February 9, 2009

Tennis Plays Three Matches At Home This Week

Feb. 9, 2009

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Setting The Scene: The Butler men's team will have its lone match of the week at home on Tuesday (Feb. 10) when it battles Dayton beginning at 5:00 p.m. The women's squad, meanwhile, hosts a pair of contests in Indianapolis over the weekend, facing DePaul on Friday (Feb. 13) at 4:00 p.m. and taking on Murray State on Sunday (Feb. 15) starting at 10:00 a.m.

Sweeps Ahoy: Both the women's and men's teams picked up their first dual meet sweeps last week, with the women scoring a 7-0 win over cross-town rival IUPUI on Feb. 6 and the men picking up a 7-0 victory at Bradley on Feb. 8. Becky Jenkins, Gabriella Bobrowski and Heather Hayward of the women's squad and Stephen McLoughlin of the men's team got into the spirit of perfection on their own, with each tallying a 6-0, 6-0 decision in singles play.

Home Cooking: The Butler women's team will feel right at home this season, as 14 of its 22 dual meets this spring will be played on their home court. In fact, the Bulldogs will only have to travel out of the state for six of their bouts all season.

Road Trip: The men's team won't have the same hospitality that the women do this spring season. Quite the opposite, really. The Bulldogs will play 14 of their 22 matches away from Indianapolis, including all but two of their Horizon League regular season contests. The good news for the men's team? The worst part is already over, as nearly half of the remaining meets will be played at home (seven of the final 15).

Youth Movement: Both the Butler men's and women's teams head into the spring campaign without a single senior member on their rosters. The men's squad features two juniors, five sophomores (including a first-year Butler player) and two freshmen, while the women's team boasts three juniors, two sophomores and five rookies. The one thing neither team is short on is talent, however. Among the 11 returning players are four All-Horizon League Team members from a season ago, including men's players Brandon Bayliss and Ben Raynauld and women's players Molly Casperson and Natali Jaimes.

All In The Family: A trio of current women's players have ties to other current or recent Butler student-athletes. Junior Molly Casperson played her freshman season with her older sister, Chelsey, who was a four-year letterwinner at Butler. Additionally, freshman Ashley Breitenbach is the younger sister of former men's tennis player Eric Breitenbach, who finished his four-year career with the Bulldogs last spring as a two-time First Team All-Horizon League honoree, while fellow freshman Heather Hayward is the twin sister of current freshman men's basketball player Gordon Hayward.

Head Coach Jason Suscha: Jason Suscha, in his 12th season as the head coach of the Butler men's tennis team and 10th 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 171-110 overall record at Butler, including an astounding 70-3 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 116-103 record, including a dominant 66-21 mark in league play, and have advanced to the tournament championship match in eight of his nine seasons.

Next Up: A busy week lies ahead for the Butler men's team, as it will take part in three matches in a six-day span. After opening up the week at Xavier on Feb. 17 at 1:00 p.m., the Bulldogs return to Indianapolis to host Tennessee Tech on Feb. 21 at 10:00 a.m. and Toledo on Feb. 22 at 10:00 a.m. The women's team, meanwhile, will not see action again until Feb. 27 when it battles Bowling Green.