HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech men's and women's tennis programs along with Head Coach Kevin Kalinec recently announced the 2017-18 team awards. On the women's side, Ivona Gorgioski was selected as the Most Valuable Player while Mario Neto was named the MVP for the men's team for the second straight season.
Gorgioski, who hails from Royal Oak, Michigan, finished the season with a record of 9-4 in singles competition while notching seven wins in doubles contests. She anchored the Huskies' lineup in number one and number two singles throughout the season. Gorgioski began her collegiate career with six straight singles victories. Gorgioski was also chosen as the GLIAC Freshman of the Year and named to the All-GLIAC First Team. Her GLIAC record was 7-2 with two non-conference wins added in for the total of nine in the win column.
Neto, who hails from Santos, Brazil, guided the Huskies in both singles and doubles competition this season. Neto notched five singles victories and added three doubles wins during the 2018 campaign. Neto went unbeaten at 3-0 in No. 2 singles and recorded two wins in the No. 1 singles spot in the lineup. Neto was an All-GLIAC Honorable Mention selection following the season after garnering honorable mention accolades at the conclusion of the 2016-17 campaign.
Anabella Neri was picked as the Most Improved Player for the Tech women's team in 2017-18. Neri, a sophomore from Caracas, Venezuela, compiled eight singles wins and combined for 10 wins in doubles competition. Neri will be a key member in Tech's lineup for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
The Most Improved Player for the men's team in 2017-18 is Juan Felipe Chica. Chica, a junior from Manizales, Colombia competed hard in each of his matches and continued to fine tune his game throughout the season. Chica picked up a key win against the University of Charleston on the annual spring break trip.
Sandra Cvetanovic was this year's Scholastic Achievement Award winner for the women's team. Cvetanovic, from Johannesburg, South Africa, led the team in victories this season with an overall record of 11-7. She mainly played in the No. 3 spot where she went 7-3 before moving up to No. 2 and No.1 singles late in the season. In doubles, Cvetanovic paired up with both Paola Quintana and Natalia Parra Alvarez this season and had nine combined victories. Cvetanovic is an Electrical Engineering major and carries a 3.95 GPA. She was also an All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team selection for her play on the court this year.
Illiya Chibirev was the Scholastic Achievement Award winner for the men's team in 2017-18. Chibirev, a senior from Calgary, Alberta, notched a key victory in singles competition against Purdue Northwest in the Gates Tennis Center. Chibirev is an Applied Math/Physics major and holds a 3.78 GPA.
The Huskies have now turned their attention to getting ready for the 2018-19 season which will open this coming fall.