Green Bay Men's Tennis Falls in Season Opener

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Release: January 27, 2012
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Junior Craig Cox had wins in both singles and doubles Friday night.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's tennis team (0-1) began its spring season Friday night with a 5-2 loss to Western Michigan (1-0) at West Hills Athletic Club in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Western Michigan earned the doubles point to start the match, taking two of the three doubles contests. The junior duo of Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) and Craig Cox (Surrey, England) picked up Green Bay's lone doubles win, defeating WMU's Simon Blomberg and Zeyad Montasser 9-7 in the No. 2 spot.

At No. 4 singles, freshman Felix Goepper (Seelbach, Germany) earned a victory in his first collegiate singles match, downing Montasser in a pair of tiebreaks, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (9). Fellow freshman Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) started at the No. 1 singles spot in his first match, falling in two close sets to WMU's Nadin Indre, 6-3, 6-4.

Cox dropped the opening set but recovered to post the other Phoenix victory at No. 5 singles, defeating Ross VanderPloeg 6-7 (8), 6-2, 1-0 (10-3).

The Phoenix has a quick turnaround, as it faces IPFW on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in Kalamazoo.

Doubles:
No. 1 - Nadin Indre/Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Michael Tenzer/Felix Goepper (GB) 8-4
No. 2 - Erik Finkenbrink/Craig Cox (GB) def. Simon Blomberg/Zeyad Montasser (WMU) 9-7
No. 3 - Marc Shideler/Pablo Olivarez (WMU) def. Paul Swanson/Michael Tebon (GB) 9-7

Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles:
No. 1 - Indre (WMU) def. Tenzer (GB) 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 - Blomberg (WMU) def. Finkenbrink (GB) 7-6, 6-0
No. 3 - Olivarez (WMU) def. Swanson (GB) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 - Goepper (GB) def. Montasser (WMU) 7-6, 7-6
No. 5 - Cox (GB) def. VanderPloeg (WMU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 1-0 (10-3)
No. 6 - Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Henning Jess (GB) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2

Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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INSIDE MEN'S TENNIS
SCHEDULE
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Friday , February 26
Men's Tennis 
vs. UW-Whitewater
6:30 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Saturday , March 05
Men's Tennis 
at No. 74 Wisconsin
11:00 AM
Madison, Wis.
 
Friday , March 11
Men's Tennis 
at Sacramento State Invite
TBA
Sacramento, Calif.
 
Tuesday , March 15
Men's Tennis 
at No. 75 Fresno State
12:00 PM
Fresno, Calif.
 
Wednesday, March 16
Men's Tennis 
at Nevada
1:00 PM
Reno, Nev.
 
Sunday , March 27
Men's Tennis 
vs. Detroit
10:00 AM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Saturday , April 09
Men's Tennis 
vs. Valparaiso
12:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , April 10
Men's Tennis 
vs. UIC
2:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Saturday , April 16
Men's Tennis 
at Youngstown State
TBA
Youngstown, Ohio
 
Sunday , April 17
Men's Tennis 
at Cleveland State
TBA
Cleveland, Ohio
 
Saturday , April 23
Men's Tennis 
at Wright State
3:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio
 
Sunday , April 24
Men's Tennis 
at Northern Kentucky
TBA
Covington, Ky.
 
Friday , April 29
Men's Tennis 
at HL Championships
TBA
Ann Arbor, Mich.
 
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