Penguins Defeat Green Bay For First Time; Set School HL Mark

Thomas Rodrigues
Thomas Rodrigues

Green Bay, Wis - The Youngstown State men's tennis team defeated Green Bay for the first time in the program's history with a 4-3 win over the Phoenix on Saturday afternoon. The Penguins picked up their fifth Horizon League win of the year, a school record.

The Penguins (17-7) and 5-2 and never defeated the Phoenix since the programs first met back in 2002. Green Bay falls to 7-9 and 4-2 and close out the regular-season on Sunday vs. Green Bay.

YSU's five Horizon League victories are the most in school history after winning four on three occasions. The 17 total wins this season is also a school record.

The Guins won the doubles point to put the pressure on Green Bay. At No. 1, Mitch Maroscher and Thomas Rodrigues won 6-3 while at No. 2, Danylo Veremeichuk and Joao Garretto also won 6-3.

In singles, Veremeichuk opened things up on a strong note for the Penguins with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Matej Kostadinov at No. 2. Green Bay won at No. 6 by a 6-2, 6-4 score to get within 2-1.

The Penguins claimed the next point with a win by Garretto at No. 4 over Miles McDowell. Garretto won 6-4 and took a 7-6 tiebreaker on the strength on an 11-9 win.

Green Bay crept within 3-2 with two final matches - Marsocher and Rodrigues in third-set 7-6 tiebreakers.

Rodrigues was the first win clinching the match at No. 3. He won the first set 6-3 before dropping the second to Josh Schramm 6-3. In the third set, Rodrigues earned the 7-6 win by taking the tiebreaker 7-5.

The Penguins play at Marquette on Sunday to close out the regular season.