Men’s tennis shows mixed results on Saturday matches


Saturday’s doubleheader at the Butler Bubble brought mixed results for the Butler University men’s tennis team. In the morning, the Bulldogs fell to the Valparaiso University Crusaders 7-0. Butler closed out the day by slamming the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers 6-1 in the nightcap.

After Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt of Valparaiso defeated freshman Mason Dragos and junior Mikheil Khmiadashvili 6-2 the Crusaders claimed the doubles point. Khmiadashvili was the only Bulldog to force his singles match to three sets, losing 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, while freshman Ari Gerstein forced a 4-6, 7-6 (3-7) tiebreak.

Head coach Parker Ross wanted the team to gain experience from the twin billing.

“We want to get all of those guys a lot of matches in a short amount of time just to get better,” he said. “Mentally, we just prepare for the grind of the matches. We did this to achieve a certain result; to get all of these freshmen matches and a lot of experience in short time.”

Butler enjoyed a brief four-hour reprieve between the matches. Freshman Adrian Mag used the precious time to recharge the battery.

“It was definitely a grind today, but Mason and I went back to [our room] and took a nice, long nap,” he said. “We had to rest and really take care of our bodies, because taking care of yourself is pretty big on a day like today.”

The Bulldogs then went on to take care of business at night, leaving Northwestern Ohio packing with a defeat in their bags. Dragos was the lone Bulldog to lose 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, but took solace in the fact that his teammates picked each other up.

“As a team, I think we all piggyback off one another and get loud,” he said. “Ari [Gerstein] really does it well, even if it’s a bad point, I think he will still get up for us and that’s tough for the opponent to play.”

The Bulldogs improved to 2-3 with the victory. They will take on their cross-town rival, the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds, at the Bubble on Feb. 11. Butler will then travel to the  University of Louisville for a matinee against the Cardinals on Feb. 12.