(Fort Wayne, Ind.) – Kansas City men’s tennis made it a Championship three-peat on Saturday in Fort Wayne, Indiana, sweeping its way to another Summit League title over IUPUI, 4-0. UMKC earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year as well.
The ‘Roos (13-10), seeded No. 1 after their fourth consecutive regular season crown, dominated doubles play. They got wins at No. 1 and No. 2 by 8-4 margins to claim the 1-0 lead going into singles action. IUPUI (5-19) won the doubles point in the regular season meeting, but UMKC won that contest 4-3.
The ‘Roos were a different team on Saturday though, even without the injured Tomas Patino. They were focused from the start, and took that momentum into singles play, winning the first set in all six contests. No. 6 player Conner Edwards was the first to finish, making it 2-0 after a straight set win. Andrey Smirnov was next at No. 4, taking another sweep.
That set the stage for senior Grant Fleming at the No. 3 position. He finished off a 6-1, 6-1 victory, breaking IUPUI for the dual win as the rest of the ‘Roos came running in from all the other courts for the traditional celebration.
Fleming also registered his 19th win of the season, breaking the school record for wins in a year, held by Serge Ristivojevic. The five UMKC seniors closed out their careers with three-straight tournament crowns and four consecutive regular season titles.
“Quality guys, that’s all I can say,” Hale said of his seniors. “They have more heart than I’ve ever had on any team and it’s just amazing to work with those guys.”
Kansas City will await word from the NCAA next week on where it will go for the national tournament.
Kansas City 4, IUPUI 0
Apr 27, 2013 at Fort Wayne, Ind. (Dr. Rudy and Rhonda Kachmann Tennis Cent)
|1. Nino Hasandedic (UMKC) vs. Jason Jaruvang (IUPUI) 6-4, 2-4, unfinished|
|2. Abdul Alawadhi (UMKC) vs. Nick Volz (IUPUI) 6-1, 2-6, 0-1, unfinished|
|3. Grant Fleming (UMKC) def. Jake Hedderig (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-1|
|4. Andrey Smirnov (UMKC) def. Deon Shafer (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-1|
|5. Tim Akhmedov (UMKC) vs. Thomas Gans (IUPUI) 6-2, 4-6, 0-2, unfinished|
|6. Conner Edwards (UMKC) def. Armaan Choudhary (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-1|
|1. Grant Fleming/Abdul Alawadhi (UMKC) def. Nick Volz/Jacob Bradley (IUPUI) 8-4|
|2. Conner Edwards/David Heckler (UMKC) def. Deon Shafer/Patrick O'Neill (IUPUI) 8-4|
|3. Tim Akhmedov/Nino Hasandedic (UMKC) vs. Jason Jaruvang/Jake Hedderig (IUPUI) 4-5, unfinished|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,4,3)|
|Championship Match of the 2013 Summit League Championships|
|Winner earns an automatic berth into the 2013 NCAA Tournament|