Phoenix Falls to No. 5 Lynn University

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: March 14, 2012
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The Phoenix is back in action on Thursday against Abraham Baldwin.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)

BOCA RATON, Fla. ( - The Green Bay men's tennis team suffered a 5-4 loss to Lynn University at the Perper Tennis Complex on Wednesday in the second of three spring break matches in Florida. The Phoenix fell to 9-4 on the year with the defeat, while the No. 5 (Division II) Fighting Knights improved to 11-1.

The Phoenix split the six singles bouts with the Knights, but the hosts nabbed two of the three doubles matches to earn the 5-4 result.

Green Bay's nationally-ranked doubles team of Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) and Felix Goepper (Seelbach, Germany) dropped their first contest as a ranked duo, falling 8-4 at the No. 1 spot to Lynn's Willi Wolfer and Vlad Cirla. The Phoenix freshman earned the school's first national ranking on Tuesday when it was announced that they were 61st among Division I pairs partners.

The Phoenix picked up its first point of the match at the No. 2 doubles spot when juniors Craig Cox (Surrey, England) and Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) posted an 8-4 win over Amaury Van Haelen and Max Kouyate. Lynn took the advantage, however, with a powerful 8-1 victory at No. 3.

Tenzer and Goepper both rebounded in singles action to earn straight set wins at No. 3 and No. 4. Tenzer downed Kouyate 6-2, 6-1 and Goepper knocked off Van Haelen 6-4, 6-1. Christoph Hopfe (Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) was the only other Phoenix player that was able to win a singles contest, picking up a come-from-behind (3-6, 7-5, 10-6) victory over George Laffey at No. 6.

The Phoenix was Lynn's second Division I victim of the day, as the Knights also defeated Monmouth 5-0 earlier on Wednesday.

Green Bay concludes its spring break trip on Thursday with a 2 p.m. meeting with Abraham Baldwin in Orlando.

No. 1 - Willi Wolfer/Vlad Cirla (LUM) def. #61 Michael Tenzer/Felix Goepper (GB) 8-4
No. 2 - Craig Cox/Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Amaury Van Haelen/Max Kouyate (LUM) 8-4
No. 3 - Alessio Iannozzi/Luca Pavanelli (LUM) def. Michael Tebon/Paul Swanson (GB) 8-1

No. 1 - #12 Vlad Cirla (LUM) def. Erik Finkenbrink (GB) 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 - #5 Willi Wolfer (LUM) def. Paul Swanson (GB) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 - Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Max Kouyate (LUM) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 - Felix Goepper (GB) def. Amaury Van Haelen (LUM) 6-4, 6-1
No. 5 - Alessio Iannozzi (LUM) def. Craig Cox (GB) 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 - Christoph Hopfe (GB) def. George Laffey (LUM) 3-6, 7-5, 10-6


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