WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - With a roster featuring six new freshmen, the Butler men's tennis team opened its 2011-12 season at Purdue this weekend. Freshman Tommy Marx led the Bulldogs by advancing to the semifinal of the singles B flight.
Marx, a freshman from Shaker Heights, Ohio, went 3-1 on for the weekend. He won his first three matches before falling to Toledo's Grant Adams. Three other Bulldogs - Billy Weldon, Pulok Bhattacharya and Stephen McLoughlin - each won one singles match.
"Tommy did have a good weekend and I'm excited about the way he plays," head coach Jason Suscha said. "He's a very athletic, all-court player and very competitive."
Suscha also noted that senior Zach Ervin, playing in the A flight, had match point against Purdue's top player. "All in all, I was happy with the weekend. We are where I thought we might be, with lots of talent but still learning the game. I do think we have an excellent "Team" attitude. Everyone was into the matches and supporting each other, which should bode well for the future."
Weldon, playing with fellow freshman Austin Woldmoe, led Butler in doubles play with a 2-1 record. The freshmen duo rolled past Paul Swanson and Michael Tebon from Green Bay (8-3) and Ben Brocker and Grant Adams of Toledo (8-1) to advance to the semifinals of the B doubles flight. Weldon and Woldmoe were edged by Mike Ward and Michael Nott of Arkansas, 8-6. The duo from Arkansas ended up winning the B flight.
The Bulldogs have two more tournaments planned for the fall season before closing with the ITA Regionals at Tennessee. BU's next tourney is in two weeks at Ball State.