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. ( - 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.

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

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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Saturday , February 28
Men's Tennis 
at No. 38 Louisville
11:00 AM
Louisville, Ky.
Sunday , March 01
Men's Tennis 
at Butler
10:00 AM
Indianapolis, Ind.
Saturday , March 07
Men's Tennis 
at Wisconsin
11:00 AM
Madison, Wis.
Tuesday , March 17
Men's Tennis 
at Fresno State
1:00 PM
Fresno, Calif.
Saturday , March 21
Men's Tennis 
at No. 60 University of California-Irvine
1:00 PM
Irvine, Calif.
Friday , March 27
Men's Tennis 
at No. 29 Drake
4:00 PM
Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday , March 28
Men's Tennis 
at Georgia State
10:00 AM
Des Moines, Iowa (Drake)
Friday , April 03
Men's Tennis 
at UIC
3:00 PM
Chicago, Ill.
Saturday , April 04
Men's Tennis 
at Valparaiso
2:00 PM
Valparaiso, Ind.
Saturday , April 11
Men's Tennis 
vs. Cleveland State
2:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , April 12
Men's Tennis 
vs. Youngstown State
10:00 AM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , April 19
Men's Tennis 
vs. Wright State
10:00 AM
Green Bay, Wis.
Friday , April 24
Men's Tennis 
at Horizon League Championship
West Lafayette, Ind. (Purdue)



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