Iowa Defeats Butler, 4-3

Feb. 7, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Iowa men’s tennis team defeated Butler, 4-3. With the victory Iowa improves to 3-0, Butler fell to 2-7.

Iowa picked up two of the three doubles matches and split the six matches in singles play to squeak past the Bulldogs. The junior pair of Kyle Markham and Brett Taylor remained undefeated in doubles play this season by defeating Butler’s Andy Bartish and Eric Breitenbach 8-6 at the No. 1 spot. Junior Aaron Schaechterle and freshman J.P. Ritchie also remained undefeated this season in doubles matches by winning 8-6 at the No. 3 position over Evan West and Tony Aker. Both pairs of doubles are 3-0 this season in their doubles matches.

For the second night in a row Iowa clinched the meet in a pivotal singles match. Junior Brett Taylor clinched the Hawkeye victory with a wine over Tony Aker in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) at the No. 6 position. Taylor has yet to loose a match in both singles and doubles play this season. Freshman J.P. Ritchie was also victorious for Iowa. Ritchie defeated Parker Ross in straight sets (7-6 (3), 6-2). Ritchie is also undefeated this season in both his singles and doubles matches. Another Hawkeye freshman, Bart van Monsjou came up with a victory in singles play. van Monsjou beat Eric Brietenbach (7-6 (4), 6-1) at the No. 4 spot.

The Hawkeyes will return to action next weekend when they host Marquette on Saturday and Toledo on Sunday. Both meets begin at 10 a.m. at the UI Recreational Building. Admission to both events are free.


Butler 3

No. 1 James Low (BU) def. Chaitu Malempati (IOWA), 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 Andy Bartish (BU) def. Kyle Markham (IOWA), 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 J.P. Ritchie (IOWA) def. Parker Ross (BU), 7-6 (3), 6-2
No. 4 Bart van Monsjou (IOWA) def. Eric Breitenbach (BU), 7-6 (4), 6-1
No. 5 Evan West (BU) def. Jonny Hoak (IOWA), 7-6 (1), 6-1
No. 6 Brett Taylor (IOWA) def. Tony Aker (BU), 6-4, 6-3

No. 1 Markham/Taylor (IOWA) def. Bartish/Breitenbach (BU), 8-6
No. 2 Low/Ross (BU) def. Malempati/van Monsjou (IOWA), 9-7
No. 3 Ritchie/Schaechterle (IOWA) def. West/Aker (BU), 8-6