BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Michigan Tech women's tennis team kicked off its 2016 season with a 5-4 victory over Ferris State on Friday (Sept. 9) afternoon. The Huskies won 2-of-3 doubles matches and 3-of-6 singles.
"It was a marathon match today that went almost six hours," Tech coach Kevin Kalinec said. "I was a little nervous about playing outdoors, but we responded well. Our freshmen surprised me a bit and really settled in to their matches to pick up some key wins."
Kwang Suthijindawong returned to the lineup after sitting out last season with a wrist injury, winning both of her matches. She once again teamed up with Sandra Cvetanovic taking their No. 1 doubles match 8-5. In singles, Suthijindawong kept her GLIAC unbeaten streak alive with a pair of 6-1 wins over FSU's No. 1 Teodora Stefanovic.
"Kwang didn't have a great preseason, but she really turned it on when it mattered most today and took down a Division I transfer," Kalinec added. "It's great to have her back so that everyone bumps down in our lineup and can play in their correct positions."
In her first appearance as a Husky, Paola Quintana won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Natalia Parra Alvarez was the third Tech player to win her singles match, beating her opponent in three (7-6, 5-7, 6-3) in the No. 6 slot to clinch the victory for the Black and Gold.
Tech continues its opening weekend at Grand Valley State on Saturday (Sept. 10) at 10 a.m.