February 13, 2008

Women's Tennis Hits The Road This Week

Feb. 13, 2008

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Setting The Scene: The Butler women's tennis team will be busy this week, with three matches in a four-day span. The Bulldogs open the road swing at Xavier on Wednesday (Feb. 13) before heading north to Wisconsin to kick off the Horizon League slate with matches at Green Bay (Feb. 15) and Milwaukee (Feb. 16). The men's team, meanwhile, will be idle until Feb. 20.

Butler Men Score Win In Home Opener: The Bulldogs swept through doubles play for the first point of the match before securing victories at No. 1, 2 and 4 singles, as Butler notched its first dual meet win of the season in the home opener against Illinois State, 4-3, on Feb. 9. After scoring the doubles point with three victories, senior Eric Breitenbach (No. 1), sophomore Ben Raynauld (No. 2) and freshman Bryce Warren (No. 4) tallied singles wins.

Quite An Effort: Butler's No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Eric Breitenbach and freshman Chris Herron had some tough competition against Illinois State, as they faced the 47th-ranked doubles pair in Daniel Tobar and Luka Marinkovic. The Bulldog duo hardly flinched, however, taking an 8-6 victory to help pave the way for the Butler win.

Jenkins, McLoughlin Win, But Bulldogs Fall To ISU: Sophomore Becky Jenkins and senior Tiffany McLoughlin tallied victories in singles competition, but the Butler women's tennis team came up just short of visiting Illinois State in the final team scoring, 5-2, on Feb. 8. Jenkins worked a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Carolyne Parent at No. 4 singles, while McLoughlin scored a 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 win against Katie O'Riley at No. 6.

Bulldogs Geared-Up For League Slate: With the Horizon League season beginning this weekend, the Butler women's team has reason to be optimistic. In the past four seasons, the Bulldogs are 29-10 when facing league opponents, including 4-0 marks against both Green Bay and Milwaukee. Butler is also 58-19 against conference opponents in eight seasons under head coach Jason Suscha.

Make Yourself At Home: The Butler men's team can put away its luggage for quite some time, as the Bulldogs will be spending the next eight matches in Indianapolis. After topping Illinois State in the home opener on Feb. 9, Butler will welcome Xavier, Duquesne and Bradley to Indy before kicking off the Horizon League slate at home against Valparaiso and Green Bay. The homestand wraps up on March 21 with a double-header against IPFW and IUPUI.

Head Coach Jason Suscha: Jason Suscha, in his 11th season as the head coach of the Butler men's tennis team and ninth 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 157-100 overall record at Butler, including an astounding 62-1 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 100-97 record, including a dominant 58-19 mark in league play, and have advanced to the tournament championship match in seven of his eight seasons.

Next Up: Butler plays five home matches next week, with the men hosting Xavier (Feb. 20), Duquesne and Bradley (Feb. 22) and the women battling Toledo (Feb. 23) and Youngstown State (Feb. 24).