Women’s tennis extends win streak to four

With wins against conference foes Green Bay and Milwaukee, the Butler women’s tennis team is in the midst of its second four-game winning streak of the season.

After defeating the Phoenix (2-11, 1-6 HL) and the Panthers (10-8, 3-4 HL), the Bulldogs (10-6, 3-0 HL) are preparing for a five-game homestand against five league opponents.

On Sunday, Butler traveled to Milwaukee and took five of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches to capture a 6-1 victory.

The win kept the Bulldogs perfect in conference play.

“We’re doing a nice job of finishing sets,” head coach Jason Suscha said. “Early on [in the season], teams would come back against us, but now we’re doing a nice job of closing out.”

Strong singles performances were turned in by senior Gabriela Bobrowski and freshman Caroline Hedrick.

At No. 4 singles, Bobrowski didn’t lose a game to Milwaukee junior Megan Gow, beating her, 6-0, 6-0.

Hedrick, playing at No. 2 singles, nearly shut out her opponent, sophomore Kelly Fritz, winning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.

The Bulldogs were victorious in all singles matches except for No. 1 singles, where Milwaukee sophomore Maddy Soule topped Butler senior Natali Jaimes, 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles play, the Bulldogs had the upper hand at both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

Freshmen Stephanie McLoughlin and Gabrielle Rubenstein won at No. 1 doubles, defeating Fritz and Sammi Schoen, 8-6.

At No. 2 doubles, Bobrowski and sophomore Brittany Farmer grabbed Butler’s other doubles win, coming out on top versus sophomore Brittany Skemp and freshman Kristin Kurer, 8-4.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs took care of Green Bay, 7-0.

Butler won all but one of the singles matches in straight sets.

McLoughlin and Hedrick were the top performers at singles, losing only one game each to their respective opponents.

The Bulldogs also swept the doubles competition by getting two 8-5 wins and an 8-3 victory.

This Saturday, Butler will open a five-game homestand against Youngstown State.

“We feel good, healthy and confident,” Suscha said. “With a homestand, we put a little more emphasis on being successful and we need to work harder during these times.”

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