Feb. 22, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - Friday began at noon for the Butler men's tennis team, with the Bulldogs hosting Duquesne and Bradley in double-header action. The battle did not conclude until nearly 11 hours later, as the Bulldogs split a pair of dual matches, falling, 4-3, in a grueling 5 ½ hour match to the Dukes before ousting the Braves, 6-1, to close the night.
The afternoon's first bout against Duquesne featured four three-set singles matches, including five sets that required tie breakers.
Butler came close to clinching the opening point of the match, as Eric Breitenbach and Chris Herron teamed up for a closely-contested 9-7 victory at No. 1 doubles before Ben Raynauld and Bryce Warren fell just short of the deciding point at No. 2, dropping a 9-8 (7-4) match.
The first four singles matches each went the full three sets. Raynauld scored the Bulldogs first point of the night at No. 1, rallying from a 6-4 defeat in the opening set to take the match, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Warren added another hard-fought decision at No. 4, scoring a 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 win.
Breitenbach put together one of the toughest battles of the young spring season at No. 2 singles. After falling in the first set, 6-2, Breitenbach rallied for an exhausting 7-6 (14-12) decision in the second set before falling just short in the third by a 7-6 (7-4) count.
Herron added another spirited effort at No. 3 but came up on the short end, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
A swift 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 by Brandon Bayliss brought the scoring even, but the Bulldogs would be unable to get the deciding point at No. 6.
Despite the draining opening effort, Butler showed little sign of a let down in the evening session, as the Bulldogs disposed of visiting Bradley, 6-1.
Butler swept through the doubles competition, with Breitenbach and Herron notching an 8-5 win at No. 1, Raynauld and Warren cruising to an 8-1 victory at No. 2 and Sam Brown and Bayliss adding an 8-4 decision at No. 3.
The success continued in singles play, as with three Bulldogs scoring straight-set victories on the night. Raynauld tallied his second win of the day with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 1, Herron added a swift 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 3 and Bayliss dropped only one game in claiming a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5.
The Bulldogs return to action on Feb. 29 when they host league foe Valparaiso beginning at 3:00 p.m.