ATLANTA - Battling injuries, the Butler men's tennis team turned in a gutsy peformance to score a 4-3 win at Mercer on Wednesday. Seniors Brandon Bayliss and Lenz Theodor and junior Chris Herron each won in singles and doubles to lead the Bulldogs.
Butler got a lift in doubles play, winning two matches to edge Mercer for the point. Herron and junior Zach Ervin won at No. 1 doubles and Bayliss and Theodor teamed for a win at No. 2 doubles. The Bulldogs conceded No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles due to lack of healthy players.
"It was pretty intense, considering how short-handed we were," head coach Jason Suscha said. "It was a really fun match and everyone stepped up."
Butler battled through the adversity in a close contest. Herron and Theodor each won in singles play and Mercer won at Nos. 3 and 5 singles to make it a 3-3 match. Each team had its No. 1 on the court with the win on the line, Bayliss for Butler and Peter Tauchner for Mercer.
Bayliss and Tauchner split the first two sets and went to a tie-breaker in the third. Bayliss prevailed in the breaker, 7-4, to clinch the win for the Bulldogs.
The match in Atlanta concluded non-conference play for BU. The Bulldogs begin Horizon League action Saturday, March 19 at Detroit.