HILTON HEAD, S.C. (WLUC) – The Michigan Tech men's tennis team suffered a 7-0 non-conference loss to Illinois-Springfield on day two of the Spring Tennis Fest held in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Huskies opened their spring break trip with a 4-3 win on Sunday against Kutztown.
Michigan Tech (1-4) struggled to get a foothold in the match as Illinois-Springfield (7-2) managed to win all three doubles contests. Senior Mario Neto and freshman Siddhesh Mahadeshwar fell in the No. 1 spot to Sam Clarke and Tommy Martinez 6-1. Sophomore Nico Caviglia and sophomore Ignacio Carbajosa lost 6-2 to Logan Burgess Hayes and Menno Servaes in No. 2 doubles and Alex Chan and Oscar Toro got past senior Juan Felipe Chica and freshman Nathan Sodini 6-1 in No. 3 doubles.
Trailing 1-0 going into singles competition, the Huskies were unfortunately unable to make up any ground. Clarke and Neto matched up in No. 1 singles with Clarke scoring a 6-1, 6-1 decision in the match. Cavigilia fell to Martinez 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles while Hayes got past Carbajosa 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
Mahadeshwar suffered a 6-2, 6-1 setback to Chan in No. 4 singles and in No. 5 singles Felipe Chica made some solid shots early, but ended up falling in two sets to Toro 6-3, 6-0. Sodini battled Matthew Lapsley in No. 6 singles, striking early for points in each set before falling 6-2, 6-2.
The Huskies have Tuesday off before returning to the court Wednesday morning to take on Shepherd. The first serve is slated for 9:00 a.m. eastern time.