(Kansas City, Mo.) --
The UMKC Men's Tennis team (0-6) will look to pick up its first win of the season this week when it visitsNo. 62 Wichita State (6-3) on Mar. 7 and Saint Louis (5-5) on Mar. 9 before hosting Abilene Christian (8-5) on Mar. 12.
No. 62 Wichita State are looking to continue their ways, after defeating Illinois-Chicago, 6-1, on Saturday, March 3 at the Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex. After losing the doubles point to go down 1-0, the Shockers won all of the singles matches to out away the Flames. Freshmen Tomislav Gregurovic blanked Alan Reifer, 6-0, 6-0, to help win the match. The doubles combination of Matheus Periera and David Cavalcanti are ranked No. 46 in the nation and are 6-2 for the spring season.
Saint Louis enters the match with a 5-5 record overall, but losers of three straight. On the year, Patrick Kella has a team-high 11 singles wins, while Drew Feder has posted 10. On the doubles side, the combination of Feder and Vuk Poledica have notched 12 wins.
Abilene Christiana enters the week with an 8-5 record and winners of four of their last five, falling only to No. 15 Texas A&M. The Wildcats are led from the No. 1 position by Hans Hach, who has posted 10 wins this season. Borja Cortes, meanwhile, has recorded eight and Nick Plum, nine.
LAST TIME OUT
The UMKC men's tennis team (0-6) dropped a closely contested 4-3 contest to IUPUI (6-10) on Saturday afternoon in its Summit League opener at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis, Ind., despite missing two of its top four players. Sophomore Tomas Patino led the way for the 'Roos, picking up both a singles and a doubles win on the day.
FLEMING NAMED SUMMIT LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Grant Fleming claimed the first Summit League Player of the Week honor of the season and the first of his career after the match with Oklahoma State. Against the Cowboys, the Overland Park, Kan., native rallied for a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 victory over OSU's Rifat Biktyakov. The victory marked UMKC's first point victory over a BCS opponent since 2008.
In 2011, the UMKC men's tennis team claimed its second consecutive Summit League regular season title and its second Summit League Tournament title and trip to the NCAA tournament in the last three seasons after finishing 16-7 overall and 6-0 in league play. Individually, Nino Hasandedic was named Summit League Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year and Head Coach Kendell Hale was named Coach of the Year, while Hasandedic, Grant Fleming, Gustavo Guerin, Serge Ristivojevic and Cameron Schoenhofer were named to the all-League Team.
2012 SUMMIT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
The UMKC men's tennis team was picked to repeat as Summit League Champions, in a poll by the league's head coaches. The 'Roos are coming off consecutive undefeated regular season titles and are the defending tournament champions for the second time in the past three years.
HEAD COACH KENDELL HALE
Kendell Hale is entering his fifth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's and women's tennis program. Overall, the 2011-12 season will be Hale's 18th as a collegiate head coach, where he has compiled a 317-214 overall record.
Hale has guided both the men's and women's squads to school-record win totals and has produced two Summit League regular season title, two Summit League Tournament crown and two NCAA Tournament appearance. He was also selected at the 2009 USPTA Missouri Valley College Coach of the Year.
In four seasons at the helm, Hale has coached 13 first team all-league selections and a pair of second team all-league honorees on the men's side and seven all-league selections (four first/two second) on the women's side. He's also coached two Summit League Player of the Year and two Summit League Newcomer of the Year.