March 10, 2009
Setting The Scene: The men's and women's tennis team heads to Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday (March 11) when both team's square off on a neutral court against Case Western Reserve University out of Cleveland. The men will battle the Spartans starting at 10:00 a.m., while the women will square off beginning at 1:00 p.m. The women's team then continues action at home on Saturday (March 14) when it hosts Western Michigan starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Butler Bubble.
Bulldogs Top Eastern Illinois: The men's tennis team picked up a pair of wins in doubles play before scoring four victories in the singles competition to come away with a 5-2 triumph over Eastern Illinois on Friday (March 6) afternoon at the Butler Bubble. Later that evening, the women's squad worked for every single point it earned against a gritty Panthers team, as the Bulldogs needed three sets in four of the top five singles bouts to claim their five wins in a 6-1 triumph.
Bobrowski Leads The Way: Thanks to a pair of strong singles wins last week, sophomore Gabriella Bobrowski leads the Bulldogs with a 9-3 record in singles competition. The Niles, Ill., native scored a hard-fought 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 win at No. 4 singles against Eastern Illinois on March 6 before picking up the Bulldogs' lone singles win against No. 65 College of Charleston with a 6-4, 6-0 decision at the fourth position.
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.
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.
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 174-113 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 117-107 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: The men's tennis team gets next week started with a home match against Indiana State on March 18 before traveling to Illinois State for a match on March 20. The women's squad, meanwhile, will host a pair of home events over the weekend, with Evansville coming to town on March 21 and Horizon League foe Valparasio swinging through Indianapolis on March 22.