MIDLAND, Mich. - Michigan Tech's 2014 men's tennis season came to an end Sunday with a 5-4 loss to Grand Valley State in the fifth-place match at the GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies, who entered as the eighth seed, finished sixth in the tournament and 10-11 overall on the season.
Like so many this season, Sunday's tilt wasn't decided until the final match had finished.
Tech's top two doubles teams completed a 3-0 weekend. Felipe Dos Santos and Pedro Rodriguez earned an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles. Javier Oliveros and Jimmy Konarske added a 9-7 win at No. 2.
The Huskies led 2-1 after doubles.
Grand Valley State earned straight set wins at Nos. 1, 2 and 5 while Konarske claimed a 6-4, 6-4 triumph at No. 6, leaving the team score favoring the Lakers 4-3.
Built Yumuang claimed a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory at No. 4 to tie the team score at 4-all. The final match on the courts was at No. 3 singles. Billy Heckman outlasted Rodriguez 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2) to decide the team match.
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"It was a heck of a match today," said coach Tech Kevin Kalinec. "Every point was a battle. The guys really played good tennis all weekend, and I'm proud of how we finished the season."
Tech split its opening two matches at Midland Community Tennis Center. The Huskies lost to top-seeded Northwood 5-2 Friday night before defeating Tiffin 5-4 Saturday.
After another win for 20-time defending champion Northwood, the GLIAC Tournament did not go according to seed, with No. 7 Findlay advancing to the championship and the seventh-place match featuring the Nos. 2 and 5 seeds.
Tech couldn't pull the upset in round 1 despite a 2-1 lead after doubles. Dos Santos and Rodriguez, who are the region's top-ranked doubles team, earned an 8-3 win at No. 1. Oliveros and Konarske were also victorious for the Huskies with an 8-5 decision at No. 2.
Northwood claimed the No. 3 doubles point as well as the first four singles matches completed to end the match. Nick Kremkow had the closest of the matches with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 loss at No. 5.
Michigan Tech regrouped for a big win over fifth-seeded Tiffin, exacting a little revenge from a 5-4 loss to the Dragons just two weeks ago. The teams are so evenly matched that despite having the exact same matchups at every position, five of the nine flights had different results from the April 13 meeting.
The Black and Gold again grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles thanks to their top two flights earning victories.
The Huskies then managed to split the singles matches, winning all three of the two-set matches and losing three three-set affairs. Oliveros was a 6-2, 6-3 winner at No. 2; Rodriguez was a 6-3, 6-4 victor at No. 3; and Kremkow came out on top 7-5, 6-4 at No. 5.