Kevin Gill Goes 7-0 at Ball State
Sept. 28, 2003
Butler won 12 of its 16 matches Friday to begin an impressive weekend at the Ball State Invitational. Kevin Gill went 4-0 in No. 1 singles action and then teamed up with his brother, Brandon, to post a 3-0 mark in No. 1 doubles. All of Sunday's flight championship matches were cancelled due to rain.
"This is the most success we've had in this tournament," said coach Jason Suscha. "We played extremely well. Getting out of the gates at 12-4 Friday was a great start.
"We came ready to play this weekend. Everyone posted good results, including our freshmen who went 6-3 combined in singles."
Kevin Gill dropped one set in his first three matches before meeting Ikaika Jobe of St. Louis in the semifinals. After dropping the first set, Gill recovered for a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory. Before the skies opened up Sunday, Gill was leading Western Michigan's Ravi Pathanjali. Pathanjali is ranked No. 72 in the ITA national rankings.
"Kevin had some solid wins this weekend," said Suscha. "He's a tough player and it's great for our team to have his leadership."
Brandon Gill went 1-1 in No. 1 singles action, while posting a 3-0 mark in No. 1 doubles competition. James Low posted wins over Xavier's Tom DeLarzac and Northern Illinois' Aaron Forsberg before falling to Iowa's Walter Valarezo in No. 2 singles. He teamed with Andy Bartish to go 1-1 in No. 2 doubles. All four Butler doubles teams won their first-round matches.
Bartish went 1-1 at No. 2 singles. Freshman Evan West made the semifinals of the No. 3 singles draw, highlighted by a 6-0, 6-0 win over Valparaiso's Jeff Vrabel in the quarterfinals. West dropped his semifinal match to Indiana State's Ivan D'Argence Arceo, who failed to drop a set in his five singles matches. West and junior Mike Weaver went 1-1 at No. 3 doubles.
Chris Peric went 1-1 in No. 4 singles, while pairing with Scott Newmark to go 1-1 in No. 4 doubles. Newmark did not play singles due to injury.
The men's team travels to Chattanooga, Tenn. this weekend to begin the ITA All-American tournament.