Scouting Murray State & Butler
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team will open its home slate of matches this weekend, Saturday, Jan. 29, with Murray State and Butler. Here is a look at the two squads:
Scouting The Opponents:
Butler is 1-1 on the season and will play at No. 11 Ohio State before traveling to Bloomington. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 4-3 win against IUPUI on Jan. 22 in Indianapolis. Later in the day, Butler dropped a close, 4-3, decision to Dayton in its second match of the spring.
The Bulldogs return All-Horizon League first-team member senior Brandon Gill and second-teamer sophomore James Low.
Last season, Butler won the Horizon League Tournament and earned the conference's automatic berth to the 2004 NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs were upended by Kentucky in the first round of the NCAAs and closed the season with a 17-7 mark.
Jason Suscha is in his eighth season at Butler and was recognized as 2004 Horizon Coach of the Year. It was the third-straight year that Suscha was awarded the honor.
Murray State is 0-1 during the spring season after falling 7-0 at Louisville on Jan. 14. Freshman Fadi Zamjoui is the top singles player for the Racers, while sophomore Yuri Pompeu stands in the No. 2 position. Pompeu and Zamjoui are the top doubles team for Murray State.
MSU closed the 2004 season with a 5-16 record and placed sixth at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship.
Mel Purcell is in his ninth season at the helm of the Murray State.
All-time Against This Weekend's Competitors:
IU is 17-4 all time against Murray State, including a 7-0 home win last season on Feb. 8, 2004. The Hoosiers have won 10 straight matches against the Racers and have only lost once since 1986.
Against Butler, IU is 9-1 all-time. The last time the pair faced-off was 1997, with Indiana winning 6-1 in Bloomington. The first meeting between these two schools was in 1936. The Hoosiers came away with a 7-2 home win.
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