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Kangaroos Set To Open Nine Match Homestand Against Familiar Foes
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:04/02/2012
(Kansas City, Mo.)  -- The UMKC Men's Tennis team (1-12, 0-1) will return to Kansas City this week for five home matches at the Plaza Tennis Center.  On Apr. 3, the Kangaroos will welcome in Southwest Baptist (9-4) for a 3 p.m. match before hosting Northwest Missouri State (13-3) on Apr. 5 at 10 a.m and Baker (5-5) at 3 p.m.  On Apr. 6, UMKC will take on future Summit League foe Nebraska-Omaha (2-4) at 9 a.m. before closing out the week with Summit League rival IPFW (10-8, 3-0) on Apr. 7 at 10 a.m.

THE OPPONENTS

Southwest Baptist enters the match with a 9-4 record and winners of seven straight after taking down William Jewell on Saturday.  The Bearcats are led by Domingos Carissimo's 11 wins from the No. 1 line, while Daniel Cardona has 10 wins this spring.

   Northwest Missouri State enters the week with a 13-3 record and winners of their last five after knocking off Truman State on Monday.  Mario Jakovljevic is tops on the team with 12 wins from the No. 2 spot, while Rafael Bugiga has amassed 11 from the No. 2-4 spot.

   Baker enters the match with a 5-5 record picking up wins over Bethel, Tabor, Missouri Baptist, Kansas Wesleyan and Louisiana College.  This season, the Wildcat lineup is led by seniors Casey Gleue and Will Duncan.

   Nebraska-Omaha enters the week with a 2-4 record after downing Hasting on Saturday.  The Mavericks are led from the No. 1 line by sophomore Carlos Ramos Salazar.

   IPFW enters the week with a 10-8 record overall and a 3-0 mark in Summit League play after defeating Oral Roberts, South Dakota State and Western Illinois last week.  Roberto Cabrini tops the Mastodons with a team high 11 wins in duel match play from the No. 1 position, while three others have nine wins.

LAST TIME OUT

The UMKC men's tennis team (1-12) dropped a 6-1 decision on Saturday afternoon to Green Bay (11-4) at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines, Iowa, despite a 7-5, 7-6 (7-0) win by No. 1 Grant Fleming over Paul Swanson.

   In doubles action, the combination of sophomore Tomas Patino and freshman Conner Edwards were victorious over Henning Jess and Swanson at No. 3, 9-8.

PLAYING IT TOUGH

This season, the 'Roos have already played six teams that appear in the ITA rankings including current No. 72 Oklahoma State, then No. 56 Idaho, current No. 56 Oregon, then No. 62, Wichita State, current No. 32 Arkansas and current No. 45 Drake.

FLEMING AND GUERIN NAMED SUMMIT LEAGUE PLAYERS 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.

   Senior Gustavo Guerin, meanwhile, garnered the honor on Mar. 20 after winning his lone singles match of the week.  Against Lamar, Guerin recorded his team's point by rallying for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory at the No. 3 position against Marton Horvath.  The win was his second of the season.

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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