HILTON HEAD S.C. – The Michigan Tech men's tennis team kicked off the spring portion of the 2017 schedule on Monday morning, falling to Davis & Elkins 7-2. It was the first competition for the men since the ITA Regionals and Bulldog Invitational back in September.
Michigan Tech (0-1) was powered by the play of Illiya Chibirev who notched a singles win on final scores of 6-4 and 6-1 against Samuel Vallieres of Davis & Elkins in the No. 4 spot. The Huskies' other point on Monday was generated via a doubles win by Ricardo Paes and Jacob Prochnow against Samuel Vallieres and Matthew Alexander of Davis & Elkins.
The Huskies will be back on the courts Tuesday in Hilton Head when they battle Catawba during day two of the spring trip.
1. Ivan Bonderanko (D&E) d. Mario Neto 6-3, 6-3
2. Tare Mariga (D&E) d. Juan Felipe Chica 6-2, 6-2
3. Jack Clifton (D&E) d. Ricardo Paes 7-6 (4), 2-6, 10-4
4. Illiya Chibirev (MTU) d. Samuel Vallieres 6-4, 6-1
5. Matthew Alexander (D&E) d. Tayler Bethke 6-2, 20-18, 4-10
6. Tristram Spitsnaugle (D&E) d. Jacob Prochnow 6-1, 6-3
1. Bonderanko/Mariga (D&E) d. Netto/Chica 8-1
2. Paes/Prochnow (MTU) d. Vallieres/Alexander 8-5
3. Clifton/ Spitsnaugle (D&E) d. Chibirev/Bethke 8-2