February 26, 2008

Tennis Hosts Three Matches This Week

Feb. 26, 2008

Setting The Scene: The Butler women's tennis team concludes its three-match homestand this week, hosting cross-town foe Indianapolis on Feb. 29 before heading to Dayton on March 2. The men's team, meanwhile, continues its eight-match home swing when it opens Horizon League play against Valparaiso (Feb. 29) and Green Bay (March 1).

And The Streak Goes On: The Butler men's team carries a 45-match Horizon League regular season winning streak into Friday's contest against Valparaiso. The Bulldogs have not lost in the conference regular season since falling to Northern Illinois, 6-1, at the end of the 1996 season. Under head coach Jason Suscha, the Bulldogs are 62-1 against league foes.

Marathon Match: The Bulldog men's squad welcomed Duquesne to the Butler Bubble on Feb. 22 for a 12:00 noon match. By the time the dust settled, it was after 5:30 p.m. and the Bulldogs came up on the short end of a hotly contested 4-3 bout. Four singles matches went three sets and five of the frames went to tie-breakers, including an exhausting 7-6 (14-12) second set win by Eric Breitenbach at No. 2 singles.

...And Then They Played Again: There was little time for the men's team to rest following their grueling match with Duquesne, as Bradley awaited Butler for the second part of the double-header just minutes later. The Bulldogs, however, looked as fresh as they could be, rolling past the Braves, 6-1.

That's Called A Winning Streak: A Horizon League winning streak. The Butler women's squad scored its third-straight league win last weekend, sweeping past Youngstown State, 7-0. In fact, the Bulldogs have won all but one match in their three league bouts, topping Green Bay 7-0 and Milwaukee 6-1.

Player Of The Week: After going undefeated in singles play and adding a pair of doubles victories, Butler women's tennis player Natali Jaimes was named the Horizon League's Women's Tennis Player of the Week on Feb. 20. She was one of only two winners in singles competition against Xavier on Feb. 13, scoring a decisive 6-3, 6-1 win over Aylin Seyalioglu at the No. 3 position. She then notched a pair of two-set victories at No. 2 singles against both Green Bay and Milwaukee. Jaimes also teamed up with freshman Gabriella Bobrowski for No. 1 doubles wins against both the Phoenix and the Panthers.

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 158-102 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 103-99 record, including a dominant 61-19 mark in league play, and have advanced to the tournament championship match in seven of his eight seasons.

Next Up: Things will cool off greatly for both Butler squads in the coming days, with only one match taking place next week. The women's team heads north to Muncie, Ind., for a 1:00 p.m. contest against Ball State on March 5. Both Bulldog teams will then remain idle until March 21, when the women's squad heads to Evansville for a 2:00 p.m. match, while the men's team hosts both IPFW (4:00 p.m.) and IUPUI (7:30 p.m.) at the Butler Bubble.