The Youngstown State men's tennis team picked up its first win over Butler since joining the Horizon League knocking off the Bulldogs 5-2 on a chilly Sunday afternoon at the YSU Tennis Courts.
The Penguins came out strong winning the doubles point by taking two of three matches. Butler won two of the first three singles matches, before YSU clinched the victory with strong three-set wins at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
At No. 2, Silviu Mistreanu picked up a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Tommy Marx. At. No. 1, Tariq Ismail suffered a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Austin Woldmoe while Dawould Kabli dropped his match to Zach Ervin after winning the opening set. Kabli won the first set 6-3, but dropped the next two 7-5, 6-4.
Mistreanu finished Horizon League play with a 6-1 record. He carrys a five-game winning streak to the HL Championships 14-5 overall.
At No. 4, Rodrigo Campos battled back after losing a first-set tiebreaker to beat Pulok Bhattacharya 6-3, 6-3 in the final two sets.
Zeeshan Ismail picked up the clinching point for the Penguins at No. 5. Ismail dropped his first set 6-3, to Billy Weldon before battling back to win the next two 6-4, 6-4. At No. 6, a firery Felipe Rosa won 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 over Stephen McLoughlin.
With the win, the Penguins improve to 9-10 overall and 4-3 in the Horizon League. Butler falls to 3-19 and 2-4.
YSU returns to action on Friday in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament.
Youngstown State vs. Butler
No. 1 - Austin Woldmoe (BU) def. T. Ismail (YSU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 - Mistreanu (YSU) def. Tommy Marx (BU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 - Zach Ervin (BU) def. Kabli (YSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
No. 4 - Campos (YSU) def. Pulok Bhattacharya (BU) 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 - Z. Ismail (YSU) def. Billy Weldon (BU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 - Rosa (YSU) def. Stephen McLoughlin (BU) 6-2, 6-7, 6-4
No. 1 - Woldmoe/Weldon (BU) def. T. Ismail/Kabli (YSU) 8-4
No. 2 - Campos/Theorin (YSU) def. Marx/Erwin (BU) 8-4
No. 3 - Mistreanu/Z. Ismail (YSU) def. McLoughlin/O'Neill (BU) 8-4