Swanson Collects Second Straight Player of the Week Award

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Release: April 10, 2012
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Paul Swanson picked up his second-straight Horizon League Player of the Week award on Tuesday.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - For the second week in a row, Green Bay senior Paul Swanson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) has been selected as the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week - this time sharing the award with Detroit's Cesar Escobar Serrano for the period of April 2-8.

Swanson went 2-0 at No. 1 singles over the weekend as Green Bay picked up road wins over Youngstown State  and Cleveland State to improve to 15-5 overall and 4-0 in Horizon League play.

On Friday, Swanson dominated Youngstown State's Tariq Ismail 6-2, 6-0 at the top spot to help the Phoenix to a 4-3 win over the Penguins. The following morning, Swanson picked up a tough, three-set (6-4, 4-6, 6-3) win over Cleveland State senior Yannick Goossens - a 2011 First-Team All-Horizon League performer - as the Phoenix earned a 5-2 win over the four-time defending conference champion Vikings.

In doubles action on Saturday, Swanson also teamed up with fellow senior Henning Jess (Kaltenkirchen, Germany) for an 8-5 win at No. 3 to secure the doubles point for the Phoenix.

Swanson's award marks the third of his Phoenix career, as he was also chosen as Horizon League Player of the Week as a sophomore in 2010 prior to receiving the honors last week. He is also the third different Green Bay player to earn the honors this season, as freshman Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) was named player of the week on February 22 and junior Craig Cox (Surrey, England) won the award on January 31.

Green Bay - which is tied with Wright State (15-4, 4-0) atop the conference standings - has just three regular season matches remaining before the Horizon League Championships in Indianapolis on April 27-29. The Phoenix first travels to Wright State (Saturday at 2 p.m.) and Butler (Sunday at 10 a.m.) this weekend before wrapping up its five-match road stretch against Detroit in Valparaiso, Ind., on April 21.

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