February 19, 2008

Tennis At Home For Five Matches This Week

Feb. 19, 2008

Setting The Scene: The Bulldogs will be spending plenty of time in Indianapolis this week, with a total of five home matches in the span of five days. The men's squad kicks things off with matches against Xavier, Duquesne and Bradley before the women's team takes on Toledo and league foe Youngstown State.

Butler Starts League Slate With A Fury: The Horizon League season opened up last week, and the Butler women's team hit the ground running, scoring convincing wins over both Green Bay and Milwaukee. The Bulldogs won every match against the Phoenix, sweeping through doubles competition before scoring six singles wins for the 7-0 decision. Less than 24 hours later, Butler tallied a dominant 6-1 win over the host Panthers to improve to 2-0 in league play.

Three-Peat: Freshman Natali Jaimes and senior Tiffany McLoughlin both put together flawless singles efforts last week. Jaimes notched a two-set win at No. 3 singles against Xavier before tallying a pair of league wins at No. 2 over Green Bay and Milwaukee. McLoughlin, meanwhile, earned three-straight decisions, topping the Musketeers at No. 6 before moving up to No. 5 for wins against the Phoenix and the Panthers.

Men's Squad Ready To Continue Homestand: The Butler men's team has had plenty of time to rest following a daunting seven-match season-opening road swing, with the Bulldogs remaining idle from competition since topping Illinois State at home on Feb. 9. Following their matches against Xavier, Duquesne and Bradley this week, the Bulldogs open up the Horizon League season at home against new-league member Valparaiso on Feb. 29. Butler then hosts Green Bay on March 1 before holding a double-header against IPFW and IUPUI on March 21 to close the eight-match home series.

Player Of The Week: After scoring a win at No. 1 singles and helping to top the 47th-ranked Illinois State doubles team, Butler senior Eric Breitenbach was named the Horizon League's Men's Tennis Player of the Week on Feb. 13. Breitenbach teamed up with Chris Herron at No. 1 doubles and scored an 8-6 victory over the undefeated and 47th-ranked duo of Daniel Tobar and Luka Marinkovic before scoring a three-set decision at No. 1 singles.

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 157-100 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 102-98 record, including a dominant 60-19 mark in league play, and have advanced to the tournament championship match in seven of his eight seasons.

Next Up: The busy stretch continues for the Bulldogs next week, as the men's team continues its eight-match homestand and the women end their three-match stint in Indianapolis. The men open league play against Valparaiso (Feb. 29) and Green Bay (March 1), while the women's team hosts cross-town foe Indianapolis (Feb. 29) before heading to Dayton (March 2).