Butler Downs Vikings, 6-1

Butler Downs Vikings, 6-1

April 21, 2007

Contact: Josh Rattray

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Playing in front of its largest home crowd of the year, Cleveland State dropped a 6-1 decision to Butler Saturday morning at the Malaga Tennis Center. Despite the loss, CSU sets itself up for a showdown with UIC for second place in the Horizon League standings.

 

The Bulldogs, winners of the last eight league championships, clinched the regular season league title with the win, but CSU can still get second place and a first-round tournament bye with a win over the Flames on Sunday.

 

"Our goal was to get into the top three in the league this year," head coach Brian Etzkin. "While it's nitce to have done that, we want to close the season with wins and set ourselves up nicely for the conference tournament."

 

Freshman Phil Orno was the highlight of the day for CSU, defeating James Low 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 singles and teaming with freshman Ryan Hamning for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles.

 

"Phil really stepped up for us," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "Low might be the best player in the league and for Phil to beat him puts him among the league's elite."

 

The match was closer than the final score suggests, as the Bulldogs controlled a trio of three-set singles matches to set themselves up for the win. Junior Brad Groleski and senior Dan Singer each rallied to split sets before eventually falling. Sophomore Rob West went up a set against Sandy Berry before losing two straight stanzas.

 

CSU's season finale versus UIC is set for 10:00 a.m. at the Malaga Tennis Center.

 

DOUBLES RESULTS

Hamning/Orno def. Breitenbach/Berry (BU) - 8-6

Low/Raynauld (BU) def. West/Wipprecht - 8-6

West/Newmark (BU) def. Groleski/Singer - 8-6

 

SINGLES RESULTS

Phil Orno def. James Low (BU) - 6-3, 7-5

Eric Breitenbach (BU) def. Brad Groleski - 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Evan West (BU) def. Ryan Hamning - 6-2, 6-4

Ben Raynauld (BU) def. Dan Singer - 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Sandy Berry (BU) def. Rob West - 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4

Chris Peric (BU) def. Steven Wipprecht - 6-3, 6-2

 

EXHIBITION

Chris Peric (BU) def. Danny Popescu - 8-1