GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Competing in its final home contest of the 2011-12 campaign, the Green Bay men's tennis team dominated conference rival Valparaiso 7-0 on Sunday afternoon for Senior Day at Western Racquet and Fitness Club. The Phoenix improved to 13-5 overall and 2-0 in the Horizon League while finishing its home schedule with an unbeaten 7-0 record.
"I was very proud of the overall performance today." Green Bay head coach Mark Thomas said. "We competed well from top to bottom in both singles and doubles. We have played well at home all season and we are focused on carrying the positive momentum from this weekend into the pair of challenging road matches next weekend."
After picking up the doubles point in convincing fashion, the Phoenix rolled through singles play with straight-set victories in all six matches.
Paul Swanson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) performed well in the final home contest of his outstanding four-year career, as the senior powered his way to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Valpo's Chris Baum at the No. 1 singles spot. Swanson also paired up with fellow senior Henning Jess (Kaltenkirchen, Germany) for a win at No. 3 doubles, defeating the duo of Egan Hart and Michael Woodson 8-3.
Craig Cox (Surrey, England), Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany), Felix Goepper (Seelbach, Germany) and Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) were also two-time winners for the Phoenix, as Cox and Finkenbrink paired up for a win at No. 1 doubles and Goepper and Tenzer won at No. 2. In singles action, Tenzer cruised past Valpo's Eric Honert 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2, Finkenbrink beat Kevin DeHerrera 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3, Goepper rolled past Adam Whitmer 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 and Cox defeated Siddarth Mehta 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 5 spot.
Also picking up a singles win for the Phoenix was freshman Gary Notkin (Plymouth, Minn.), who finished off Michael Woodson 6-4, 6-3 in the No.6 contest.
Green Bay begins a stretch of five straight road matches against Horizon League opponents next Friday when it travels to Youngstown State before heading to defending conference champion Cleveland State on Saturday.
No. 1 - Craig Cox/Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Chris Baum/Adam Whitmer (VAL) 8-4
No. 2 - Felix Goepper/Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Kevin DeHerrera/Eric Honert (VAL) 8-5
No. 3 - Henning Jess/Paul Swanson (GB) def. Egan Hart/Michael Woodson (VAL) 8-3
No. 1 - Paul Swanson (GB) def. Chris Baum (VAL) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 - Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Eric Honert (VAL) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 - Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Kevin DeHerrera (VAL) 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 - Felix Goepper (GB) def. Adam Whitmer (VAL) 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 - Craig Cox (GB) def. Siddarth Mehta (VAL) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 - Gary Notkin (GB) def. Michael Woodson (VAL) 6-4, 6-3
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