Tech tennis fifth in GLIAC

MIDLAND, Mich. – The Michigan Tech men’s tennis team wrapped up its 2013 season with a 5-0 victory over Grand Valley State Sunday in the fifth-place match of the GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies finished the year with a 17-9 overall record.

Tech swept doubles for the second straight day at the tournament. Javier Oliveros and Built Yumuang earned an 8-2 victory at No. 2 doubles while Andrew Kremkow and Jimmy Konarske paired for an identical win at No. 3. At No. 1 doubles, Felipe Dos Santos and Pedro Rodriguez fought off double match point down 7-3, then won six straight games for a 9-7 decision.

The momentum carried into singles where Rodriguez and Konarske cruised to straight-set wins at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively. Rodriguez won by a 6-1, 6-1 score to finish the season with Tech’s best record at 20-5. Konarske was a 6-2, 6-0 victor. The other four singles matches were left unfinished.

With the 5-0 win over the Lakers, the Huskies defeated another team it had lost to in the regular season. GVSU topped Tech 5-4 in Allendale back on Mar. 23. Tech exacted revenge on Tiffin Saturday.

“The weekend was a little bittersweet,” said Tech coach Kevin Kalinec. “We would have liked to beat Wayne on Friday to finish in the top four, but we got two wins over teams we lost to earlier in the season and finished fifth. Overall, it was a good weekend and a season that we can build on for the future.”

The lone senior on the team is Andrew Kremkow, who played to a 13-12 doubles record and 2-2 singles record in 2013.

Michigan Tech’s 17 wins were the most for the program since 2003.

The Huskies defeated Tiffin 5-1 Saturday to advance to the fifth-place match.

Just one week after falling to the Dragons in a regular season match at Tiffin, Michigan Tech reversed its fortunes. The Black and Gold swept doubles play and won two of the first three singles matches to finish.

The big change from a week ago was doubles. Tiffin had won all three flights on April 13 in a 6-3 victory. Despite all three matchups being the same, the Huskies won all three points Saturday.

Dos Santos and Rodriguez were 8-4 winners at No. 1 doubles. The duos of Oliveros/Yumuang and Konarske/Kremkow both claimed 8-6 victories at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

Dos Santos continued his undefeated weekend with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph at No. 1 singles. After Tiffin picked up its first team point with a win at No. 4 singles, Konarske polished off the Huskies’ win with a 6-4, 6-0 decision at No. 6.

“Doubles was the difference today,” said Kalinec. “Tiffin battled back at both No. 2 and 3 doubles, but we were able to put away both and carry that momentum into singles.”

Wayne State defeated Michigan Tech 5-2 in the opening round Friday.

Tech defeated the Warriors in Houghton by a 5-4 on March 30. The Huskies won all three doubles points in that match. They managed just one of the three yesterday.

The No. 1 pairing of Dos Santos and Rodriguez earned an 8-6 victory for Tech. Wayne State won both Nos. 2 and 3 doubles by scores of 9-7 and 8-3, respectively.

Michigan Tech remained in the hunt for a team win in singles as Dos Santos earned a 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 1. The Warriors claimed straight set wins at Nos. 2 and 5 to take a 4-2 lead. The decisive point came at No. 3 singles, where Yumuang fought to a third set before falling 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.