INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler women's tennis team opened its season with a pair of home losses over the weekend. The Bulldogs dropped a 7-0 match to Miami (Ohio) on Saturday before falling to Bowling Green on Sunday.
The Bulldogs lost to a very tough Miami team in the season opener. Natali Jaimes and Caroline Hedrick were the highlight of doubles play, winning 8-2 at No. 2. The RedHawks won the other two matches to win the point.
Miami won five of six in singles play, each coming in straight sets. Gabriella Bobrowski led Butler with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 at No. 4 singles over Riekie Honiball.
"Against a strong Miami team, I thought we showed we have real firepower at all spots this year," head coach Jason Suscha said. "That is a team that has almost everyone back from a conference championship team, and we were in position to steal a few wins."
Butler's 7-0 loss to Bowling Green was much closer than the dual match score. The contest took about five hours, with two matches going three sets and won involving a second-set tiebreaker.
Freshmen Gabrielle Rubenstein and Stephanie McLoughlin won 9-8 (5) at No. 1 doubles for BU's only win of the day. However, Jaimes, Bobrowski and Brittany Farmer were each competitive in singles play. Jaimes and Bobrowski each were on the cusp of winning before falling in three sets.
"We lacked confidence to end points and games against Bowling Green," Suscha said. "Bowling Green's ability to throw one more ball in play was the difference. We will work to improve that aspect of our game. When we do, I like our chances against anyone we play."
The Bulldogs (0-2) host Dayton Saturday, Feb. 5. They will then play at Indiana the next day.