January 22, 2008

Busy Week Ahead For Butler Tennis

Jan. 22, 2008

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Setting The Scene: A busy week lies ahead for both the Butler men's and women's tennis teams, as the two squads will take part in six matches over a five-day span. The men's squad takes on four Big Ten foes in Ohio State (Jan. 23), Northwestern (Jan. 25), Wisconsin (Jan. 26) and Purdue (Jan. 27), while the women's team battles Miami of Ohio (Jan. 26) and Indiana (Jan. 27).

On The Road Again: Both Butler tennis teams will be spending quite a bit of time on the road in the early part of the spring campaign. The men's team is in the midst of a seven-match season-opening road swing, while the women's team will play at home only twice during the first eight contests.

Home Sweet Home: Things will get easier for the Bulldogs following their season-opening travels. The men's squad will play eight-straight matches in Indianapolis following the road trip, while the women's team has three in a row at the end of February.

Last Week's Action: The Butler women's squad opened up its spring season last weekend, as the Bulldogs fell to DePaul, 6-1, on the road and to Bowling Green, 5-2, at home. Freshman Natali Jaimes scored the team's lone singles win against the Blue Demons, while sophomores Molly Casperson and Becky Jenkins notched singles victories against the Falcons. Jaimes and freshman Gabriella Bobrowski also added a win over BGSU in doubles competition.

Young And Talented: The women's tennis squad has gotten a huge boost from its freshmen and sophomores this season. Second-year players Molly Casperson and Becky Jenkins both pace the team with seven singles victories, while rookies Gabriella Bobrowski and Natali Jaimes each tout six singles wins.

A Tradition Of Dominance: Not only has the Butler men's team won nine of the 12 Horizon League Championships ever held, but they have also been superior in the conference regular season. In fact, the Bulldogs have not lost a single Horizon League regular season match in over 11 years, dating back to a 6-1 defeat to Northern Illinois at the end of the 1996 season. Since then, Butler has won 45-straight regular season matches.

Head Coach Jason Suscha: Jason Suscha, in his 11th season as the head coach of the Butler men's tennis team and ninth year at the helm of the women's squad, continues to reign supreme in the world of Horizon League tennis. The five-time Horizon League Men's Tennis Coach of the Year boasts a 156-95 overall record at Butler, including an astounding 62-1 mark against conference foes. Suscha has also consistently positioned the Butler women's squad near the top of the Horizon League. Under his guidance, the Bulldogs have combined for a 100-94 record, including a dominant 58-19 mark in league play, and have advanced to the tournament championship match in seven of his eight seasons.

Next Up: Following their eventful slate this week, the Bulldogs will have a much slower schedule next week, as a Feb. 2 men's match at Kentucky will be the only competition for either squad.