Gomez Islinger, Scott Named to Horizon League First-Team
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – After helping the Green Bay men’s tennis team secure the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s Conference Championships, Phoenix seniors Leo Gomez Islinger (Weiden, Germany) and Howard Scott (Exeter, England) were selected to the Horizon League First Team, the league announced at its awards banquet on Thursday night.
“They both had really good fall seasons and they carried that momentum on to the spring," said head coach Daniel Bickett. "Both guys have just been selfless in terms of their commitment to the team and the hard work they bring in practice."
"They’ve been great leaders and great examples for our freshman to carry on everything beyond [this year]. I think it’s very fitting that they were recognized by the league as First-Team All-League players.”
As Green Bay top returning players entering 2016, both have become interchangeable mainstays atop the Phoenix lineup this season, amassing a 46-19 combined record, including 15-7 in conference play. The honor marks the third-consecutive year Gomez Islinger has been named to the First Team, while Scott collects his second First Team honor, and first since the 2013-14 campaign.
It signifies the fifth-consecutive season the Green Bay men have had at least two First-Team honorees.
“It’s nice to get an accolade, but the trophy is the thing we are all here for," said Scott. "I’m happy to get the award, and I think it’s great that Leo got it too. We’ve both worked hard this season, we’re both playing well and bounced off what Michael Tenzer did, who’s an absolute living legend for the Green Bay Phoenix, but it’s all about the team."
"There are a lot of good players on the team, a lot of us have been winning, some haven’t been doing as well, but we always try to pick them up. You never know what one of your teammates can do on a given day. Hopefully we can put together two good days this weekend.”
Scott has posted a 25-8 overall mark, including an 11-5 singles record and an impressive 14-3 record at No. 2 doubles alongside fellow senior Joey Leto. Meanwhile, Gomez Islinger has been equally as consistent at 21-11, including a 12-5 singles record and a 9-6 record at No. 1 doubles alongside Florian Kraenzler.
Over the course of their careers, the duo has 238 individual victories (Scott 123 wins, Gomez Islinger 115 wins), including six Horizon League Player of the Week awards, three apiece. Additionally, last fall the tandem became the first pair of Phoenix singles players ever to advance into the qualifying draw at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Scott also joined the aforementioned Tenzer on the highest nationally ranked doubles team in Green Bay program history in 2014-15 (No. 40 by ITA).
Since they arrived on campus, Green Bay teams have seen nothing but success as well, accruing a 65-29 (.691) overall record, a 23-1 record in regular season conference matches and NCAA Tournament appearances in each of the last two seasons.
“Both guys show tremendous professionalism," said Bickett. "Leo is one of the hardest workers we have on our team, I mean he comes out everyday, rain or shine, and works ridiculous hard. Howard is just a really good teammate and is super fiery on the court."
"Their mentalities help build up some of our other guys and especially the young guys' mindset to think, 'OK if I get pumped on the court, not only does that help me play well, but it helps my teammates play well.''
Winners of fours-straight matches and six of its last seven, the Phoenix (12-6, 5-1 HL) are looking to defend its back-to-back Horizon League titles beginning on Saturday, when it will face either No. 3 seed NKU or No. 6 seed UIC in the semifinal round. Green Bay’s match will begin at approximately 2 p.m. CT at the Varsity Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Michigan, with live streaming provided by ESPN3.
2016 Horizon League Men’s Tennis Awards
Jeffrey Schorsch, Valparaiso
Leo Gomez Islinger, Green Bay
Mate Virag, Northern Kentucky
Howard Scott, Green Bay
Chad Kissell, Valparaiso
Carl Hedstrom, UIC
Jody Maginley, Northern Kentucky
Charlie Emhardt, Valparaiso
Hugo Morth, Youngstown State
Joe VanMeter, Cleveland State
Mirko Radosevic, Cleveland State
Lukas Clemens, Northern Kentucky
Player of the Year: Jeffrey Schorsch, Valparaiso
Freshman of the Year: Chad Kissell, Valparaiso
Herb Foster Sportsmanship Award: Garrett Gardner, Valparaiso
Coach of the Year: Jim Daugherty, Valparaiso
2016 Horizon League Women’s Tennis Awards
Dominika Lackova, Youngstown State
Jackie Altansarnai, UIC
Isabella Spindler, Cleveland State
Karoline Haller, Wright State
Annina Brendel, Youngstown State
Labina Petrovska, Milwaukee
Tamara Blum, Oakland
Klara Skopic, Northern Kentucky
Linsey Verstrepen, Wright State
Ann-Sophie Hahn, UIC
Irina Slizovskaya, Detroit
Hayley Marshall, Milwaukee
Player of the Year: Dominika Lackova, Youngstown State
Freshman of the Year: Isabella Spindler, Cleveland State
Herb Foster Sportsmanship Award: Annina Brendel, Youngstown State
Coach of the Year: Brian Etzkin, Cleveland State
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