April 3, 2008
Setting The Scene: A crucial stretch awaits Butler this weekend, as the Bulldogs play in four Horizon League contests in a three-day span. The women's team gets things started on the road with a 4:00 p.m. match at Valparaiso on Friday (April 4), while the men's squad welcomes Youngstown State to town on Saturday (April 5) at 2:00 p.m. Both teams then host Cleveland State on Sunday (April 6), with the men dualing with the Vikings at 10:00 a.m. and the women doing battle at 2:00 p.m.
Life At The Top: The Butler men's and women's teams both find themselves atop the Horizon League standings heading into this weekend's action. The men's squad boasts a 3-0 record in league play, while the women's team is tied with Milwaukee at 2-0 on the year.
Quite A Stretch: Both Butler tennis teams have been on a tear lately. The women's squad has won its last six matches in a row and eight of their last nine, while the men's team had its season-long seven-match winning streak snapped last week at Toledo. The men rebounded a day later, however, topping Wright State.
Trying To Keep The Streak Alive: The Butler men's team extended its Horizon League winning streak to 47 matches last weekend after working a 5-2 victory at Wright State on March 30. The Bulldogs are 3-0 this spring after defeating both Valparaiso and Green Bay earlier in the season. Butler has not lost in the conference regular season since falling to Northern Illinois, 6-1, at the end of the 1996 season. Under head coach Jason Suscha, the Bulldogs are 64-1 against league foes.
Player Of The Week Sweep: After scoring key victories in helping the Butler women's and men's tennis teams continue their winning ways this spring, sophomore Molly Casperson and freshman Chris Herron were each named the Horizon League's Tennis Players of the Week on April 1. Casperson helped the Bulldogs to a 6-1 victory over host Wright State, scoring a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 1 singles and an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. Herron, meanwhile, finished with three singles wins and four doubles victories in leading the men's squad to three match victories last week.
The Regulars: The Bulldogs have had quite a run of success when it comes to the league's player of the week awards. Molly Casperson and Chris Herron are the fifth and sixth Butler players to be recognized this spring. Sophomore Ben Raynauld (Feb. 27 and March 25), senior Eric Breitenbach (Feb. 13), Natalie Jaimes (Feb. 20) and Brandon Bayliss (March 4) have also been honored.
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 165-103 overall record at Butler, including an astounding 65-1 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 108-99 record, including a dominant 62-19 mark in league play, and have advanced to the tournament championship match in seven of his eight seasons.
Next Up: The women's team will be the only Butler squad in action next week as it hosts league-foe Detroit on April 11 at 1:00 p.m.