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1-2 weekend for Tech tennis

October 8, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

FINDLAY, Ohio - The Michigan Tech women's tennis team stopped a six-match losing streak with a 6-3 victory at Findlay Saturday as part of a 1-2 weekend in GLIAC play. The Huskies, who won their first six matches of the season before losing six straight are now 7-7 overall and 4-7 in league play with the win.

Saturday, Tech led 2-1 after doubles and claimed four of the six singles flights.

Natalia Lebedeva, Dunja Imran Al-Sous and Chelsea Uganski were all double winners for the Black and Gold, winning at both singles and doubles. Lebedeva and Imran Al-Sous paired for an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles. Uganski was part of an victorious No. 3 doubles squad 8-5.

All three players won their singles matches in straight sets.

Erika Tenizbaeva accounted for the other team point with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 4 singles.

Michigan Tech dropped its final match of a three-match road trip 7-2 at Wayne State Sunday. The Huskies were defeated by a Warrior team that is currently second in the GLIAC standings at 10-1 (10-1 overall).

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Tech's two points came from Nos. 1 and 6 singles. Lebedeva posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 1 to move her record to 12-2. Imran Al-Sous gained a win at No. 6 for the Huskies with a 6-3, 6-3 score.

All four of the other singles flights were decided by straight set scores in favor of WSU. The hosts also claimed each of the doubles flights (8-4 at No. 1 and 8-3 at both Nos. 2 and 3).

"Natalia and Dunja both played great today," said Tech coach Kevin Kalinec. "The rest of our team played really well, too. We were just a little overmatched by a good Wayne State squad."

Tech, playing without the services of undefeated No. 2 singles player Kwang Suthijindawong due to injury, fell at Hillsdale 6-3 Friday. The Huskies not only played shorthanded, but battled a two-hour rain delay and change of venue in the match.

Tech trailed 4-3 at Hillsdale's on-campus outdoor courts when rain hit, forcing the match to be moved to an indoor facility in Toledo, Ohio. The host Chargers won each of the final two matches including a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory by Brittany Parks over Lebedeva at No. 1 singles. The No. 4 singles match was also decided indoors, with Hillsdale's Lindsay Pierce defeating Tenizbaeva 6-2, 6-3.

"It was a long day," said Kalinec. "We obviously missed having Kwang, but still had our chances to win the match."

Suthijindawong, who is 11-0 in singles and 9-2 in doubles in 2012-13, did not make the trip.

In a reverse of the norm so far this season, Michigan Tech's team points came from the bottom of its lineup. The No. 3 doubles duo of Kira Eck and Chelsea Uganski earned a 9-7 victory at No. 3 doubles. Uganski also won at No. 5 singles 7-5, 6-2. Imran Al-Sous posted a 6-3, 6-1 triumph at No. 6 singles.

Michigan Tech will be back in action at Saginaw Valley State next Friday.

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