Warren Picks Up Third Singles Win Of The Year, But Bulldogs Fall At Purdue

Warren Picks Up Third Singles Win Of The Year, But Bulldogs Fall At Purdue

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.