(Kansas City, Mo.) - The Kansas City men's tennis team came back from a 3-2 deficit and took the final two singles matches in a key Summit League battle on Sunday over IUPUI, 4-3.
The 'Roos (4-7, 2-0 SL) fell behind early as the Jaguars (2-14, 0-2 SL) took the doubles point on the tails of wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. UMKC grabbed the first doubles match at No. 1 when Grant Fleming and Tomas Patino rolled to an 8-2 win.
In singles action, it looked as if the 'Roos would take command of the match as Abdulrahman Alawadhi and Fleming each won in straight sets at No. 2 and 3. Nino Hasandedic won the first set at No. 1 as well, while on another court, IUPUI was up a set at No. 6. The Jags finished off UMKC in that match to tie it at 2-2, followed by a second-set tiebreak win at No. 1 to extend the match. Jason Jaruvong completed the comeback at No. 1 to give the Jags a 3-2 lead in the match.
The final two matches got started once courts opened, with Patino at No. 4 and Andrey Smirnov at No. 6. Patino got the 'Roos even at three with a straight set win, leaving it up to Smirnov. He dropped the first set in a tiebreak, but stormed back in the final two sets to clinch the win for the 'Roos.
Kansas City will head to Orlando, Florida for a three-match swing this week, starting on Tuesday against Georgia College and State.
Kansas City 4, IUPUI 3
Mar 24, 2013 at Kansas City, Mo. (Carriage Club)
|1. Jason Jaruvang (IUPUI) def. Nino Hasandedic (UMKC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0|
|2. Grant Fleming (UMKC) def. Nick Volz (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-2|
|3. Abdul Alawadhi (UMKC) def. Jake Hedderig (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-4|
|4. Tomas Patino (UMKC) def. Deon Shafer (IUPUI) 6-4, 7-6|
|5. Armaan Choudhary (IUPUI) def. Daniil Ivanov (UMKC) 6-4, 7-6|
|6. Andrey Smirnov (UMKC) def. Louis Sacks (IUPUI) 6-7, 6-4, 6-3|
|1. Grant Fleming/Tomas Patino (UMKC) def. Jacob Bradley/Nick Volz (IUPUI) 8-2|
|2. Deon Shafer/Thomas Gans (IUPUI) def. Nino Hasandedic/Abdul Alawadhi (UMKC) 8-4|
|3. Jason Jaruvang/Jake Hedderig (IUPUI) def. Tim Akhmedov/David Heckler (UMKC) 8-4|
|IUPUI 2-15, 0-2 SL|
|Kansas City 4-7, 2-0 SL|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,5,1,4,6)|