April 25, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - A trio of Butler men's tennis players found themselves mentioned among the Horizon League's best on Friday (April 25), as the league office announced its all-league men's tennis teams. Freshman Brandon Bayliss took home the league's Newcomer of the Year award, while senior Eric Breitenbach and sophomore Ben Raynauld earned all-league first team mention.
Bayliss, a native of Sheboygan, Wis., finished his first collegiate regular season with a 17-14 overall record in singles play, including a team-best 13 dual meet victories. He finished the regular slate as one of the hottest players in the Horizon League, reeling off wins in 13 of his final 14 matches - including his last six in a row - while finishing the league schedule at a perfect 6-0. He added 11 victories in doubles play and was named the conference player of the week on March 4.
Breitenbach, a native of Northbrook, Ill., receives his second-straight mention on the all-league first team after being named to the squad in 2007. He wrapped up the regular season with a 13-17 overall record in singles play, including an 8-11 mark in dual meets competing mostly at the No. 1 position. The league's player of the week on Feb. 13, he also posted a 15-12 overall mark in doubles play and a 12-6 record in duals.
Raynauld, a native of Montreal, Quebec, was a three-time recipient of the league's player of the week award this season, earning the distinction on Feb. 27, March 25 and April 8. He tied for the team-lead with 17 singles wins, including 11 in dual meets and eight at the No. 2 position. He also added 14 decisions in doubles competition, notching 11 in duals and four in league play.
The Bulldogs finished the regular season with an 11-11 overall record and a 5-1 mark in league play.
Butler opens up the Horizon League Championship as the No. 3 seed on Saturday (April 26) when it battles sixth-seeded Valparaiso beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the North Central High School tennis courts in Indianapolis.