HOUGHTON - The Michigan Tech men's tennis team dropped its second consecutive tight decision at Gates Tennis Center Sunday. Ferris State edged the Huskies 5-4 in a match that could have gone either way.
For the second straight day, Tech led 2-1 after doubles. Today, it was the Huskies' Nos. 1 and 3 pairs getting wins. Felipe Dos Santos and Pedro Rodriguez earned an 8-6 victory at No. 1 while Built Yumuang and Nick Kremkow prevailed 8-4 at No. 3.
FSU (4-11, 3-2 GLIAC) grabbed a 4-2 lead with wins in the first three singles matches completed. Dos Santos fell to Laurent Galarneau 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1. Rodriguez and Yumuang both lost first-set tiebreakers in straight set losses at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
Jimmy Konarske of Michigan Tech reaches for a shot during Saturday’s GLIAC?match against Grand Valley State at Gates Tennis Center. The Huskies dropped a 6-3 decision and fell 5-4 to Ferris State Sunday. (DMG photo by David Archambeau)
Javier Oliveros gave the Black and Gold a chance at the team win with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 triumph at No. 2 singles.
Kremkow was two points from a crucial break in the second set of his No. 5 singles match but couldn't get it. He fell 6-2, 6-4, and the Bulldogs earned the team victory.
Jimmy Konarske rounded out the match with a 7-6 (10), 6-2 win at No. 6 singles.
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"We feel like this is one we should have had," said Tech coach Kevin Kalinec. "Our doubles was good, but we've got to figure out a way to carry it over into singles."
Tech fell to Grand Valley State 6-3 Saturday. The Huskies won two of the three doubles flights but only one of six singles matches on the day.
Dos Santos and Rodriguez notched an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles. Oliveros and Konarske also won at No. 2 with a 9-7 score. GVSU claimed the No. 3 flight by an 8-5 count.
In singles, Konarske was the only Husky to prevail. He took a pair of tiebreakers with 7-3 scores for a 7-6, 7-6 triumph at No. 6.
Rodriguez went three sets at No. 3 singles, but lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. The Lakers won the other four flights via straight sets.
Tech (8-4)?will be at Wayne State and Northwood next weekend. Matches are Saturday at 1 p.m. in Detroit and Sunday at 10 a.m. in Midland.