By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Green Bay sophomore Howard Scott (Exeter, England) has been tabbed as the Horizon League Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 16-22, the conference announced on Monday. Scott was the runner-up in the Flight A singles bracket at the 20-team Purdue Fall Invitational over the weekend and also advanced to the semifinals of Flight B doubles.
It marks the first Horizon League Player of the Week honor in Scott’s young career.
Scott won his first four singles matches in the three-day Purdue Invite at the Schwartz Tennis Center, starting with an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win on Friday over DePaul’s Filip Dzanko, who was ranked as one of the top-eight seeds in the 32-man flight. Scott advanced to the semifinals with two more straight-set wins over Valparaiso’s Dave Bacalla (6-3, 6-1) and No. 2 seed Chris Simich (6-0, 6-2) of Louisville.
The sophomore earned his trip to the title match with a 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1 victory over Toledo’s Mark Singni before falling to the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed Nadin Indre of Western Michigan 6-1, 6-2.
Scott and Marius Merz (Heidelberg, Germany) made a run to the semifinals in the Flight B doubles bracket, winning their first three contests against duos from Toledo (8-6), Western Michigan (8-4) and Washington University in St. Louis (9-7). The sophomores ultimately fell to Toledo’s Garrett Cona and Stjepan Sisko (8-1) in the penultimate match.
The Purdue Invite marked the second straight standout weekend for Scott, who was also named MVP at the Western Michigan Invitational last weekend after finishing with six total wins.
Green Bay continues its fall slate next weekend at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
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