Kangaroo Men Open Home Slate with SIUE Friday
UMKC Athletics 2-7-2013
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The Kansas City men's tennis team opens the home portion of its season after five straight road matches to start the season. The 'Roos face SIU Edwardsville at 5:00 p.m. at the Carriage Club in Kansas City on Friday.


Southern Illinois-Edwardsville

The Cougars, who are 2-0, will be back in action for the first time since defeating South Dakota State 6-1 Jan. 27. SIUE has been getting contributions from all over the lineup, as Marten Jonsson, Jacob Tanulanond, Nicolas Vincent, Jacob Perkins, and Nico Kuehn have a combined singles record of 9-0 through the Cougars' first two duals. Kansas City is 1-0 against the Cougars, winning 4-0 in 2011.


Kansas City is playing Tomas Patino, Grant Fleming, Nino Hasandedic, Tim Akhmedov, David Heckler, Conner Edwards, Daniil Ivanov and Andrey Smirnov in this Friday's dual.


The 'Roos went 0-3 on the weekend, falling 7-0 to No. 43 Drake, 6-1 to Green Bay, and 4-3 to Bradley. Kansas City is still short-handed, but has steadily improved while playing tough competition.


This season's team captains are seniors Grant Fleming and Nino Hasandedic, as well as junior Tomas Patino.


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.

   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.

   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.


The Kansas City men's tennis media guide is now online and available to view here.


Last season was UMKC's fifth appearance overall and the second straight in the NCAA Tournament, falling to USC (1999), UCLA (2000), Baylor (2009), Texas (2011) and Oklahoma (2012).


Kendell Hale is in his fifth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's tennis program.  Overall, the 2012-13 season is Hale's 19th as a collegiate head coach, and compiled a 340-242 overall combined record coming into 2012-13.  He has a current 63-51 mark with the men. Hale has coached 19 all-league selections and has taken the 'Roos to three regular season titles, three tournament crowns, and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

   In 2012, the squad overcame numerous injuries early in the season and captured a share of its third consecutive regular season Summit League title, while hosting the conference tournament and storming through the bracket without dropping a point in wins over South Dakota State and IUPUI to claim the league tournament crown and advance to the NCAA Tournament. UMKC had four all-conference selections, as well as the Player (Grant Fleming) and Newcomer (Tomas Patino) of the Year in the league. 

            Before joining the UMKC coaching staff, Hale spent 11 years as the head coach at Rockhurst University, where he led the Hawks to nine NCAA Tournament appearances.

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