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By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

DES MOINES, Iowa (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's tennis team (4-1) split a pair of matches at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines, Iowa, over the weekend, defeating UM-Kansas City 6-1 on Saturday before suffering its first loss of 2013 at No. 43 Drake 5-2 on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Phoenix started by winning the doubles point against UMKC, and then went on to take five of the six singles matches. Sophomore Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Germany) paced Green Bay with a 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1, while senior Craig Cox (Surrey, England) picked up a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 2.

In the 5-2 loss to Drake (4-1), the host Bulldogs opened by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Freshman Howard Scott (Exeter, England) and sophomore Michael Tebon (Excelsior, Minn.) picked up Green Bay's lone doubles victory, pulling out an 8-7 (6) win at No. 3 over Ben Mullis and Grant Tesmer.

Tenzer earned a hard-fought victory over a tough opponent at No. 2 singles, defeating No. 86 Alen Salibasic in a three-set thriller. Tenzer opened with a 7-6 (4) win in the opening set before Salibasic knotted things up with a 7-6 (5) win in set number two. Tenzer was able to bounce back in the tiebreaker, prevailing 10-6 to earn Green Bay's first point.

Freshman Leopold Gomez Islinger (Weiden, Germany) nabbed the second point of the day for the Phoenix at No. 4, defeating Jean Erasmus 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (5).

After playing its first five matches away from home, the Phoenix will return to Western Racquet and Fitness Club on Saturday, Feb. 9, for a pair of contests. Green Bay will host Kenyon College 2:30 p.m. and UW-Whitewater at 6 p.m.

Saturday vs. UMKC
Singles

No. 1 - Michael Tenzer (GB) def. Nino Hasandedic (UMKC) 6-2. 6-3
No. 2 - Craig Cox (GB) def. Tomas Patino (UMKC) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 - Grant Fleming (UMKC) def. Leopold Gomez Islinger (GB) 6-4, 0-6, 10-4
No. 4 - Rowan Isaaks (GB) def. Daniil Ivanov (UMKC) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 - Howard Scott (GB) def. Conner Edwards (UMKC) 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 - Joey Leto (GB) def. No. 116 Tim Akhmedov (UMKC) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8

Doubles
No. 1 - Craig Cox/Erik Finkenbrink (GB) vs. Grant Fleming/Thomas Patino (UMKC) unfinished
No. 2 - Michael Tenzer/Rowan Isaaks (GB) def. Tim Akmedov/Conner Edwards (UMKC) 8-2
No. 3 - Howard Scott/Michael Tebon (GB) def. Nino Hasandedic/David Heckler (UMKC) 8-5

Sunday at No. 43 Drake
Singles

No. 1 - No. 68 James McKie def. Erik Finkenbrink (GB), 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 - Michael Tenzer (GB) def. No. 86 Alen Salibasic (DU), 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-5), 10-6
No. 3 - Robin Goodman (DU) def. Craig Cox (GB), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 - Leopold Gomez Islinger (GB) def. Jean Erasmus (DU), 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)
No. 5 - No. 109 Ben Mullis def. Rowan Isaaks (GB), 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 - Grant Tesmer (DU) def. Howard Scott (GB), 7-5, 6-1

Doubles
No. 1 - Erasmus/Salibasic (DU) def. Cox/Finkenbrink (GB), 8-3
No. 2 - Goodman/McKie (DU) def. Isaaks/Tenzer (GB), 8-6
No. 3 - Scott/Michael Tebon (GB) def. Mullis/Tesmer (DU), 8-7 (8-6)

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