INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men's tennis team will open the 2014 season with a road match at No. 5 Ohio State on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The match between the Bulldogs and the Buckeyes will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
"The coaches and players are very excited to get our season started," Head Coach Parker Ross explained. "The team has put in a lot of hard work during the off-season and everyone is playing their best tennis heading into this week. OSU is extremely tough and talented; I'm really looking forward to seeing how our guys compete."
The Buckeyes are nationally ranked after wrapping up their eighth-consecutive Big Ten regular season championship in 2013. They hold the upper hand against Butler in the all-time series winning all 14 events.
Parker returns a majority of his roster from the 2013 season with five talented juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. Austin Woldmoe and Pulok Bhattacharya played at the top of the lineup for Butler last season. Woldmoe went 4-15 overall in dual matches with a 4-13 record at No. 1 Singles and a 0-2 mark at the No. 2 spot.
Bhattacharya ended the dual season with a 7-15 record playing primarily at the No. 2 position. All seven of his wins were in No. 2 Singles. He went 0-5 at the No. 1 slot and 0-1 at No. 3
Tommy Marx, Sam O'Neill and Billy Weldon will give the team depth as the talented group of juniors will impact the lineup after recording 27 combined wins in dual matches a year ago. Weldon put up the best numbers on the team taking four wins at No. 4 Singles, six at No. 5 and five more at No. 6.
Last year's newcomers, Brandon Woods and Andres Maynez, will look to take the next step in their collegiate careers after promising freshman seasons. Woods went 8-12 in his rookie campaign picking up his wins between No. 5 and 6 Singles. Maynez was limited to just a 2-4 record, all at the No. 6 spot.
The lone freshman on the team is the younger brother of Austin Woldmoe as Alex Woldmoe takes the court for Butler in 2014. A Fishers, Ind. native, Woldmoe was the only athlete in Hamilton Southeastern history to be recognized as a First Team All-State selection four consecutive years.