Phoenix Edges Youngstown State, Remains Unbeaten in League

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Release: April 07, 2012
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By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

BOARDMAN, Ohio (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's tennis team remained unbeaten in Horizon League play on Friday night with a 4-3 victory over Youngstown State (7-8, 2-1 Horizon League) at the Boardman Tennis Center. The Phoenix won the doubles point and split the singles contests to improve to 14-5 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

Green Bay opened the night by taking two of the three doubles contests to secure the match's first point. Phoenix juniors Craig Cox (Surrey, England) and Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) teamed up at the No. 1 spot to defeat the Youngstown duo of Tariq Ismail and Dawoud Kabli 8-5, while freshmen Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) and Michael Tebon (Excelsior, Minn.) paired up for the first time this season for an 8-3 win over Max Schmerin and Rodrigo Campos at No. 2.

Phoenix senior Paul Swanson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) - the reigning Horizon League Player of the Week - continued his strong run of play by picking up a dominating 6-2, 6-0 win over Tariq Ismail at the No. 1 singles spot. Green Bay also picked up straight-set wins at No. 3 and No. 4, as Finkenbrink knocked off Kabli 6-3, 6-4 (No. 3) and Cox cruised past Schmerin 6-3, 6-2 (No. 4).

Each of Green Bay's losses in singles play was decided in three sets.

The Phoenix returns to action on Saturday morning at Cleveland State - the defending Horizon League champions.

Doubles
No. 1 - Craig Cox/Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Tariq Ismail/Dawoud Kabli (YSU) 8-5
No. 2 - Michael Tenzer/Michael Tebon (GB) def. Max Schmerin/Rodrigo Campos (YSU) 8-3
No. 3 - Zeeshan Ismeail/Silviu Mistreanu (YSU) def. Paul Swanson/Henning Jess (GB) 8-4

Singles
No. 1 - Paul Swanson (GB) def. Tariq Ismail (YSU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 - Silviu Mistreanu (YSU) def. Michael Tenzer (GB) 2-6, 7-6, 10-6
No. 3 - Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Dawoud Kabli (YSU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 - Craig Cox (GB) def. Max Schmerin (YSU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 - Rodrigo Campos (YSU) def. Christoph Hopfe (GB) 4-6, 6-4, 12-10
No. 6 - Zeeshan Ismail (YSU) def. Henning Jess (GB) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4

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INSIDE MEN'S TENNIS
SCHEDULE
Saturday , January 21
Men's Tennis 
at Butler
11:30 AM
Indianapolis, Ind.
 
Saturday , January 28
Men's Tennis 
at Minnesota
4:00 PM
Minneapolis, Minn.
 
Sunday , January 29
Men's Tennis 
at Western Michigan
10:00 AM
Minneapolis, Minn.
 
Friday , February 03
Men's Tennis 
at Northern Illinois
TBA
Dekalb, Ill.
 
Saturday , February 04
Men's Tennis 
at Chicago State
12:00 PM
Chicago, Ill.
 
Sunday , February 05
Men's Tennis 
at Toledo
12:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis. (Marquette University)
 
Friday , February 17
Men's Tennis 
at Marquette
6:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
 
Friday , February 24
Men's Tennis 
vs. UW-Whitewater
6:30 PM
Green Bay, Wis. (Western Racquet)
 
Saturday , February 25
Men's Tennis 
vs. Cardinal Stritch
4:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis. (Western Racquet)
 
Saturday , March 25
Men's Tennis 
vs. Wright State
12:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis. (Western Racquet)
 
Sunday , March 26
Men's Tennis 
vs. Northern Kentucky
10:00 AM
Green Bay, Wis. (Western Racquet)
 
Sunday , April 02
Men's Tennis 
at Detroit Mercy
TBA
Detroit, Mich.
 
Friday , April 14
Men's Tennis 
at Valparaiso
10:00 AM
Valparaiso, Ind.
 
Saturday , April 15
Men's Tennis 
at UIC
TBA
Chicago, Ill.
 
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