RIVER FOREST, Ill. – The Butler men's tennis team competed in the River Forest Collegiate Invitational over the weekend to begin their fall season. The Bulldogs performed well in the invitational earning 52 points in their respective flights to earn second place overall.
Team points were determined by their respective finish in each flight. First place earned 8 points, runner-up 7 points, 3rd and 4th place 6 and 5 points, consolation winner 4 points, consolation finalist 3 points, 7th and 8th place finishers 2 and 1 points.
Northern Illinois won the River Forest Invite with 58 points and Butler was close behind in second with 52. UIC and Valparaiso tied for third with 46 points each and Belmont rounded out the top five with 40 points.
"Overall I thought everyone played pretty well," Head Coach Parker Ross said. "As a team we were very close to having a great weekend, but we missed a few opportunities to close out matches and win our flights."
Pulok Bhattacharya led Butler in singles competition with two victories in the No. 1 Flight. Bhattacharya defeated Michael Baiocchi of Valparaiso 6-4, 6-1 in his opening match and then advanced to the championship match by defeating Dor Amir of NIU 5-7, 6-3 (11-9). Bhattacharya was ultimately defeated in the finals 6-1, 6-1 by Mauricio Antun of Belmont.
The No. 2 doubles team of Austin and Alex Woldmoe had a successful opening weekend as they won the championship of the No. 2 doubles flight. The tandem beat Belmont 8-4 in their first match of the weekend and advanced to the championship with a tight 8-7 (8-6) win over UIC. The Woldmoe team won the championship match 8-5 over Valparaiso.
"Our doubles played better, but there is still a lot of room for improvement," Ross added. "I was happy with Austin and Alex Woldmoe in doubles action. They played well and competed even better."
NIU – 58
Butler – 52
UIC – 46
Valparaiso – 46
Belmont – 40
Youngstown State – 36
Morehead State – 28
St. Louis - 18