Men's Tennis Downs UW-Green Bay, 5-2, To Clinch Third In Horizon League
April 18, 2005
Green Bay, Wis.- The past two seasons UW-Green Bay has served as a road block to the UIC men's tennis team.
The two teams have met in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals in 2003 and 2004, with the Flames coming up just short in consecutive 4-3 defeats.
If Friday is any indication, 2005 will be a whole different story.
The Flames clinched the third seed in this year's Horizon League Tournament with a huge 5-2 victory over UW-Green Bay at the Western Racquet Club in their regular season finale on Friday afternoon.
UIC (12-7, 3-2 Horizon League) captured a huge doubles point in the early going of the match to take the lead, thanks in large part to James Wonneberg. Severe migraines forced freshman phenom Eric Fey to sit out the No. 3 doubles match, so Wonneberg jumped in to team with Paul Glendenning to face Tyler Dorn and Scott Dickert. The senior captain was clutch in the crunch as the duo pulled off the decisive 8-3 victory.
The Flames put the match away with four convincing singles wins. Ivan Kovalev ran his record to 14-5 in dual match play and a team-best 18-8 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jarett Cascino. Kovalev now has the second-most single-season wins in UIC history, tying with Ansel Bizarra (1999) and all-time career wins leader Nick Bodmer (2000).
Fey came back from the nagging headaches to gut out a singles match against Mark Goldin but fell short.
Friday's win over the Phoenix marked the Flames' first win over UW-Green Bay under UIC head coach Hans Neufeld and the school's first win over their league rivals from Green Bay since a 4-3 win on April 24, 1998.
The Flames now head for the 2005 Horizon League Tournament. The tournament begins Saturday, April 23rd and will be held at North Central High in Indianapolis, Ind.
UIC 5, UW-Green Bay 2