Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler women's tennis team's bid for its fourth-straight appearance in the Horizon League Championship match came up just short on Saturday (April 25) afternoon, as No. 3 seeded Detroit held on for a 4-3 decision over the No. 2 Bulldogs in the semifinals at North Central High School.
Butler will move on to face Youngstown State in a battle for third place beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday (April 26).
The Titans struck first in doubles play, scoring an 8-3 decision at the No. 2 position before clinching the opening point with an 8-4 win at No. 3.
Four of the six singles matches would go three sets, with the Bulldogs picking up wins in two of them.
Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the match after picking up a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at the No. 6 singles spot, but Gabriella Bobrowski put the Bulldogs on the board with a 6-3, 7-5 victory at the top spot.
The two teams would end up deadlocked at 3-3 after Molly Casperson and Becky Jenkins scored three-set decisions at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively, to counter a three-set defeat at the No. 5 position.
The deciding No. 2 singles bout went down to the wire, as Butler's Natali Jaimes scored a 6-4 triumph in the opening set before falling just short in the potential match-clinching second set by a 7-6 (7-3) count. Zeljka Minic would tally the decisive points in the third set, winning 6-3 to give Detroit the grueling bout.