Green Bay Comes Back to Beat Detroit Mercy and Stay Perfect in League
DETROIT, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men’s tennis team maintained its perfect Horizon League record this season by gutting out a 4-3 comeback win at Detroit Mercy on Sunday afternoon.
The Phoenix (6-7, 3-0 HL) got off on the wrong foot initially, dropping the doubles point after a 6-3 loss at the No. 1 team of junior Florian Kraenzler and sophomore Charlie Ridout, and a 7-5 loss from the No. 2 team of sophomores Miles McDowall and Matej Kostadinov.
The Titans (6-11, 0-1 HL) applied major pressure to begin singles play, getting a win at the No. 2 singles after Kostadinov had to retire midway through the first set due to injury.
Freshman Radomirovic turned the tide for the Phoenix when he picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles, getting the Phoenix on the board. Shortly after, Ridout took No. 5 singles to even things up at 2-2.
The Titans battled back to get the win at No. 3 singles, to give Detroit Mercy a 3-2 lead after senior Joshua Schramm dropped the match in straight sets.
However, the Phoenix was not done yet. Kraenzler evened up the match once more by winning No. 1 singles after dropping the first set by a score of 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The match came down to Green Bay’s sophomore Miles McDowall at No. 4 singles.
After dropping a tight first set 7-5, McDowall fought back to claim set two also by a score of 7-5. With the match tied with one set apiece, McDowall never looked back to clinch the match in the decisive third set 6-2.
“Miles, Ivan, and Charlie really stepped up at the bottom of our line up to give us the depth we needed,” said Green Bay head coach Tim Dean after the match. “Flo also showed some mental toughness from coming back from a set down. I am very proud of Miles and how he performed in the third set to clinch the match for us.”
The win pushed Green Bay to a perfect 3-0 in Horizon League play in 2017.
The Phoenix will be back in action on April 14, taking on the reigning Horizon league champion and preseason favorite Valparaiso on the road before facing UIC in Chicago on April 15.
|1. KRAENZLER, Florian (GBM) def. Artem Vasheshnikov (DETROIT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|2. Patryk Koscielski (DETROIT) def. KOSTADINOV, Matej (GBM) 3-0, retired|
|3. Nathan Ponton (DETROIT) def. SCHRAMM, Joshua (GBM) 6-1, 6-4|
|4. McDOWALL, Miles (GBM) def. Kacper Stelmaszak (DETROIT) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2|
|5. RIDOUT, Charlie (GBM) def. Adam Zychowicz (DETROIT) 6-3, 6-2|
|6. RADOMIROVIC, Ivan (GBM) def. Chance Conley (DETROIT) 6-2, 6-3|
|1. Nathan Ponton/Artem Vasheshnikov (DETROIT) def. KRAENZLER, Florian/RIDOUT, Charlie (GBM) 6-4|
|2. Chance Conley/Patryk Koscielski (DETROIT) def. McDOWALL, Miles/KOSTADINOV, Matej (GBM) 7-5|
|3. Adam Zychowicz/Kacper Stelmaszak (DETROIT) vs. RADOMIROVIC, Ivan/SCHRAMM, Joshua (GBM) 5-5, unfinished|