INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Brandon Bayliss remained unbeaten in Horizon League singles play to lead the Butler men's tennis team to a weekend split against Youngstown State and Cleveland State. The Bulldogs defeated YSU, 6-1, on Saturday before dropping a close 4-3 match to the Vikings on Sunday.
Bayliss, BU's No. 1 singles player, is now 4-0 in league play after picking up a pair of wins over the weekend. He won against Youngstown State in three sets and then beat CSU standout Yannick Goossens 6-3, 6-2. Bayliss, who owns seven dual match wins this season, leads the team with 13 singles victories for 2010-11.
The Bulldogs cruised past Youngstown State, sweeping doubles play and getting five of six in singles. In addition to Bayliss, junior Zach Ervin and senior Lenz Theodor each won in three sets while junior Chris Herron won in straight sets at No. 2 singles. The Bulldogs picked up their sixth point by default, as YSU didn't have anyone to play at No. 6 singles.
Sunday afternoon brought the unbeaten Cleveland State Vikings to campus, a key match in the Horizon League standings. Butler struck first by winning the doubles point and also had the upper hand at the top of the lineup. Bayliss took down Goossens and Herron won at No. 2 singles, but the Vikings won the other four spots in the lineup to pick up the win. Cleveland State is now 6-0 in Horizon League play.
Butler, now 2-2 in league play, has a busy week ahead. Wright State and Ball State come to campus during the week and Valparaiso and UIC visit during the weekend.