The Butler men's tennis team kept busy all weekend, playing three dual matches. BU dropped all three matches, two of which came against nationally-ranked teams. The Bulldogs lost 5-2 to Southern Illinois and 7-0 to nationally-ranked teams Purdue and Harvard.
Taking on the Salukis at Purdue on Saturday, Butler was led by four freshmen. Sam O'Neill captured a win at No. 6 singles over SIU's Orhan Spahic. O'Neill won 6-1, 7-6 (5). At No. 5 singles, Pulok Bhattacharya out-lasted Rafael Cuadrillero 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. Two other freshmen, Austin Woldmoe and Billy Weldon, rolled to an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles.
Purdue, ranked 67th in the nation, won 7-0 over the Bulldogs. Woldmoe and Weldon were the most successful Dawgs, with each winning five games in singles play. They also were edged 8-6 at No. 1 doubles by Purdue's Szymon Tatarczyk and Aaron Dujovne.
Butler came home Sunday morning to take on No. 66 Harvard. The Crimson won 7-0, claiming every match on the day. Woldmoe won seven games in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Jonathan Pearlman at No. 1 singles.
Butler's next match is Saturday, Feb. 11 at Eastern Kentucky.