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Top-Seeded Phoenix Aims to Repeat as Horizon League Champion

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: April 25, 2013
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By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)

GREEN BAY, Wis. GreenBayPhoenix.com) –
One year removed from winning the program’s first Horizon League tournament title and earning its first trip to the NCAA Tournament,  the Green Bay men’s tennis team enters this weekend’s 2013 Horizon League Championship in Indianapolis as the No. 1 seed and the favorite to repeat as champion.

The top-seeded Phoenix, which claimed the program’s first regular-season conference crown this year with a perfect 6-0 league record, earned a bye to the semifinals and will play the winner of fourth-seeded Wright State and fifth-seeded UIC on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. CT at North Central High School. The championship game is slated for Sunday morning at 8 a.m. CT.

To view the full 2013 Horizon League Men’s Tennis Championship bracket, click here.

Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Mark Thomas, Green Bay finished its 2013 regular season with an impressive 16-6 overall record and enters the Horizon League Championship having won nine of its last 11 matches, including each of the last seven. The 16 wins are tied for the second-most in school history, behind only last season’s record-setting 19-win total.

In addition to its unblemished league record, the Phoenix is a perfect 5-0 in home matches and 5-1 in neutral-site contests in 2013. Four of the team’s six losses came to nationally-ranked opponents on the road (#43 Drake, #71 Purdue, #70 Wisconsin, and #72 Stetson).

Green Bay has benefitted from dominant singles play throughout the season, led by Horizon League Player of the Year candidate Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany). The sophomore, who was a first-team selection as a freshman in 2012, is 15-3 in singles competition, including 13-3 from the No. 1 spot. Tenzer owns a perfect 6-0 record against Horizon League opponents and is 9-1 in his last 10 contests.

Newcomers Howard Scott (Exeter, England) and Rowan Isaaks (London, England) also have perfect 6-0 league records at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively, and senior Craig Cox (Surrey, England) is 5-1 at No. 3. In all, the Phoenix has a remarkable 31-5 singles record against conference opponents.

In doubles action, the senior duo of Cox and Erik Finkenbrink (Duelmen, Germany) lead the Phoenix from the No. 1 spot, holding a 12-7 overall record. Tenzer and freshman Joey Leto (Downers Grove, Ill.) have also been solid at No. 3 doubles, finishing the regular season 10-3.

Green Bay entered the year as the league’s unanimous favorite, picking up all six first-place votes in January’s Horizon League preseason poll. The Phoenix finished the 2012 campaign 19-7 overall and 6-1 in conference play, defeating four-time defending champion Cleveland State in the Horizon League title match before wrapping up its season with a hard-fought loss at No. 7 Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif., in the NCAA Tournament.

Green Bay defeated both of its potential semifinal opponents during the regular season, first knocking off UIC 6-1 in Chicago on March 30 before defeating Wright State 5-2 on April 13 at Western Racquet and Fitness Club. The No. 5 Flames enter the tournament with a 6-14 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the Horizon League, while the No. 4 Raiders – last season’s No. 1 seed – are 12-12 overall and 4-4 in league play.

Fans can follow the Phoenix at the 2013 Horizon League Championship in Indianapolis with continuing coverage on GreenBayPhoenix.com, the Horizon League Network and social media. Recaps, results, photos and videos will be on GreenBayPhoenix.com following each match, and live updates will be posted throughout the tournament on the team’s Twitter and Facebook pages. Sunday’s championship match will be streamed live on the Horizon League Network.


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Schedule Sponsor
Saturday , November 01
Women's Basketball 
vs. Michigan Tech (Exhibition)
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Thursday , November 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. UW-Oshkosh (Exhibition)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , November 15
Women's Basketball 
at Marquette
1:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
Monday , November 17
Women's Basketball 
at Vanderbilt
7:00 PM
Nashville, Tenn.
Wednesday, November 19
Women's Basketball 
at Purdue
4:30 PM
West Lafayette, Ind.
Saturday , November 22
Women's Basketball 
vs. Duquesne
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Friday , November 28
Women's Basketball 
at Georgia Tech
11:00 AM
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , November 29
Women's Basketball 
at Arizona State or Villanova
Naples, Fla.
Sunday , November 30
Women's Basketball 
at TBD
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , December 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. Western Michigan
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Wednesday, December 10
Women's Basketball 
at South Dakota State
7:00 PM
Brookings, S.D.
Saturday , December 13
Women's Basketball 
vs. Wisconsin
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , December 20
Women's Basketball 
vs. Vermont
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , December 28
Women's Basketball 
at Dayton
1:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio
Saturday , January 03
Women's Basketball 
vs. Davenport
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.



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