'Roos Host Air Force, Before Playing at No. 51 Arkansas
UMKC Athletics 2-15-2013
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Kansas City men's tennis hosts Air Force on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Kansas City Country Club, before heading to Arkansas on Sunday for an 11:00 a.m. dual.


Air Force - at Kansas City Country Club, 4:00 p.m.

Air Force enters the weekend at 5-4 overall after wins against UMBC and Northern Colorado last week. They are led by Lance Wilhelm, who posts a 7-1 overall record and a No. 85 national ranking. All-time, UMKC is 1-8 vs. Air Force, but won the last meeting in 2009 by a 5-2 score.

Arkansas - at Fayettville, Ark., 11:00 a.m.

The Razorbacks are ranked No. 51 in the nation with an 8-2 overall record. Senior Gregoire Lehmann leads the team at the No. 1 position, recently taking down two top-75 ranked opponents. Junior Mike Nott remains undefeated in singles play at No. 5. The 'Roos are 0-4 all-time against Arkansas.


Kansas City has Tomas Patino, Grant Fleming, Nino Hasandedic, Tim Akhmedov, David Heckler, Conner Edwards, Daniil Ivanov and Andrey Smirnov available this weekend.


The 'Roos picked opened its home season in dominating fashion last Friday night at the Carriage Club, taking out the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars by a 5-0 score.

    The 'Roos (1-5) dropped the first doubles match at No. 3, but followed with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions to snag the point going into singles play.

    The first two wins took place in straight sets at No. 3 and No. 4 as senior Grant Fleming and freshman Daniil Ivanov cruised to victories. The next two points were a little more difficult at No. 1 and No. 2, with both matches finishing within minutes of each other. Nino Hasandedic won a third set tiebreak to get the win at No. 1, while Tomas Patino came from a set down to win the next two easily and take his win, clinching the match. 


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 64-51 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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