After defeating both fourth-place Wright State and ninth-place Valparaiso in 7-0 sweeps, the Butler women’s tennis team lost its regular season finale to finish in third place in the Horizon League.
Defending league champion UIC routed the Bulldogs (14-8, 6-2 HL) Sunday, 7-0.
“UIC continues to be the class of the league with its ability to put the ball in the court,” Butler head coach Jason Suscha said.
The closest match of the day was at No. 2 doubles.
Senior Gabriela Bobrowski and sophomore Brittany Farmer played their UIC counterparts evenly before losing a tie-breaker, 8-7.
In singles play, Farmer, freshmen Caroline Hedrick and Stephanie McLoughlin all took their matches to three sets. However, none of the them were victorious.
With the win, the Flames (16-4, 8-0 HL) gained the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
On April 16, Butler hosted Valparaiso and grabbed an easy 7-0 victory.
The Bulldogs won all six singles matches and two out of three doubles matches.
In singles play, Butler got wins from four freshmen: Hedrick, McLoughlin, Gabrielle Rubenstein and Laura Shull.
Juniors Cam Thompson and Kahfii King also came out on top in singles play for the Bulldogs, who were using a different lineup against the Crusaders (0-8, 0-19).
On Thursday, Butler swept Wright State, 7-0, en route to their fifth win in Horizon League play.
The Bulldogs won all three doubles matches and won every singles match in straight sets.
“We looked a lot more comfortable playing outdoors today,” Suscha said. “Our players have a lot of fire power and it’s important that we show a little more patience outside.”
With six regular season conference wins, the Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed in next weekend’s league championship.
They will play No. 6-seeded Milwaukee April 21.