Phoenix Beats UIC 5-2 in Horizon League Opener

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Release: March 06, 2011
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Fabian Gogolin won at No. 5 singles Saturday against UIC.

CHICAGO ( - The Green Bay men's tennis team split a pair of road matches over the weekend, battling to a 5-2 win over UIC on Saturday in its Horizon League opener after falling 7-0 at Wisconsin on Friday. The Phoenix is now 7-4 in dual matches on the year.

After dropping the doubles point to the Flames on Saturday, Green Bay stormed back to take five of the six singles matches for the win.

"It's great to start out the conference season on the road with a win over UIC, who has finished second in the Horizon League in each of the last 6 years," Green Bay head coach Mark Thomas said. "We served for the doubles point, but the guys didn't let that get to them. They took the momentum back getting out to a quick start in singles." 

Reigning Horizon League Player of the Week Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) had another strong performance against UIC, winning at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles. The sophomore came from behind to defeat Alexander Raa 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 after teaming up with Josh Oothoudt (Minot, N.D.) for an 8-7(5) win over Scott Shepardson and Nathan Kirk.

Junior Paul Swanson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) earned a win at No. 2 singles, beating Kirk 6-3, 7-6(3), while sophomore Craig Cox (Surrey, England) won at the No. 3 spot, defeating UIC's James Li 6-4, 6-2. Also taking singles wins for the Phoenix were Fabian Gogolin (Cologne, Germany) and Henning Jess (Kaltenkirchen, Germany), who won at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots.

The Green Bay men's tennis squad returns to action on Saturday, March 19 when it travels to Valparaiso to continue its Horizon League schedule at 2 p.m. CT.

Wisconsin 7, Green Bay 0
1. Marek Michalicka (WIS) def. Erik Finkenbrink (GB) 6-1, 6-2
2. Billy Bertha (WIS) def. Paul Swanson (GB) 6-4, 6-4
3. Ricardo Martin (WIS) def. Craig Cox (GB) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Petr Satral (WIS) def. Christoph Hopfe (GB) 7-6, 6-4
5. Rodney Carey (WIS) def. Fabian Gogolin (GB) 7-5, 6-3
6. Alex Robles (WIS) def. Henning Jess (GB) 6-4, 6-2

1. Bertha/Michalicka (WIS) def. Oothoudt/Finkenbrink (GB) 8-3
2. Cox/Gogolin (GB) def. Satral/Robles (WIS) 8-7 (7-1)
3. Carey/Martin (WIS) def. Hopfe/Jess (GB) 8-3

Green Bay 5, UIC 2

1. Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Alexander Raa (UIC) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. Paul Swanson (GB) def. Nathan Kirk (UIC) 6-3, 7-6(3)
3. Craig Cox (GB) def. James Li (UIC) 6-4, 6-2
4. Luiz Gonzaga (UIC) def. Christoph Hopfe (GB) 3-6, 6-3, 10-8
5. Fabian Gogolin (GB) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 6-2, 7-6(5)
6. Henning Jess (GB) def. Dave Robare (UIC) 6-3, 6-2

1. Raa/Robare (UIC) def. Cox/Gogolin (GB) 9-7
2. Finkenbrink/Oothoudt (GB) def. Shepardson/Kirk (UIC) 8-7(5)
3. Gonzaga/Reifer (UIC) def. Hopfe/Jess (GB) 8-6

Schedule Sponsor
Friday , January 23
Men's Tennis 
at Illinois
9:00 AM
Champaign, Ill. (Illinois)
Men's Tennis 
at Ball State
3:00 PM
Champaign, Ill. (Illinois)
Friday , January 30
Men's Tennis 
at Minnesota
11:00 AM
Minneapolis, Minn.
Sunday , February 01
Men's Tennis 
vs. UW-Whitewater
9:00 AM
Green Bay, Wis.
Men's Tennis 
vs. Cardinal Stritch
12:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Friday , February 06
Men's Tennis 
at Western Michigan
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo, Mich.
Saturday , February 07
Men's Tennis 
10:00 AM
Kalamazoo, Mich. (Western Michigan)
Sunday , February 08
Men's Tennis 
at Detroit
Detroit, Mich.
Friday , February 13
Men's Tennis 
vs. Toldeo
6:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , February 15
Men's Tennis 
vs. DePaul
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , February 22
Men's Tennis 
at Marquette
12:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.



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