Huskies tennis season comes to an end

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies men’s tennis season came to an end on Saturday with a tough 7-0 loss to the Wayne State Warriors at the Gates Tennis Center.

With the defeat, the Huskies ended the year at 2-13 overall and 0-8 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.

In a brief pregame ceremony, the Huskies said goodbye to their two seniors, Mario Neto and Juan Felipe Chica. According to head coach Kevin Kalinec, the two will be dearly missed.

“They’ve been great leaders all four years,” he said. “They’ve given 100 percent every time they stepped onto the court, whether that was in practice or in matches. It has been a pleasure to have them on the team.”

In the No. 1 doubles action, MTU’s Neto and Siddesh Mahadeshwar faced Wayne State’s Griffin Mertz and Taylor Vane. Despite a valiant effort, the duo fell, 6-4, to the visitors.

In No. 2 doubles, the Huskies’ Nicolas Caviglia and Ignacio Carbajosa lost 6-1 to Niklos Karcz and Pierre Renaudie while Chica and Harry Becht fell 6-0 in No. 3 doubles to Wayne State’s Derek Sammons and David Solar.

After winning the opening point in doubles, the Warriors (16-3 overall, 6-0 GLIAC) went on to sweep all six singles’ matches as well.

In No. 1 play, Neto battled hard against Karcz with a number of long volleys throughout the match. However, Karcz’s consistency on the court proved to be better as he defeated Neto, 6-2, 6-1.

In No. 2 action, Wayne State’s Renaudie outplayed Caviglia, 6-2, 6-1.

In No. 3 singles, Carbajosa fell to Vane, 6-0, 6-1, while Mahadeshwar lost to Mertz in No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-1.

In No. 5 singles, the Warriors’ Max Rink defeated Chica, 6-0, 6-0, and Becht almost forced a third set in No. 6 singles, but lost to Sammons 6-1 and 7-6 in two.

Kalinec was pleased with his team’s final performance despite the loss.

“Credit goes to Wayne State,” he said. “They are a very good team. It was fun playing them.

“The effort was there. I have no issues in the way in which we played.”

He added that his team has improved a lot since their season started several months ago.

“We have made strides this year, and we are better than we are the last two years,” he said. “We are headed in the right direction.”