SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Lake Superior State clinched a spot in the 2019 GLIAC Men's Tennis Tournament with a 5-2 win over Ashland on Saturday at the Arbuckle Student Activity Center.
It is the first time that Lake Superior State (6-6, 4-3 GLIAC) has made the GLIAC Men's Tennis Tournament since the 2009-10 season.
In doubles play, the Lakers won two out of three matches to secure the doubles point. The No. 1 doubles pairing of junior captain Joe Gilman and freshman Krishan Taneja won 7-5. The No. 2 doubles team of sophomore Diego Penz and senior Luis Valderrama fell 6-2, but the No. 3 doubles pairing of freshmen Harris Irfan ul Haq and Ali Sahibzada continued their dominance this season in doubles — recording a 7-6 (3) victory to earn the Lakers the doubles point.
In singles play, the Lakers won four of the six matches to garner the 5-2 team victory. At No. 1 singles, Gilman fell 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Sahibzada fell 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles, but Taneja picked up a win at No. 3 singles with a score of 6-3, 6-3. Valderrama won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4 singles and Penz cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles to clinch the match for the Lakers and secure a spot in the 2019 GLIAC Men's Tennis Tournament. Irfan ul Haq rounded out the Lakers' lineup — winning 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 at No. 6 singles.
Lake Superior State hosts Wayne State for its final regular-season match at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Arbuckle Student Activity Center. Admission is free of charge.
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Watch head coach Luke Ogren's post-match interview below.