HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech women's tennis team recorded a key 5-2 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saturday afternoon in the home opener against Northwood. The Huskies used a strong start in doubles to propel them past the Timberwolves, taking all three doubles matches followed by four of the six singles competitions.
"It was great to see the team bounce back and play well against a very good Northwood team," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Kalinec said. "In doubles, we played exceptionally well and although we struggled at times in singles it was great to see us persevere for a win. Ivona [Gorgioski] played extremely well and that was really good to see. Her come from behind win in No. 1 singles really gave our team a boost and the momentum needed to close out the match strong.
"We play Saginaw Valley State next which is another very solid team that is well coached and competes hard in every match. We are going to have to play even better tomorrow in order to come away with a victory."
Junior Ivona Gorgioski and sophomore Jessica Brown powered out of the gate in No 1. doubles with a 6-0 shutout win over Kate Berestovenko and Ekaterina Vorobeva. Freshmen Dominika Bobik and Lauren Opalewski also turned in a solid doubles performance for Michigan Tech (3-1, 3-1 GLIAC) in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, defeating Vasilisa Mikhaylova and Elizaveta Velichko of Northwood (2-3, 2-3 GLIAC) 6-2. Freshman Neva Manas and sophomore Samantha Johnson completed the doubles sweep for the Huskies with a 6-3 decision over Iryna Trystan and Paula John.
Gorgioski was paired up with Berestovenko in No. 1 singles and prevailed in three sets 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. Gorgioski made some great adjustments following a slow start in the first set to dominate the second and third sets on the way to a crucial point for the Huskies. It helped provide a big spark for Tech in the match.
Bobik cruised to a 6-1 win over Vorobeva in set one of No. 3 singles and then held on in set two for a 7-6 victory to get the point. Brown went toe to toe with Velichko in both her sets of No. 2 singles. Brown prevailed in each by the scores of 6-4, 6-4 for a critical point in the match. Sophomore Mirna Golac notched the other singles win for the Huskies on Saturday, defeating Paula John 6-3 in the first set followed by a 7-6 win in the second set. Mikhaylova and Vorobeva recorded the two points for the Timberwolves in Saturday's match in No. 4 and No. 5 singles respectively.
The Huskies are back on the court at Gates Tennis Center Sunday when they host Saginaw Valley State in another GLIAC contest. The first serve is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. eastern time.