Green Bay Beats Butler, Advances to Horizon League Championship
INDIANAPOLIS (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The second-seeded Green Bay men's tennis team picked up a 4-1 victory over No. 6 Butler Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the Horizon League Championships at Indianapolis Racquet Club East. The Phoenix advances to the conference title match for the second consecutive season and will face fourth-seeded Cleveland State on Sunday in a rematch of last year's championship.
After dropping the doubles point to start the day the Phoenix bounced back quickly and closed out the Bulldogs with straight-set victories in the top four singles spots.
Green Bay's three all-league picks came through with wins on Saturday, as first-teamers Paul Swanson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) and Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) won at the top two spots, while second-team selection Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) secured the match-clinching point at No. 3.
Junior Craig Cox (Surrey England) also notched a win for the Phoenix, knotting the score at 1-1 with his 6-0, 6-4 victory against Butler's Pulok Bhattacharya at No. 4. Green Bay took the lead with Tenzer's 6-4, 6-0 rout of Tommy Marx at the No. 2 spot, and Swanson's 6-1, 7-5 win over fellow first-teamer and Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Austin Woldmoe at No. 1 extended the margin to 3-1.
The match ended when Finkenbrink was able to put away Zach Ervin 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3, sending Green Bay to the Horizon League title match for the fifth time in school history.
Green Bay and Cleveland State will square off at 12:30 p.m. CT on Sunday at the Barbara Wynne Tennis Center on the campus of North Central High School in Indianapolis. The Vikings, who defeated top-seeded Wright State 4-0 on Saturday, are looking for their fifth consecutive conference crown, while the Phoenix is aiming for its first championship. Cleveland State defeated Green Bay 4-1 in last year's final.
The Phoenix took the regular season meeting between the two schools, picking up a 5-2 win on April 7 in Cleveland.
Sunday's Horizon League Championship match will be carried live on the Horizon League Network.
No. 1 - Erik Finkenbrink/Craig Cox (GB) vs. Austin Woldmoe/Billy Weldon (BU) 6-7 unfinished
No. 2 - Tommy Marx/Zach Ervin (BU) def. Michael Tenzer/Michael Tebon (GB) 8-6
No. 3 - Stephen McLoughlin/Sam O'Neill (BU) def. Felix Goepper/Paul Swanson (GB) 9-8 (10-8)
No. 1 - Paul Swanson (GB) def. Austin Woldmoe (BU) 6-1, 7-5
No. 2 - Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Tommy Marx (BU) 6-4, 6-0
No. 3 - Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Zach Ervin (BU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 - Craig Cox (GB) def. Pulok Bhattacharya (BU) 6-0, 6-4
No. 5 - Felix Goepper (GB) vs. Billy Weldon (BU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-2 unfinished
No. 6 - Christoph Hopfe (GB) vs. Stephen McLoughlin (BU) 6-2, 5-6 unfinished