The Bailey Era Of Women's Tennis Starts This Weekend

Butler's women's tennis season gets underway this Friday when the Bulldogs host Dayton at home. Many of the faces on the court are familiar, but the Dawgs have a new head coach.

Tayo Bailey, a 2006 Butler grad, takes over the program and says there is a lot to be excited about for 2013.

"I am very excited about this season. Our ladies have worked very hard during the fall season and winter break to be prepared both physically and mentally for spring competition," Bailey said. "As we open our season against a team from our conference, I look forward to an exciting successful season." 

Leading the Bulldogs are juniors Stephanie McLoughlin and Caroline Hedrick. Both players won 13 singles matches at the top of the lineup last year en route to capturing All-Horizon League honors last season. 

Other returning starters include senior Brittany Farmer and junior Laura Shull. Farmer has been a four-year starter and owns 52 career singles wins. Shull broke into the singles starting lineup last season. The Bulldogs' roster also features four newcomers.

The Flyers, who also have a new head coach, come to BU Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. It is the first of nine home matches this season for Butler.