Bulldogs Continue Spring Season With Busy Week

March 26, 2008

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Setting The Scene: The Butler men's tennis team prepares for a busy week, as it plays four matches in the next five days. The Bulldogs begin the week at Dayton on Wednesday (March 26) before returning home to host Indiana State on Friday (March 28). The team then makes a stop at Toledo on Saturday (March 29) before returning to Dayton to take on Horizon League foe Wright State on Sunday (March 30). The women's team, meanwhile, will wait until Sunday to return to action when it battles the Raiders prior to the men's match.

If The Weather Outside Is Delightful: The Butler men's team could be hosting its first outdoor match of the spring this week when it welcomes Indiana State to town on Friday. If the weather holds up, the Bulldogs will host the Sycamores at Park Tudor High School's outdoor courts, located at 7200 N. College Ave. in Indianapolis.

We're Going Streaking!: Both the Butler women's and men's teams have been on a tear lately, with each squad winning their last five straight matches. Additionally, freshman men's player Brandon Bayliss touts the program's longest current singles winning streak, notching seven consecutive decisions.

And Trying To Keep The Other Streak Alive: The Butler men's team will try to extend its Horizon League winning streak to 47 this weekend when it faces Wright State. The Bulldogs are 2-0 this spring after defeating both Valparaiso and Green Bay at the start of the month. Butler has 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.

Raynauld Earns Second Player Of The Week Honor: After a posting perfect record in two matches last week, Butler sophomore Ben Raynauld was named the Horizon League's Men's Tennis Player of the Week on March 25. Raynauld went undefeated in two matches on Friday (March 21), going 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles against IPFW and IUPUI. He receives the honor for the second time this spring after being named player of the week on Feb. 27. It is also the fifth time this season that a Bulldog has been recognized, with senior Eric Breitenbach (Feb. 13), freshman women's player Natali Jaimes (Feb. 20) and freshman Brandon Bayliss (March 4) also earning the honor.

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 162-102 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 107-99 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: The Butler women's team heads to Valparaiso on April 4 before returning home to host Cleveland State on April 6. The men's team, meanwhile, welcomes Youngstown State to Indianapolis on April 5 before facing the Vikings on April 6.