This past weekend, the Michigan Tech Men’s Tennis team traveled to Romeoville, Ill., for a set of nonconference matches against Lewis University and Olivet Nazarene. The Huskies fell 3-6 for the first time this season to Lewis but were able to recover a 5-3 win against Olivet Nazarene.
A split over the weekend advances the Huskies’ overall record to 9-1. The Huskies still stand undefeated in the GLIAC with a 3-0 conference record.
The tone for Friday’s (February 22) match against Lewis was set early on after the Huskies were defeated 0-3 in doubles play. The Flyers managed to upset the Huskies 8-1, 8-2, and 8-5 at Nos. 1-3. This was the first time all season that the Huskies were swept in doubles.
In singles, the Huskies were able to recover three points after splitting the six flights. Pedro Rodriguez earned the Huskies’ first point of the day at No. 4. After losing the first set 3-6, he was able to come back and win the second 6-4. A tiebreaker decision ended in favor of Rodriguez by winning the third set 10-8. Nick Kremkow at No. 5 and Jimmy Konarske at No. 6 rounded off the Huskies’ three points. Kremkow won 7-6, 6-2, and Konarske won 6-1, 6-4.
While the first loss is a bitter pill to swallow, the Huskies were up against a fairly high-ranked team. Lewis stands ranked 33rd in the nation and fourth overall in the region.
Saturday (February 23), a 5-3 decision in favor of the Huskies over Olivet Nazarene set the Huskies back on a winning streak. The match opened with the Huskies leading 2-0 after doubles play.
No. 1 duo Felipe dos Santos and Pedro Rodriguez fell for the second straight day by a score of 1-8. Javier Oliveros/Built Yumuang at No. 2 and Jimmy Konarske/Andrew Kremkow at No. 3 both recovered from Friday’s upset, winning their matches 9-7 and 8-3, respectively.
The Huskies went on to win the match after earning three points in singles. No. 4 Pedro Rodriguez claimed a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Shortly after, the Huskies fell at Nos. 1 and 2, making the all-around team score tied at three all.
No. 5 Nick Kremkow pulled the Huskies ahead after a 6-4, 6-2 decision. Meanwhile at No. 3, Built Yumuang played through a late tiebreaker in the third set. After Yumuang claimed a 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 victory, the Huskies had won the match 5-3. No. 6 Jimmy Konarske was leading 6-4, 3-1 but did not finish once the team match was decided.
After the split weekend, only two Huskies remain undefeated. Pedro Rodriguez and Nick Kremkow are both 10-0 in singles after ten matches.
The Huskies will be back in GLIAC action this Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. in Houghton at the Gates Tennis Center to take on Northwood University. So far this season, Northwood has posted an undefeated 2-0 GLIAC record, 2-0 overall.