DES MOINES, Iowa (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - In its first match following its spring break trip to Florida, the Green Bay men's tennis team picked up a 6-1 win over UMKC in a neutral-site contest in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday. The Phoenix improved to 11-4 on the year with the win, while the Kangaroos fell to 1-12.
Green Bay began the contest by taking two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. The nationally-ranked tandem (No. 61) of Felix Goepper (Seelbach, Germany) and Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) picked up a 9-7 win over UMKC's Tim Akhmedov and Grant Fleming at the No. 1 spot, while Craig Cox (Surrey, England) and Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) secured the point with an 8-6 win at No. 2.
Tenzer and Finkenbrink each earned hard-fought, three-set wins in singles action, as Tenzer defeated Tomas Patino 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 at the No. 2 spot and Finkenbrink battled to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory at No. 3.
Cox dominated his singles contest at the No. 4 spot, routing UMKC's Connor Edwards 6-1, 6-2. Christoph Hopfe (Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) and Gary Notkin (Plymouth, Minn.) also earned convincing wins at No. 5 and No. 6. Hopfe cruised past Akhmedov 6-2, 6-2 in the fifth slot, while Notkin pulled out a 6-2, 7-6 win at No. 6.
The Phoenix is back in action Sunday morning in Des Moines when it faces No. 45 Drake at 11 a.m.
No. 1 - #61 Felix Goepper/Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Tim Akhmedov/Grant Fleming (UMKC) 9-7
No. 2 - Craig Cox/Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. David Heckler/Abdulrahman Alawadhi (UMKC) 8-6
No. 3 - Connor Edwards/Tomas Patino (UMKC) def. Michael Tebon/Paul Swanson (GB) 9-8
No. 1 - Grant Fleming (UMKC) def. Paul Swanson (GB) 7-5, 7-6
No. 2 - Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Tomas Patino (UMKC) 6-3, 5-7, 10-8
No. 3 - Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Abdulrahman Alawadhi (UMKC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
No. 4 - Craig Cox (GB) def. Connor Edwards (UMKC) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 - Christoph Hopfe (GB) def. Tim Akhmedov (UMKC) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 - Gary Notkin (GB) def. David Heckler (UMKC) 6-2, 7-6
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