The Butler men's tennis team opened its 2011 season with a weekend split against some top competition. The Bulldogs fell at Wisconsin in the opener before winning 4-3 at home against Northern Illinois.
After dropping a 7-0 decision at Wisconsin on Saturday, the Dawgs rebounded quickly the next morning against NIU. Butler swept the doubles point for a 1-0 lead, and that ended up being the difference.
"We came out with excellent emotion in doubles and that translated into excellent doubles play, especially on courts one and three," head coach Jason Suscha said. "Without Stephen (McLoughlin) in the lineup, former walk-on David Dolins really stepped up nicely for us at three doubles and got the victory with Zach (Ervin)."
Ervin, at No. 5 singles, joined Bryce Warren (No. 2 singles) and Lenz Theodor (No. 4) with singles wins to clinch the dual match for the Bulldogs.
"We got a fantastic effort from Lenz, who never took his foot off the gas in a convincing win," Suscha said. "Bryce turned things around with a solid three-set win, and Zach overcame his sore arm with some nice variety to clinch the match."
The Bulldogs (1-1) have perhaps the toughest week of the season upcoming, playing three road matches. BU plays at #46 Indiana Tuesday, at #4 Ohio State and at Illinois State Saturday.