Butler Opens Fall Campaign With Impressive Showing

Pulok Bhattacharya

The Butler men's tennis team began its fall campaign over the weekend with an impressive showing at the River Forest Invitational in River Forest, Ill. Three returning Bulldogs combined to win three flights, including No. 2 and No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Sophomores Pulok Bhattacharya and Billy Weldon went unbeaten in the two-day tournament, with Bhattacharya taking the No. 2 singles title and Weldon capturing the No. 5 singles championship.

Weldon did not drop a single set en route to beating competitors from UIC, Youngstown State and IPFW.

Bhattacharya lost just one set while knocking off foes from Northern Illinois, Youngstown State and UIC. The New Delhi, India, native outlasted Zeeshan Ismail of YSU in a third-set tie-breaker, 10-5, in the second round of the No. 2 singles flight.

Bhattacharya also teamed up with fellow sophomore Tommy Marx to win the No. 3 doubles flight. The duo bested doubles teams from Youngstown St., IPFW and UIC.

In his first collegiate tournament, freshman Andres Maynez went 2-1 in the No. 4 singles flight, finishing fifth.

The Bulldogs will be back in action this weekend when they visit West Lafayette, Ind., to compete in the Purdue Invitational.

Singles – Flight #2
Round 1

Pulok Bhattacharya (BU) def. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) 6-0, 6-4

Round 2
Pulok Bhattacharya (BU) def. Zeeshan Ismail (YSU) 6-2, 5-7, 10-5

Round 3
Pulok Bhattacharya (BU) def. Isaac Lloveras (UIC) 6-4, 6-4

Singles – Flight #5
Round 1
- Main Draw Quarterfinals
Billy Welden (BU) def. Gautham Oraskar (UIC) 6-2, 6-4

Round 2 - Main Draw Semifinals
Billy Welden (BU) def. Victor Theorin (YSU) 6-2, 6-1

Round 3 - Main Draw Finals
Billy Welden (BU) def. Connor Andrews (IPFW) 7-6, 6-4

Doubles – Flight #3
Round 1
- Main Draw Quarterfinals
Pulok Bhattacharya/Tommy Marx (BU) def. Max Schmerin/Felipe Rosa (YSU) 8-6

Round 2 - Main Draw Semifinals
Pulok Bhattacharya/Tommy Marx (BU) def. Gerard Guell/Andres Cobos (IPFW) 8-4

Round 3 - Main Draw Finals
Pulok Bhattacharya/Tommy Marx (BU) def. Isaac Lloveras/Chris Cole (UIC) 8-5

Singles – Flight #4
Round 1
- Main Draw Quarterfinals
Rodrigo Campos (YSU) def. Andres Maynez (BU) 7-5, 7-5

Round 2 - Main Draw Semifinals
Andres Maynez (BU) def. Chris Cole (UIC) 5-7, 6-3, (10-4)

Round 3 - Main Draw Finals (5th/6th Place)
Andres Maynez (BU) def. Joao Freitas (IPFW) 6-4, 6-2