, native is 28-6 overall, including 11-4 vs. nationally ranked opponents. Boasting a 13-match win streak, Buchanan has amassed 104 career singles wins, which ranks him 12th all-time in the Ohio State records books. He also is tied for sixth in the program's annals with 106 career doubles victories.
Totaling 16 Big Ten athlete of the week honors for his career, Buchanan won a trio of doubles titles during the 2011 fall season - the D'Novo/ITA All-American Doubles championship in October and the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Doubles championship in November. Buchanan won both titles with Rola and the duo went 9-0 in the fall. The Buckeye team captain also won the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional doubles championship with Peter Kobelt in October. Owning a team-best 38-3 record in doubles in 2011-12, Buchanan, when paired with Rola, is 30-3 overall, including a 21-3 dual record, all played at the No. 1 position. The tandem is 15-1 vs. nationally ranked opponents.
For his career, Buchanan was the 2010 and 2011 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, 2010 Midwest Region Player to Watch, a member of the 2011 NCAA All-Tournament Team and unanimous 2010, 2011 and 2012 First Team All-Big Ten selection. Academically, Buchanan has been recognized as an Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2010 and 2011) and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete (2010 and 2011).
Kronauge began his second year as the Buckeye assistant coach in 2011-12. The Dayton, Ohio, native concluded his collegiate career at Ohio State during the spring of 2010 and earned his bachelor's degree in finance that August after posting one of the most successful careers in Ohio State men's tennis history. A two-time All-American and the 2010 Midwest Region Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year, Kronauge concluded his historic Ohio State tennis career with multiple program records. (Most career singles wins (147), most career doubles wins (128) and most combined wins with 275 victories.) Furthermore, Kronauge, a three-time unanimous All-Big Ten recipient, was just the third Buckeye to have at least 100 singles and 100 doubles wins. He also became just the sixth Ohio State men's tennis player to reach 100 doubles wins.
In his first year as an assistant, Kronauge helped lead the Buckeyes to their second trip to the NCAA semifinals. The former Buckeye netter also was part of Ohio State's sixth-consecutive Big Ten regular season and tournament crowns.
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