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Fleming, Patino And Alawadhi All Notch Singles Wins In 4-3 Loss To Braves
UMKC Athletics 4-13-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.)  - The UMKC men's tennis team (4-15) dropped its match with  Bradley (11-12) on Friday afternoon at the Plaza Tennis Center, 4-3, despite victories from the top three singles players.

The Kangaroos opened the day dropping the doubles' point, despite the No. 2 and No. 3 pairings each reaching a tiebreaker.  At No. 1, the duo of juniors Grant Fleming and Tim Akhmedov lost to Juan Diego Cuadrado and Justin Abrams, 8-1 to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. 

At the No. 2 and No. 3 lines the 'Roos comeback attempt would fall just short, as senior Gustavo Guerin and junior Abdulrahman Alawadhi fell to Hamish Weerasinghe and Ahmed Albitar, 9-8 (7-2) at No. 2 and sophomore Tomas Patino and freshman Conner Edwards went down to Ashton Kalhorn and Arthur Romanet, 9-8 (7-5) at No. 3.

In singles action, Bradley quickly extended its lead to 2-0 when Abrams took down Edwards, 6-2, 7-5 at No. 6, but Patino would cut the lead in half with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2 over Albitar.

The Braves would push their lead back to two when Cameron Schoenhofer fell at No. 5 to Romanet, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1, before clinching the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win by Cuadrado over Guerin at No. 4.

UMKC would not go quietly, as the 'Roos closed the match out by winning the final two matches.  At No. 1, Fleming took care of Weerasinghe, 7-5, 5-7, 10-6, while Alawadhi downed Kalhorn, 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 10-2 at No. 3.

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Wednesday when they host William Jewell at the Plaza Tennis Center at 4 p.m.


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