February 10, 2009

Men's Tennis Sweeps Past Flyers, 7-0

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler rolled to three wins in doubles competition before tallying six straight-set victories in singles play to pick up its second-straight 7-0 decision with a sweep of visiting Dayton on Tuesday (Feb. 10) evening.

The win improves the Bulldogs to 3-5 on the spring and gives them their third decision in five matches.

The No. 1 doubles tandem of Stephen McLoughlin and Bryce Warren got things going with an 8-5 win before Chris Herron and Ben Raynauld at No. 2 and David Dollins and Ben Shafer at No. 3 each scored 8-6 triumphs.

The dominance continued in the singles competition, as all six Butler players notched straight-set wins.

Raynauld scored a convincing 6-4, 6-1 decision at the No. 1 position, while McLoughlin (6-2, 6-2) and Lenz Theodor (6-3, 6-2) added swift victories at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

Zach Ervin held on for a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 4, while Brandon Bayliss fought off a tough competitor at No. 3 for a 7-5, 7-5 triumph. After battling through a hard fought 7-6 (7-0) win in the opening set of the No. 2 bout, Warren cruised to a dominant 6-1 second-set decision to close out the match.

Butler returns to action next Tuesday (Feb. 17) when it heads to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a 1:00 p.m. contest with Xavier.