William Jewell enters the match with an 11-7 record overall and winners of three straight after defeating Maryville, Illinois-Springfield and Quincy in their last three contest. On the season, the Cardinals' No. 1 and No. 2 players, Shane Giannetti and Bryan Thomas, have each posted 11-7 records, while Eric Dailey is 11-5 from the No. 5 line.
South Dakota State enters the contest with a 6-12 record overall and a 1-2 mark in Summit League play after falling to IUPUI and IPFW and beating Western Illinois. James Thorp leads the team with 11 wins, including 10 from the No. 4 line, while Parker Lawley has registered 10, with nine coming from No. 3.
Oral Roberts enters the contest with a 1-13 record overall and an 0-3 mark in Summit League play, picking up its only victory over Oklahoma Baptist on Feb. 13. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles this season has been Alvaro Gutierrez (No. 1) and Parker Allen (No. 2), who each have two wins, including one league victory apiece.
Western Illinois enters the week with a 4-12 record overall and a 1-3 mark in Summit League play after defeating Chicago State and Oral Roberts in back-to-back matches two weeks ago. Patrick Hammers leads the Leathernecks with six wins from the No. 1 line, while Ben Yue has a team-high eight wins from the No. 2 position.
UMKC holds an 8-0 record all-time against William Jewell with the last meeting coming in 1993 and a 7-0 mark against SDSU after winning 7-0 on Mar. 19 last season in Kansas City. Oral Roberts, meanwhile, leads the series 21-12, after dropping both matches last season, 4-2 on Apr. 15 in Kansas City and 4-0 in the league tournament on Apr. 22, while the 'Roos are 13-10 all-time against WIU after winning the last five contest.
LAST TIME OUT
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 Grant Fleming, Tomas Patino and Abdulrahman Alawadhi.
On Thursday, the 'Roos will honor their lone senior, Gustavo Guerin. In his career, Guerin ranks third in singles wins (43), fifth in doubles wins (39), 10th in singles winning percentage (.581) and 14th in doubles winning percentage (.488), while posting the fifth most singles wins in a season (15) and third most doubles wins in a season (16) in 2010. His 11 wins at No. 4 in 2010 and his 13 wins at No. 5 in 2011, meanwhile, are each first in school history.
PICKING UP STEAM
After dropping 13 of its first 14 matches this season, the Kangaroos have gotten hot over their last four contest, picking up wins over Baker (7-0), Nebraska-Omaha (7-0) and IPFW (5-2) and dropping a closely contested match to Bradley (4-3).
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.
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.