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    March 31, 2012

    GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The UIC men’s tennis team (2-12, 0-3 HL) endured a hard fought battle on Saturday as they faced Green Bay (12-5, 1-0 HL) at Western Racquet and Fitness Club.  After taking two-of-three matches in doubles to capture the first point, they were unable to come away in singles, as they fell 6-1.

    The Flames took doubles wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions.  Alexander Raa and Rahul Kamath combined to No. 1 to take down Felix Goepper and Michael Tenzer, 8-5, while Scott Shepardson and Nate Kirk went to a tiebreaker with Michael Tebon and Paul Swanson at No. 3 and came out on top 9-8 (8).  At No. 2, Maurizio Feoli and Alan Reifer went up against Craig Cox and Erik Finkenbrink before falling 8-4.

    In singles, UIC took three matches to three sets, but were unable to come away with a win against the Phoenix.  Feoli faced Goepper at No. 4 and was able to come back in the second set before going down 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.  Capturing wins in their first sets, Kirk (No. 5) and Kamath (No. 6) could not hang on through the second and third against Cox and Christoph Hopfe, respectively, as they lost their matches 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 and 0-6, 6-1, 7-5.

    James Li moved up to the No. 1 position and faced Swanson, but went down 6-1, 6-2, as Raa competed at No. 2 with Tenzer, dropping a 6-4, 6-2 decision.  Reifer additionally fell at No. 3 to Finkenbrink, 6-0, 6-1.

    The Flames return to competition on Saturday, April 7, when they face Detroit on the road at 5 p.m. (CT) at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield, Mich.


    Green Bay 6, UIC 1
    Doubles:

    1. Raa/Kamath (UIC) def. Goepper/Tenzer (UWGB) – 8-5
    2. Cox/Finkenbrink (UWGB) def. Feoli/Reifer (UIC) – 8-4
    3. Shepardson/Kirk (UIC) def. Tebon/Swanson (UWGB) – 9-8 (8)

    Singles:
    1. Paul Swanson (UWGB) def. James Li (UIC) – 6-1, 6-2
    2. Michael Tenzer (UWGB) def. Alexander Raa (UIC) – 6-4, 6-2
    3. Erik Finkenbrink (UWGB) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) – 6-0, 6-1
    4. Felix Goepper (UWGB) def. Maurizio Feoli (UIC) – 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
    5. Craig Cox (UWGB) def. Nate Kirk (UIC) – 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
    6. Christoph Hopfe (UWGB) def. Rahul Kamath (UIC) – 0-6, 6-1, 7-5