Green Bay Headed to Face No. 7 Pepperdine in First NCAA Tournament

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Release: May 01, 2012
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The Phoenix is headed to California to take on No. 7 Pepperdine in the NCAA Tournament.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's tennis team is headed to Malibu, Calif., to face No. 7 Pepperdine in the program's first NCAA Tournament. The Phoenix learned its tournament fate by watching the NCAA.com Selection Show at a team gathering at The Bar on Lime Kiln in Green Bay.

Green Bay and Pepperdine will play at 4 p.m. CT on Friday, May 11 at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. The victor will face the winner of No. 26 Washington and No. 39 North Carolina State.

"This is what it's all about," Green Bay head coach Mark Thomas said. "This is our first NCAA experience for us. It's been a lot of work since day one, and a lot of fun. The guys have committed to this goal, we've achieved it, and we're very excited for the opportunity to go play a great Pepperdine team."

The Waves went 23-6 and won the West Coast Conference Tournament by defeating No. 25 San Diego 4-1 in Saturday's championship match. It marked the school's 42nd WCC title since 1958. Pepperdine, the winner of the 2006 NCAA Championship, is led by 10th-year head coach Adam Steinberg.

The Phoenix earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by winning the 2012 Horizon League Championship - the first conference title in school history. No. 2 Green Bay defeated fourth-seeded Cleveland State 4-1 on Sunday, ending the Vikings' run of four straight conference championships.

Fourth-year head coach Mark Thomas and Green Bay registered a school-record 19 wins in 2012, going 19-6 overall 6-1 in the Horizon League. The Phoenix had a league-best three All-Horizon League selections, as senior Paul Swanson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) and freshman Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) were named to the first team and junior Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) picked up second team honors.

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