Oct. 7, 2007
Milwaukee, Wis. - Sophomore Ben Raynauld led a strong Butler showing at the Marquette Invitational this past weekend, scoring three-straight wins in the Flight A singles bracket to reach the championship match. The doubles team of senior Eric Breitenbach and freshman Chris Herron also found success in the Flight A doubles bracket, winning a pair of matches to advance to the title bout.
Raynauld scored a quick 6-2, 6-3 victory over Trent Hagan of Marquette before toppling Mark Goldin of Green Bay by a 7-6, 6-4 count. A hard-fought 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 decision over fellow teammate Breitenbach in the semifinal round gave Raynauld the nod to the championship match, where he fell short in three sets (3-6, 6-4, 14-12) to the Golden Eagles' Dusan Medan.
Breitenbach, meanwhile added a pair of singles wins in the Flight A bracket before falling to Raynauld, scoring a 6-1, 7-5 win over Javier Saab of IUPUI before earning a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 decision over Green Bay's Tim Prudlow.
Breitenbach and Herron also teamed up for a pair of wins in the Flight A doubles bracket, topping Hagan and Medan of Marquette by an 8-3 score before ousting yet another Marquette pair in Peter Van Lieshout and Nick Boulieris by an 8-2 margin to reach the title round. Facing their third-straight Golden Eagle tandem, the Bulldogs dropped a closely-contested bout to Brett Binkley and Mark Rutherford by a 9-8 score.
The Bulldogs return to action next weekend when they take part in the Purdue Invitational beginning on Friday (Oct. 12).