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UMKC Hits The Road For Tough Four Match Stretch
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:03/18/2012

(Kansas City, Mo.) -- The UMKC Men's Tennis team (1-8) will make a pair of road trips this week when they head to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on Lamar (3-4) and No. 43 Arkansas (10-5) on Mar. 19 and 20, before heading to Des Moines, Iowa, to face No. 46 Drake (13-2) and Green Bay (10-4) on Mar. 23 and 24.

THE OPPONENTS

Lamar enters the match with a 3-4 record overall after defeating Abilene Christian, Troy and Marist this season.  The Cardinals are led in singles action by Robert Lee and Carlos Valdenebro's three wins apiece, while Denis Ermilov and Marton Horvath each have two.  In doubles play, three Lamar pairings have two wins.

   No. 43 Arkansas enters the week with a 10-5 record, picking up wins over ranked Wichita State, Vanderbilt and Stetson.  On the season, Gregoire Lehmann, Matt Walters, Mike Ward and Nikolas Zogaj all have posted seven singles wins,

   No. 46 Drake enters the week with a 13-2 record, including wins over ranked DePaul, East Tennessee State, Nebraska and Idaho.  During the spring season, Robin Goodman has posted a perfect 13-0 record, while James McKie and Ben Mullis have added 10 and 11, respectively.  Anis Ghorbel, meanwhile, has posted a 7-3 mark from the No. 1 line.  In doubles play, two pairings have produced nine wins for the Bulldogs.

   Green Bay enters the week with a 10-4 record, picking up wins over fellow Summit League members IUPUI and IPFW.  Leading the Phoenix this season are Craig Cox, Paul Swanson, Erik Finkenbrink and Michael Tenzer.

 

LAST TIME OUT

The UMKC men's tennis team (1-8) dropped its home opener, 6-1 to  Abilene Christian (9-6) on Mar. 12 at the Plaza Tennis Center.  The 'Roos opened up the day with doubles action, where the No. 3 pairing of sophomore Tomas Patino and freshman Conner Edwards downed Michael Morris and Cody McCarty, 8-3. , while Abdul Alawadhi claimed the 'Roos only victory in singles action and point with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Morris at No. 5.

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.

LAST SEASON

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.

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