UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. — Michigan Tech lost a pair of 5-4 decisions on its road trip to Saginaw Valley this weekend. The Huskies were edged by Saginaw Valley State on Friday (Oct. 12) and Lake Superior State on Saturday (Oct. 13).
In Friday's match, Tech and SVSU split the six singles matches with the Huskies winning at Nos. 1-3 and the Cardinals claiming Nos. 4-6. That meant that the team match was decided by doubles. Kwang Suthijindawong and Kira Eck won 8-0 at No. 2, but SVSU earned an 8-2 victory at No. 1. The Huskies appeared to be in control of the No. 3 doubles match as Erika Tenizbaeva and Chelsea Uganski held a 6-2 lead. The Cardinal duo won six straight games to take the match, however.
On Saturday, Tech grabbed two of the three doubles matches, but only won two singles flights. Natalia Lebedeva and Kwang Suthijindawong were straight set winners at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. The Huskies had chances to win at both Nos. 4 and 6 singles as both matches went into a third set. Super tiebreakers were played in lieu of third sets because of time constraints at the indoor facility. LSSU claimed both those matches and the team win.
Suthijindawong remained perfect on the season in singles with two wins to run her overall record to 13-0. Lebedeva is an impressive 14-2 playing against the best players in the league at No. 1.
Michigan Tech comes home to face GLIAC-leading Northwood on Saturday in the Huskies' fall regular season finale on Saturday (Oct. 20).