Women's Tennis Battles Ball State On Wednesday

March 4, 2008

Setting The Scene: The Butler women's tennis team heads to Muncie, Ind., on Wednesday (March 5) for the squad's only match of the week when the Bulldogs take on Ball State beginning at 1:00 p.m. The men's team remains idle until March 21, when it hosts both IPFW and IUPUI.

What Have You Done For Me Lately?: The Butler women's team has been turned things around in the last few weeks. After opening the season with six-straight defeats, the Bulldogs have claimed wins in five of the last six bouts, including three in a row. Butler is also 3-0 against Horizon League foes during the span.

And The Streak Goes On: The Butler men's team extened its Horizon League winning streatk to 47 last weekend, ousting new league member Valparaiso on Feb. 29 before holding off Green Bay on March 1. 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 64-1 against league foes.

Player Of The Week: After posting a perfect mark in singles play and adding a pair of wins at doubles, Ben Raynauld was named the Horizon League's Men's Tennis Player of the Week on Feb. 27. Raynauld turned in a dominant week for the Bulldogs in three matches, going 3-0 in singles and 2-1 at doubles. He became the third Bulldog in as many weeks to receive the league's weekly award. Senior men's player Eric Breitenbach (Feb. 13) and freshman women's player Natali Jaimes (Feb. 20) have also been honored.

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 160-102 overall record at Butler, including an astounding 64-1 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 105-99 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: Neither Butler team will be in action again until March 21, with the women's team playing at Evansville starting at 2:00 p.m. and the men's squad hosting IPFW and IUPUI beginning at 4:00 p.m.