Tech tennis wins big one with Wayne

HOUGHTON – The Michigan Tech men’s tennis team earned an important 5-4 victory over Wayne State Saturday at Gates Tennis Center. The Huskies swept doubles, then claimed two singles points to improve to 13-6 overall and 4-3 in the GLIAC. The Warriors (7-5, 4-1 GLIAC) suffered their first league loss.

There were close matches on nearly every court. It started with doubles, where Felipe Dos Santos and Pedro Rodriguez were down 7-5 in their pro set at No. 1 before rattling off four straight games to claim a 9-7 decision. The Huskies went on to claim all three doubles points with an 8-4 win at No. 2 and an 8-5 win at No. 3.

Dos Santos cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles to make the team score 4-0 in favor of the Black and Gold. The fifth team point was more difficult to come by.

Rodriguez had two match points in a second set tiebreaker, but ended up falling 10-8 and going to a third set. Meanwhile, Thomas Durcret defeated Built Yumuang 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 to give the Warriors their first team point.

At No. 2 singles, Javier Oliveros won his first set 6-4, but fell 7-5 in the second, sending his match to a decisive third set.

Tech maintained a 4-1 lead in the team score but all four remaining matches on the courts could have gone either way. Only one did go in favor of the Huskies. Rodriguez dominated his third set for a 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-0 victory.

Oliveros fell 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2. Nick Kremkow forced a third-set tiebreaker in his match before falling 6-2, 6-7 (7), 10-6. WSU closed out the day with a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles.

“This was our biggest win of the season,” said Tech coach Kevin Kalinec. “Wayne is a good team, and we knew doubles was going to be important. We worked hard on doubles all week and it really paid off.”

Michigan Tech will host Lake Superior State next Saturday at 10 a.m.