MIDLAND, Mich. — No. 21-ranked Northwood snapped Michigan Tech\’s five-match winning streak in men\’s tennis today with an 8-1 score. The match was the make-up of a Mar. 24 meeting that was postponed because of weather/travel issues.
Tech turned in a solid showing in doubles, but could not take a match from the Timberwolves. The Huskies\’ top pair of Luka Stupar and Doug Yossida lost by just a break, 8-6. NU won the other two doubles flights by 8-3 scores.
James Konarkse was the only Husky to win his first set in singles, but he couldn\’t hold on in a 4-6, 6-2, 10-2 decision at No. 4.
Stupar lost his first set at No. 1, but prevailed in a third-set super tiebreaker 1-6, 6-1, 11-9 to provide Tech its only team point of the match.
\”We started our singles slowly and that did not help,\” said head coach Mike Axford. \”We all played better second sets, and it was nice to see Luka pull his match out.
\”We want to use this match to be ready to play tomorrow.\”
Michigan Tech will take a 9-8 overall record and 5-4 GLIAC slate into the GLIAC Tournament which begins tomorrow in Midland. The fifth-seeded Huskies will face No. 4-seeded Ferris State in their opening round match at 7 p.m.
Northwood (12-4, 9-0 GLIAC) will be the top-seeded team in the tournament. Wayne State (No. 2), Grand Valley State (No. 3), Lake Superior State (No. 6), Findlay (No. 7) and Tiffin (No. 8) are the other teams playing in the event.