PEORIA, Ill. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's tennis team turned in a strong performance over the weekend at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic, hosted by Bradley University at the David Markin Tennis Courts. Two Phoenix men won their respective individual flights, as Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) and Paul Swanson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) both posted unbeaten records in the three-day invitational.
Green Bay finished with a 16-8 overall singles record, including a 14-2 mark in the top four flights.
Finkenbrink went 4-0 on the weekend to win the No. 1 singles flight. The junior began by defeating Saint Louis' Bobby Kidera (6-2, 6-1) and Bradley's Gabriel Townes (2-6, 6-2, 10-6) on Friday before taking down IUPUI's Ivan Mojsejev (6-0, 6-0) on Saturday and SDSU's Justin Pyle (6-1, 6-1) on Sunday.
Swanson also posted an unblemished 4-0 mark to take home the No. 3 singles title. On Friday the senior defeated Parker Lawley of SDSU (6-2, 6-1), then knocked off Bradley's Juan Diego Cudrado (6-3, 6-1) on Saturday. Swanson finished with two more wins on Sunday, beating IUPUI's Nick Volz (6-1, 6-1) and Saint Louis' Yehia El-Sallaly (Default - Injury).
Phoenix freshman Michael Tenzer also had a good showing in flight No. 2, leaving with a 3-1 record. Tenzer finished strong with a pair of wins on Sunday, defeating SDSU's Dominic Rossetto (6-2, 6-0) and Saint Louis' Joe Flanagan (7-6 (4), 6-2).
Craig Cox (Surrey, England) won all three of his matches in flight No. 4. The junior picked up wins over SDSU's Jamie Dash (7-6 (4), 6-2), Saint Louis' Vuk Poledica (6-4, 1-0) and IUPUI's Joel Modesitt (6-3, 6-4).
Swanson and Cox teamed up to form Green Bay's top doubles team, earning a 3-1 record in flight No. 2. The tandem edged IUPUI's pair of Modesiit/Volz 9-8 (3) on Friday, then beat Saint Louis' Flanagan/El-Sallaly 8-4 on Saturday and SDSU's Thorp/Lawley 8-3 on Sunday. The pair finally fell to Bradley's Kalhorn/Al Bitar 8-3 in their final match.
To view full singles and doubles results from the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic, click here.
Green Bay returns to action next weekend when it travels to the Ball State Invitational, which begins Friday and concludes on Sunday.