UW-Green Bay has named Daniel Bickett as the next head coach of the Phoenix tennis programs, Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie announced on Thursday. Bickett joins Green Bay following a one-year stint as the head coach at UW-Oshkosh and six seasons as an assistant coach for the highly successful program at UW-Whitewater. Prior to arriving at UW-Oshkosh, the native of Houston, Texas, oversaw a staff of four tennis professionals as the Director of Tennis at Premier Tennis & Fitness in Janesville. For more, see the news release.
Congratulations are in order for the six UW-Green Bay Phoenix athletes named Wednesday (June 18) to the Horizon League’s spring academic all-league teams. The honorees are four Phoenix softball players (Marissa Michalkiewicz, Hailey Mohrfeld, Stacey Butts and Shannon Butts) and two men’s tennis players (Michael Tenzer and Leopold Gomez Islinger). Teams were voted on by the league’s faculty athletics representatives and athletics communications directors from the eight spring sports the Horizon League sponsors: baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Read more about this terrific group of student-athletes.
Green Bay men’s tennis team’s impressive 2014 season came to an end on Saturday afternoon, as the Phoenix fell 4-0 to No. 13 Notre Dame in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at the University of Notre Dame tennis center. “Top to bottom, our guys didn’t give up,” Phoenix head coach Mark Thomas said. “They fought every point, but give credit to Notre Dame – they played awesome. We’ve seen them at spots in the fall, and today they just performed at the highest level we’ve seen all year. I think they took us a little by surprise, but that’s a great team. They’re well coached, well trained, and we have a lot to learn from them.” For the news release and match scores.
The UW-Green Bay men’s tennis team, champions of the Horizon League, will face No. 13 overall seed Notre Dame in an NCAA Division I tournament opener on Friday, May 9. If they get by the Fighting Irish, the Phoenix men will face the winner of the Northwestern/Mississippi opener in the second round the following day. For a look at the brackets.
Congratulations again to the Green Bay men’s tennis team on winning the Horizon League championship and qualifying for the program’s second NCAA tournament appearance in three seasons. Coach Mark Thomas and his team will learn their opening-round assignment Tuesday afternoon. (A selection-show viewing party will take place at the Kress Events Center’s Special Events Room for the 4 p.m. CDT announcement on www.NCAA.com) The Phoenix was sent to Malibu (Pepperdine U) two years ago, and with this year’s Top 25 dominated by West Coast and Sun Belt schools (along with some Big Ten programs), a warm-weather trip is again a possibility.
It came down to the last match of a sunny, windy afternoon Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Sophomore Howard Scott of Exeter, England refused to give up and in the end that attitude propelled No. 1 Green Bay (18-7) to the title at the 2014 Horizon League Men’s Tennis Championship. Scott rallied from down 5-1 in the final set to post a 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 victory at No. 3 singles and secure a 4-3 victory for the Phoenix over No. 2 Cleveland State. With the victory, head coach Mark Thomas and Green Bay earned the automatic berth into the 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship for the second time in the past three seasons. Last season, the Phoenix fell 4-3 to the Vikings, with Scott losing the decisive match. Read the full coverage.
The Green Bay men’s tennis team beat Detroit and Wright State last week to post a perfect 6-0 record in league play (16-7 overall) for the second year in a row. The top-seeded Phoenix will have a first-round bye in this weekend’s Horizon League tournament, which will take place at the University of Michigan Tennis Center in Ann Arbor. The Phoenix will play the winner of No. 4 Valparaiso and No. 5 UIC at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday (April 26). All matches will be streamed live on the Horizon League Network.
The Phoenix men’s tennis duo of Michael Tenzer, a junior from Neuried, Germany, and Howard Scott, a sophomore from Exeter, England, is one of the best around. They play No. 1 doubles for UW-Green Bay, and have gone 6-2 against a power-packed early season schedule (including a win against a Top 10 pair). How good are they. The new rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association place them No. 40 in the nation. Phoenix Athletics believes it’s the highest ranking ever for Green Bay tennis. Read more.
It was a winning weekend not only for the much-publicized Phoenix basketball teams, but also for the swimming and diving teams and men’s tennis program.
• The Green Bay men’s swimming and diving squad earned the Butler Invitational championship on Sunday, besting Xavier, Ball State and Evansville. Reigning Horizon League Swimmer of the Week Willem Poelmans of Hasselt, Belgium won three individual races.
• The Green Bay women’s team picked up a 136-99 victory over Northern Michigan on Saturday afternoon at Dorschel Natatorium to improve to a perfect 9-0 in duals and 18-0 against all competition in 2013-14.
• The Green Bay men’s tennis team improved to 2-0 on the young season on Saturday, rallying for a 4-3 road victory against DePaul in the Windy City. A key win came at No. 1 doubles with Howard Scott of Exeter, England, and Michael Tenzer of Neuried, Germany.
Squaring off in the Horizon League Tournament championship for the third straight year, top-seeded Green Bay and second-seeded Cleveland State played a dramatic title match on Sunday morning at West Indianapolis Racquet Club. The thrilling contest went the distance before the Vikings defeated the defending champion Phoenix, 4-3. The result denied Green Bay a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Guided by Horizon League Coach of the Year Mark Thomas, Green Bay ends its season at 17-7 overall and with the first regular season conference title in program history. Read more.