January 25, 2009

Bulldogs Rally To Top Phoenix In League Opener, 5-2

Green Bay, Wis. - Butler had to battle back from a defeat in doubles competition, but the end result was more of the same under head coach Jason Suscha, as the Bulldogs rallied for a 5-2 victory over host Green Bay in the Horizon League opener on Sunday (Jan. 25) afternoon.

With the win, Butler improves to 70-3 against league opponents during Suscha's 11-plus seasons with the Bulldogs while notching its first dual meet victory of the season.

A win at the No. 3 doubles position by newcomers Lenz Theodor and Zach Ervin - the duo's second in as many days - would not be enough to secure the first point of the bout, as Green Bay picked up strong wins at the first two spots to take an early lead in the match.

Butler regained its composure in the singles competition, however, as the Bulldogs reeled off wins at the top five positions to claim with win.

Ben Raynauld and Ervin each claimed swift two-set decisions, as Raynauld notched a 6-4, 6-4 win over Matt Clegg at No. 1 before Ervin collected a 6-4, 7-5 win over Matt Keesey at No. 5. Chris Herron added another win in straight sets, taking the No. 3 bout over Eric Plaushines after battling through a grueling 7-6 (4), 6-2 match.

Bryce Warren held off a challenging foe in Green Bay's Paul Swanson at No. 2. After claiming a quick 6-2 win in the opening set, Warren came up just short in a tightly contested 7-6 (4) second set before edging out his Phoenix counterpart in a 7-5 third set. Brandon Bayliss, meanwhile, rallied from a first-set defeat to top Henning Jess, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 4 position.

Butler kicks off the home portion of the spring schedule on Friday (Jan. 30) when it hosts Western Michigan beginning at 2:30 p.m.