INDIANAPOLIS (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's tennis team split a pair of Horizon League road contests over the weekend, beating Butler 6-1 on Sunday in Indianapolis after a tough, 4-3 loss at league-leading Wright State on Saturday night in Springboro, Ohio.
Sunday's win over Butler gave the Phoenix its 16th victory (16-6, 5-1 Horizon League), equaling the school record for most wins in a season set in 2011 (16-8, 6-1).
After dropping the doubles point on Sunday, Green Bay rattled off straight-set wins in all six singles contests for the 6-1 victory over the Bulldogs. Juniors Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) and Craig Cox (Surrey, England) were both two-time winners, with Finkenbrink beating Zach Ervin 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 and Cox defeating Billy Weldon 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4. The two also paired up for an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles.
Also earning singles wins for the Phoenix on Sunday were Paul Swanson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) at No. 1 (6-4, 6-2), Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) at No. 2 (6-2, 7-6), Christoph Hopfe (Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) at No. 5 (7-6, 6-2) and Michael Tebon (Excelsior, Minn.) at No. 6 (6-3, 6-0).
Saturday featured a battle for first place in the Horizon League with both Green Bay and Wright State entering with 4-0 records. The match turned out to be as good as advertised, coming down to the final singles contest.
The Phoenix started off strong by taking two of the three doubles contests to earn the match's first point, but the Raiders bounced back to take three of the first five singles contests to knot things up at 3-3.
With all but one singles match completed and sole possession of first place on the line, the No. 1 bout between Swanson and WSU's Martin Arguello went to a third set after Swanson picked up a 7-5 win in set number two. Arguello rebounded, however, and took the tiebreaker for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win, propelling the Raiders to the 4-3 result.
Cox and Tenzer won their singles contests at Wright State Saturday night, as Cox took home a 6-3, 6-3 win over Michal Lyzwa at No. 4 and Tenzer picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Hayden Joblin at No. 2.
The Phoenix has just one contest remaining before the 2012 Horizon League Championships (April 27-29 in Indianapolis) - a meeting with Detroit next Saturday at 2 p.m. in Valparaiso, Ind. The match will conclude Green Bay's five-match road trip to end the regular season.
Sunday at Butler (W, 6-1)
No. 1 - Craig Cox/Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Billy Weldon/Austin Woldmore (BU) 8-5
No. 2 - Tommy Marx/Zach Ervin (BU) def. Michael Tebon/Michael Tenzer (GB) 8-2
No. 3 - Stephen McLoughlin/Sam O'Neill (BU) def. Henning Jess/Paul Swanson (GB) 9-8
No. 1 - Paul Swanson (GB) def. Austin Woldmoe (BU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 - Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Tommy Marx (BU) 6-2, 7-6
No. 3 - Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Zach Ervin (BU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 - Craig Cox (GB) def. Billy Weldon (BU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 - Christoph Hopfe (GB) def. Stephen McLoughlin (BU) 7-6, 6-2
No. 6 - Michael Tebon (GB) def. Sam O'Neill (BU) 6-3, 6-0
Saturday at Wright State (L, 4-3)
No. 1 - Craig Cox/Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Jamison Clark/Hayden Joblin (WSU) 8-6
No. 2 - Michael Tebon/Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Martin Arguello/Lauri Makikalli (WSU) 8-5
No. 3 - Myles Harris/Evan Neuman (WSU) def. Henning Jess/Paul Swanson (GB) 8-4
No. 1 - Martin Arguello (WSU) def. Paul Swanson (GB) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
No. 2 - Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Hayden Joblin (WSU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 - Lauri Makikalli (WSU) def. Erik Finkenbrink (GB) 6-3, 7-6
No. 4 - Craig Cox (GB) def. Michal Lyzwa (WSU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 - Jamison Clark (WSU) def. Christoph Hopfe (GB) 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 - Ricardo Pineda (WSU) def. Henning Jess (GB) 6-4, 6-1
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