KALAMAZOO, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's tennis team (1-0) opened its spring schedule Friday evening with a hard-fought victory over Western Michigan (3-2) at West Hills Athletic Club in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Phoenix swept the doubles point before splitting the six singles contests en route to a 4-3 win.
The senior duo of Craig Cox (Surrey, England) and Erik Finkenbrink (Duelmen, Germany) got things started with an 8-3 victory at the No. 1 doubles spot, defeating WMU's Nadin Indre and Ruben Greiner. The Phoenix then secured the doubles point by winning a pair of close ones, as Rowan Isaaks (London, England) and Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) won 8-7 (7-5) at No. 2 and Michael Tebon (Excelsior, Minn.) and Howard Scott (Exeter, England) took an 8-7 (7-2) decision at No. 3.
In singles action, the Phoenix got wins from Tenzer, Cox and Islinger to close out the 4-3 victory. Tenzer earned a come-from-behind win over WMU's Ross VanderPloeg at No. 2 (3-6, 6-2, 6-2), while Cox and Islinger grabbed straight-set victories at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.
The Phoenix is back in action in Kalamazoo on Saturday, taking on IPFW, before heading to Milwaukee to take on IUPUI on Sunday at noon.
No. 1 - Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Erik Finkenbrink (GB) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 - Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 - Craig Cox (GB) def. Aaron Wong (WMU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 - Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Rowan Isaaks (GB) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 5 - Leopold Gomez Islinger (GB) def. Pablo Mora (WMU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
No. 6 - Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Howard Scott (GB) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
No. 1 - Craig Cox/Erik Finkenbrink (GB) def. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) 8-3
No. 2 - Rowan Isaaks/Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Ross VanderPloeg/Andrew Cahn (WMU) 8-7 (7-5)
No. 3 - Michael Tebon/Howard Scott (GB) def. Stephen Payne/Marc Shideler (WMU) 8-7 (7-2)
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