Tennis starts new streak

After DePaul ended the Butler women’s tennis team’s five-match winning streak, the Bulldogs started a new one by outlasting Ball State.

Butler (6-4) saved itself from losing two road matches by defeating the Cardinals, 7-0.

The Bulldogs’ sweep of the Cardinals (6-7) came in straight sets in all but one match.

“I believe that our ability to come back after a loss and sweep a team definitely shows how strong we are,” senior Gabriela Bobrowski said. “Down the road, when we’re playing for a league championship or a postseason bid, it’s going to take this kind of effort.”

Butler head coach Jason Suscha took only six team members to Ball State, causing each to play a singles match and a doubles match.

Each of the six athletes left the contest with a victory in singles and doubles action.

Senior Natali Jaimes captured a win at No. 1 singles and later came back to win at No. 3 doubles alongside freshman Caroline Hedrick.

Hedrick made quick work of freshman Kristel Sanders, topping her, 6-4, 6-0, in No. 2 singles.

Freshmen Stephanie McLoughlin and Gabrielle Rubenstein teamed up to grab an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles against junior Dena Boulieris and senior Georgina Thomson.

The other Butler doubles win came in an 8-5 Bobrowski-Farmer victory.

The day before, the Bulldogs stumbled early as the Blue Demons (8-6) stayed undefeated at home in a 6-1 win.

“DePaul’s a very tough team,” Suscha said. “They did a good job of showing us where we are right now.”

In singles play, DePaul gathered straight-set wins in all but one match.

Rubenstein was able to capture the Bulldogs’ lone win, defeating Salkovic, 1-6, 7-5, 1-0.

“It was a little disappointing to lose after winning five straight,” Bobrowski said. “But DePaul is a good team and it’s good for us to face teams of their caliber.”

Back on the winning path, the Bulldogs host the Broncos of Western Michigan on Saturday at 11 a.m.

They will then host the University of Houston the following afternoon.