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Kansas City Picked as League Favorites in Both Menís and Womenís Tennis
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:01/11/2013

(Kansas City, Mo.) - The Kansas City's men's and women's teams are the favorites to claim the 2013 Summit League Tennis Championships according to a preseason poll of league head coaches.

The Kangaroo men seek their third consecutive Summit League Men's Tournament Championship, while UMKC's women aim for their first title after setting the school record for wins in each of the past three seasons.

The Kansas City sweep marks the first time since 2009 that the same school was picked as both the men's and women's tennis favorite.

In the men's poll, Kansas City received all four possible first-place votes for a total of 24 points. IUPUI, which received the remaining first-place vote, finished second with 21 points.

The Kangaroos return four all-league performers, led by 2012 Player of the Year Grant Fleming, 2012 Newcomer of the Year Tomas Patino, 2011 Player of the Year Nino Hasandedic, and an all-league pick in Abdul Alawadhi.

In the women's poll, Kansas City garnered five of seven first-place votes to total 46 points, edging out Fort Wayne's 44 points and two first-place votes.

The Kangaroos return a pair of All-Summit League selections in senior Laura Bouet and sophomore Maddie Schulte, while returning No. 1 player and senior Eva Dalvai. Also returning is the fourth-winningest player in school history, senior Suzan Lisenby, as well as starting sophomore Amelie Amsallem.

 

2013 MEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON POLL

Rank School (1st-place votes) Pts.

1. Kansas City (4)................ 24

2. IUPUI (1).......................... 21

3. Fort Wayne...................... 16

4. Western Illinois................ 12

5. South Dakota State......... 11

6. *Omaha.............................. 5

* note eligible for championship; Note: Coaches may not vote for their own teams


2013 WOMEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON POLL

Rank School (1st-place votes) Pts.

1. Kansas City (5)................ 46

2. Fort Wayne (2)................. 44

3. South Dakota.................. 32

4. IUPUI (1).......................... 28

5. Oakland.......................... 24

6. South Dakota State......... 23

7. *Omaha............................ 17

8. Western Illinois................ 10

* not eligible for championship; Note: Coaches may not vote for their own teams

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