April 9, 2008
Setting The Scene: A slow stretch awaits the Butler tennis squads this week as the regular season winds down for both teams. The women will be in action when they head to Detroit on Friday (April 11) for an 8:00 p.m. match at the Franklin Racquet Club. The men's team will remain idle until April 18.
Life At The Top: The Butler men's and women's teams both find themselves atop the Horizon League standings heading into this weekend's action. The men's squad boasts a 5-0 record in league play, while the women's team is 6-0.
Double-Trouble: The doubles competition might only factor in for one of the seven points in a dual meet, but, for Butler, it has been the difference between winning and losing the match. Both the men's and women's teams are undefeated at 9-0 in dual meets this season when they secure the doubles point. Meanwhile, the men are 1-9 and the women are 1-7 when falling in doubles.
Quite A Stretch: Both Butler tennis teams have been on a tear lately. The women's squad has won its last eight matches in a row and 10 of their last 11, while the men's team has won three straight and 10 of their past 11 bouts.
Keeping The Streak Alive: The Butler men's team extended its Horizon League winning streak to 49 matches last weekend after sweeping Youngstown State, 7-0, and working a 4-3 win over Cleveland State. The Bulldogs are 5-0 this spring after defeating Valparaiso, Green Bay and Wright State earlier in the season. 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 67-1 against league foes.
Butler Duo Sweeps Weekly Honors: After going undefeated in singles and doubles last weekend, Butler sophomores Molly Casperson and Ben Raynauld were named the Horizon League's Tennis Players of the Week on April 8. Casperson was victorious in two matches at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles in guiding Butler to two league wins last weekend, while Raynauld went 2-0 at both No. 2 singles and doubles in helping the Bulldogs to a pair of league wins. Casperson earns the award for the second straight week after nabbing her first of the season on April 1. Raynauld, meanwhile, receives the award for the third time this season (Feb. 27 and March 25).
The Regulars: This week's accolades mark the eighth and ninth time this season that a Bulldog tennis player has been honored with the league's weekly award and the second-straight week in which both athletes were from Butler. Eric Breitenbach (Feb. 13), Natalie Jaimes (Feb. 20), Brandon Bayliss (March 4) and Chris Herron (April 1) 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 167-103 overall record at Butler, including an astounding 67-1 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 110-99 record, including a dominant 64-19 mark in league play, and have advanced to the tournament championship match in seven of his eight seasons.
Next Up: The Bulldogs close out the regular season next week, as the women's team hosts IUPUI on April 16 before battling UIC on April 19 in Chicago, while the men's squad ends the year against the Flames on April 18.