Women's Tennis Gears Up For Fall Campaign

Sept. 24, 2008

Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler women's tennis team opens up the 2008-09 season this weekend when it takes part in the Ball State Invitational on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 26-27) at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center and Northside Middle School.

Along with Butler and the host Cardinals, the invitational will feature teams from Bradley, Dayton, IPFW, IUPUI, Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois. The tournament consists of four singles and doubles flights.

Head coach Jason Suscha kicks off his 10th season at the helm of the Butler women's tennis team after leading the Bulldogs to their second-straight appearance in the Horizon League Championship match last spring. In Suscha's nine seasons, Butler has compiled a 113-101 record, including a dominant 66-21 mark against Horizon League opponents.

The 2008-09 Bulldogs return a pair of All-Horizon League First Team representatives in junior Molly Casperson and sophomore Natali Jaimes despite not having a senior member on the roster.

Casperson finished second season with the Bulldogs last spring with a 19-12 singles record and a 19-8 mark in doubles play. The team's top singles player, she compiled a 12-6 record at the No. 1 position, including a convincing 7-1 slate against Horizon League foes.

Jaimes, meanwhile, went 16-13 in singles and 13-12 in doubles during her first collegiate season. She posted a 10-7 record while playing at the No. 2 position, including a 6-2 showing in league play.

The Bulldogs also return junior Becky Jenkins, who posted a team-best 19-10 slate in singles play and a 12-9 mark while playing at the No. 4 spot. Sophomore Gabriella Bobrowski will try to continue her success from her rookie campaign, during which she posted a 16-12 singles record and a 10-6 mark at No. 3. Junior Valerie Vinluan added five singles victories with the team last season, including a win at the No. 5 spot.

Suscha added to the Butler roster's depth in the off-season, bring aboard five freshman players for the 2008-09 campaign. Ashley Breitenbach (Northbrook, Ill.), Heather Hayward (Brownsburg, Ind.), Kahfii King (Chicago), Kate Panawash (Pewaukee, Wis.) and Cam Thompson (Bloomington, Ind.) bring the Bulldogs' roster to 10 members.

Suscha will also have a familiar face in a new role beginning this fall, as former player Tiffany McLoughlin joins the coaching ranks as the women's team's assistant. In her two years playing with the Bulldogs, McLoughlin compiled a 30-22 record in singles play and a 24-30 mark in doubles competition.

Following the Ball State Invitational, the Bulldogs will have nearly a month-long break from competition before taking part in the ITA Regional in East Lansing, Mich.