Patrick StumpfGREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – After four Phoenix seniors were recognized pre-match for more than 400 combined wins in their careers, it was those very seniors who propelled Green Bay to a bounce back 4-3 win over UIC on Sunday afternoon at Western Racquet & Fitness Club.
The Phoenix (9-6, 2-1 HL) found itself in an early hole after the Flames (8-8, 1-1 HL) picked up the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2, as the UIC duo of Chris Cole and Mitch Granger defeated Leo Gomez Islinger and Florian Kraenzler, 6-3, and then Carl Hedstrom and Nate Campanile took out Howard Scott and Joey Leto, 6-4.
The Phoenix seniors got the last laugh in singles; however, as Gomez Islinger won his fourth-straight match in straight sets over Cole at No. 2, 6-1, 6-1, and Leto followed suit less than two minutes later with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Campanile at No. 6.
Green Bay clinched the match victory after taking each of the next two points at No. 1 and No. 3, as Howard Scott outlasted Hedstrom in a tiebreak, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, and Kraenzler downed Granger, 6-4, 6-1. With his victory, Scott secured his 100th dual match win as a Phoenix, improving to 8-5 on the year and 2-2 in the top spot.
With the match already decided, freshman Charlie Ridout had a three-match winning streak snapped against Max Cedarkall, who won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5, while Joshua Schramm also lost in a heart-breaking super breaker to Marcelo Dib at No. 4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 12-10.
The Phoenix will travel to Ohio next weekend to play Youngstown State (6-11, 2-1 HL) and Cleveland State (10-9, 1-2 HL) on Saturday and Sunday.
1. Howard Scott (GB) def. Carl Hedstrom (UIC) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. Leo Gomez Islinger (GB) def. Chris Cole (UIC) 6-1, 6-1
3. Florian Kraenzler (GB) def. Mitch Granger (UIC) 6-4, 6-1
4. Marcelo Dib (UIC) def. Joshua Schramm (GB) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 12-10
5. Max Cederkall (UIC) def. Charlie Ridout (GB) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Joey Leto (GB) def. Nate Campanile (UIC) 6-4, 6-0
1. Chris Cole/Mitch Granger (UIC) def. Leo Gomez Islinger/Florian Kraenzler (GB) 6-3
2. Carl Hedstrom/Nate Campanile (UIC) def. Howard Scott/Joey Leto (GB) 6-4
3. Miles McDowall/Matej Kostadinov (GB) vs. Marcelo Dib/Max Cederkall (UIC) 5-4, unfinished
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