Craig Cox Named Horizon League Player of the Week

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Release: January 31, 2012
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Craig Cox posted a 4-0 record in Green Bay's first weekend of play.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After posting an unbeaten (4-0) record to open the spring schedule over the weekend, Green Bay men's tennis junior Craig Cox (Surrey, England) earned Horizon League Player of the Week honors on Tuesday for the first time in his Phoenix career.

In the season-opening loss (5-2) at Western Michigan on Friday, Cox rallied for a come-from-behind win at No. 5 singles against WMU's Ross VanderPloeg. The Second Team All-League pick from a year ago dropped the opening set, but recovered for a 6-7 (8), 6-2, 1-0 (10-3) victory. The junior also teamed up with classmate Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) for Green Bay's lone doubles win at the No. 2 spot.

In Green Bay's 7-0 sweep of IPFW Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich., Cox routed Daniel Kang 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 5 singles match after again pairing up with Finkenbrink for a tough, 8-7 (5) victory over the Mastadons' duo of Connor Andrews and Roberto Cabrini at No. 1 doubles.

"I was especially proud of Craig's come-from-behind win against Western Michigan as well as his No. 1 doubles win against IPFW, where the last few points of the tie-break were won on his racquet," Phoenix head coach Mark Thomas said. "He has worked hard to develop the mental side of his game and it really showed this weekend."

Green Bay (1-1) opens a three-day, three-match home stand on Friday when it hosts Michigan Tech at 6 p.m. at Western Racquet and Fitness. The Phoenix then welcomes Bradley (Saturday at 2 p.m.) and Carleton (Sunday at 10 a.m.) to close out the weekend.

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INSIDE MEN'S TENNIS
SCHEDULE
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Friday , January 23
Men's Tennis 
at Illinois
9:00 AM
Champaign, Ill. (Illinois)
 
Men's Tennis 
at Ball State
3:00 PM
Champaign, Ill. (Illinois)
 
Friday , January 30
Men's Tennis 
at Minnesota
11:00 AM
Minneapolis, Minn.
 
Sunday , February 01
Men's Tennis 
vs. UW-Whitewater
9:00 AM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Men's Tennis 
vs. Cardinal Stritch
12:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Friday , February 06
Men's Tennis 
at Western Michigan
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo, Mich.
 
Saturday , February 07
Men's Tennis 
at IPFW
10:00 AM
Kalamazoo, Mich. (Western Michigan)
 
Sunday , February 08
Men's Tennis 
at Detroit
TBA
Detroit, Mich.
 
Friday , February 13
Men's Tennis 
vs. Toldeo
6:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , February 15
Men's Tennis 
vs. DePaul
TBA
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , February 22
Men's Tennis 
at Marquette
12:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
 
Saturday , February 28
Men's Tennis 
at Louisville
TBA
Louisville, Ky.
 
Men's Tennis 
at IUPUI
TBA
Louisville, Ky.
 
Sunday , March 01
Men's Tennis 
at Butler
TBA
Indianapolis, Ind.
 
Saturday , March 07
Men's Tennis 
at Wisconsin
11:00 AM
Madison, Wis.
 
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