INDIANAPOLIS - Twice this weekend the Butler men's tennis team found itself tied 3-3 with Billy Weldon left on the court. And twice the sophomore from Ohio came through to bring BU a 4-3 victory.
On Saturday, Weldon helped the Bulldogs win a marathon over Eastern Kentucky that lasted nearly six hours. BU had won the doubles point and picked up singles win from Austin Woldmoe and Pulok Bhattacharya and had Weldon locked in a battle with EKU's Florian Graskamp at No. 5 with the match on the line. Weldon out-lasted Graskamp in three sets 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 to lift the Dawgs to their first win over the season. It was the first dual match victory for first-year head coach Parker Ross.
The next day, Butler hosted Northern Kentucky and found itself in nearly an indentical situation. Bhattacharya and Brandon Woods had won in singles play and Butler had earlier controlled the double point. Weldon, playing No. 6 singles, cruised past Balint Zsidai 6-2, 6-1 for the clinching point.
Overall on the weekend, Weldon was 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles with partner Woldmoe. Bhattacharya also had a perfect weekend, winning twice at No. 2 singles and twice in doubles. Bhattacharya played with Andres Maynez on Saturday and Tommy Marx on Sunday.
The Bulldogs (2-4) will take the momentum of two consecutive wins into a home match vs. ASA College Friday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m.