Craig Cox Named Horizon League Player of the Week

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Release: January 31, 2012
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Craig Cox posted a 4-0 record in Green Bay's first weekend of play.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After posting an unbeaten (4-0) record to open the spring schedule over the weekend, Green Bay men's tennis junior Craig Cox (Surrey, England) earned Horizon League Player of the Week honors on Tuesday for the first time in his Phoenix career.

In the season-opening loss (5-2) at Western Michigan on Friday, Cox rallied for a come-from-behind win at No. 5 singles against WMU's Ross VanderPloeg. The Second Team All-League pick from a year ago dropped the opening set, but recovered for a 6-7 (8), 6-2, 1-0 (10-3) victory. The junior also teamed up with classmate Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) for Green Bay's lone doubles win at the No. 2 spot.

In Green Bay's 7-0 sweep of IPFW Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich., Cox routed Daniel Kang 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 5 singles match after again pairing up with Finkenbrink for a tough, 8-7 (5) victory over the Mastadons' duo of Connor Andrews and Roberto Cabrini at No. 1 doubles.

"I was especially proud of Craig's come-from-behind win against Western Michigan as well as his No. 1 doubles win against IPFW, where the last few points of the tie-break were won on his racquet," Phoenix head coach Mark Thomas said. "He has worked hard to develop the mental side of his game and it really showed this weekend."

Green Bay (1-1) opens a three-day, three-match home stand on Friday when it hosts Michigan Tech at 6 p.m. at Western Racquet and Fitness. The Phoenix then welcomes Bradley (Saturday at 2 p.m.) and Carleton (Sunday at 10 a.m.) to close out the weekend.

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