Green Bay men’s tennis had a tough task ahead of it Friday afternoon, taking on No. 4 Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on the Illini’s home court. The Big Ten champions proved too much for Green Bay, as the Phoenix fell 4-0 in a rematch from this past January, but there were bright spots for a team that was competitive in most of the day’s matches. See details.
The UW-Green Bay men’s tennis team (18-7) has drawn No. 4 Illinois (25-4) in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship. The match will take place Friday, May 8, and is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Green Bay traveled to Champaign, Ill. on Jan. 23 and dropped a 4-0 decision to the Fighting Illini. “We’re excited to be back in the NCAA Tournament, it’s always great to see Green Bay’s name on the selection show,” said head coach Mark Thomas. “Illinois had an awesome year… We know the level, and I think that helps us, to know the level of their players. Illinois is going to contend for a national championship so we have to practice hard this week. We are going to give it our best shot.”
For the third time in four years, the UW-Green Bay men’s tennis team is headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Phoenix claimed a 4-0 victory over No. 2 seed Valparaiso in the Horizon League Championship final on Sunday at Purdue University. Players Leopold Gomez Islinger, Michael Tebon, Howard Scott and Joey Leto came up big. It’s the second consecutive NCAA berth for the Phoenix. Coach Mark Thomas’s team will learn its first-round assignment when pairing are announced Tuesday (April 28) at 4:30 p.m. at the ncaa.com site. Read more.
On Friday, March 27, show your Phoenix Pride by purchasing the official NCAA Women’s tournament T-shirt (item 2616422) — half price from The Phoenix Bookstore with any $10 purchase. Cheapseats is playing “Into the Woods.” Friday night is also GB Nites from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Get your tickets for a weekend performance of DanceWorks. And as always on Friday, A’viands will be offering a 10 percent discount to anyone wearing UWGB apparel. Go Phoenix, Go Green Bay!
UW-Green Bay (28-5) gave undefeated Princeton (31-0) all it could handle on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, taking a 35-34 lead into halftime. However, the nation’s best three-point shooting team knocked down 9-of-16 from long range and dominated the glass in posting an 80-70 win over the Phoenix. Sophomore Mehryn Kraker led Green Bay with a game-high 21 points and junior Kaili Lukan added 17 points and eight rebounds. Read more.
President Obama takes in Phoenix game vs Princeton
UW-Green Bay is now 0-1 in games attended by American presidents. President of the United States and famous basketball fan Barack Obama spent part of his Saturday at the NCAA tournament game between No. 8 seed Princeton and No. 9 seed UW-Green Bay at Xfinity Center in College Park, Md. Though Obama was openly rooting for the Tigers, their opponents told the media they were just as excited by the VIP spectator’s presence. Phoenix coach Kevin Borseth interrupted the usual line of questioning at his postgame press conference to talk about it. “Can I talk about the president?” he said. “I thought that was pretty cool. I shook his hand and took a picture.” Phoenix sophomore Mehryn Kraker tried to make sure Obama’s presence didn’t have a negative impact. “We just said ‘focus.’ A couple of our freshmen were a little starry-eyed coming out, and we were like, ‘let’s go!’ It’s a big deal, don’t get me wrong, but we needed to focus on the game.” See the Green Bay Press-Gazette story (along with a photo of the Borseth/Obama pregame handshake).
Trenton (N.J.) coverage quoted the Phoenix at http://www.trentonian.com/sports/20150321/president-barack-obama-turns-up-to-cheer-on-princeton Or, check ESPN at http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball/tournament/2015/story/_/id/12530061/barack-obama-attends-princeton-green-bay-ncaa-women-tournament-game
The fourth annual Inside Higher Ed academic bracket for the National Collegiate Athletic Association women’s basketball tournament has the UW-Green Bay women going all the way to the finals vs. DePaul. The publication puts a twist on the on-court competition by judging each game on academic performance as measured by the NCAA’s team-by-team classroom performance metric, and the graduation success rate. So, according to Inside Higher Ed hypothetical academics bracket… We’re No. 2! We’re No. 2! Very impressive.
We came across this factoid in reading some of the national coverage on the Princeton/UWGB matchup. It seems Michelle Obama is a Princeton rooter — her niece is freshman forward Leslie Robinson — and sometimes gives locker room motivational speeches. And hosts White House visits. The First Lady, a Princeton grad, and the First Daughters have attended Tigers games in the past. We wonder if she’ll make the short trip to College Park this Saturday. Read down about two-thirds of the way.
The UW-Green Bay women’s basketball program will be welcoming the public and media to the Kress Center Thursday (March 19) to help send the team off in style, as the Phoenix departs for the airport to board a charter flight bound for Washington D.C. and the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The bus will be departing the Kress Events Center (the front desk, fitness center and Bennett Gymnasium doors) at 12:30 p.m. sharp. They’ll start loading the gear on the bus at 12:15.
The No. 9 seed Phoenix women (28-4) will face undefeated No. 8 seed Princeton (30-0) in the NCAA First Round on Saturday (March 21) morning at 10 a.m. Central at the Xfnity Center on the campus of the University of Maryland. The game can be watched on ESPN2 locally. (Fans outside of Wisconsin might have to dial up ESPN3, online.) Should Green Bay advance, it would face the winner of No. 1 seed Maryland and No. 16 seed New Mexico State on Monday (March 23) at 5:30 p.m. CDT on ESPN2. Princeton, ranked 13th in the country, is the lone unbeaten women’s basketball team in the country after winning the regular season title in the Ivy League. Read more.
The Phoenix Bookstore is open today, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during spring break for all your March Madness shopping needs. They tell us that “limited-edition official NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament t-shirts and remaining clearance items are some of the great things available at your campus store.”