Kalenic named GLIAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year

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MIDLAND, Mi. The Michigan Tech women's tennis team had four players earn All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors and Head Coach Kevin Kalinec was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year, announced Friday evening by the conference office. Sophomore Ivona Gorgioskiand freshman Jessica Brown were selected to the first team, freshman Samantha Johnson was picked for the second team, and senior Vicky Quinde was an honorable mention selection.

Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Kalinec has guided the Huskies to one of the best starts in program history. Tech enters the GLIAC Tournament with an 8-2 overall record and the team is 7-2 against conference opponents. It's the best record in the conference since the 2009-10 campaign, when the Huskies advanced to the GLIAC Tournament Championship match. The Huskies own the No. 3 seed in this year's tournament, the highest since the 2009 GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies have three players with 10 or more singles wins and two more with nine wins going into the tournament. In addition, freshman Jessica Brown was named the GLIAC Player of the Week earlier this year.

Gorgioski, who hails from Royal Oak, Michigan, and Brown from Midland. Michigan, have anchored the top of the lineup in both doubles and singles matches this season. Gorgioski comes into the GLIAC Tournament with an overall singles record of 10-3 and is 8-2 as the No. 1 singles player. Gorgioski added two more wins in the ITA Regional Tournament earlier this fall. In doubles, Gorgioski and Brown have an overall record of 9-2 in doubles, with a 9-1 mark in the No. 1 spot during dual matches.

Brown has played in the No. 2 singles spot all season and boasts an overall record of 11-3 to pace the Huskies in wins. Brown was 3-1 at the ITA Regional Tournament advancing to the "A" singles quarterfinals. Brown was named the GLIAC Player of the Week on September 25th after guiding the Huskies to key conference wins over Ashland and Wayne State.

Johnson, from Boksburg, South Africa, has turned in an outstanding freshman season as well, landing a spot on the All-GLIAC second team. Johnson has reached double digit singles wins on the strength of a 10-3 overall record so far in 2018. Johnson is 8-2 in No. 3 singles and won two out of three contests at the ITA Regional Tournament earlier this fall. Johnson and Quinde have been paired up in No. 2 doubles, with the duo recording an overall record of 8-4.

Quinde, who hails from Cuenca, Ecuador, has had a great senior season as evidenced by a record of 9-4. Her mark in the No. 4 singles spot is 7-3 and earlier in the fall she tacked on two victories at the ITA Regional Tournament. She has claimed victories in three straight singles matches coming into the GLIAC Tournament Friday.