West Lafayette, Ind. - Bryce Warren battled back from an opening set defeat to score a grueling three-set win at No. 2 singles against Purdue, but the host Boilermakers would prove to be too much in the team scoring, topping the Bulldogs, 6-1, on Sunday (Feb. 1) morning.
After finding himself in a 1-0 hole to Branko Kuzmanovic following a 6-3 defeat in the first set, Warren slugged his way back to even with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-4) win in the second set. The Butler sophomore continued to hold tough in the tiebreaker, edging out his Boilermaker foe for a 12-10 triumph in the deciding set.
Fellow teammate Chris Herron put up another strong showing at No. 3 singles, claiming 7-6 (8-6) win in the opening set against Roberto Cabrini before falling in a 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 1-0 (11-9) clash.
Ben Raynauld and Brandon Bayliss also claimed first-set wins in the matches before falling at the end, as Raynauld dropped a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 bout at No. 1 while Bayliss fell, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 4 position.
The battle for the doubles point fell just out of reach of the Bulldogs, as Zach Ervin and Lenz Theodor came up just short in an 8-7 (7-3) No. 2 bout, while Bayliss and Raynauld came up just short at No. 3 (8-6).
Warren's singles win over Purdue is his team-best third of the spring and his second against a Big Ten opponent. He also scored a two-set win against #31 Wisconsin.
Butler returns to action on Sunday (Feb. 8) when it takes on host Bradley in a 1:00 p.m. match.