The Kansas City women’s tennis squad wraps up regular season play over the next five days with home contests against Saint Louis on Friday and Northwest Missouri State on Tuesday for Senior Day, before finishing at Omaha on Wednesday.
Saint Louis - (Kansas City, Mo.), Friday, 2:00 p.m.
The Billikens are 9-6 entering this Friday’s action. They are paced by No. 1 player Stephanie Hollis, who boasts a 15-7 overall record. Five of the six starters have winning records and double-digit wins. The ‘Roos have never defeated SLU, posting a 0-13 record. Last year, the Billikens took a 6-1 win in St. Louis.
Northwest Missouri State - (Kansas City, Mo.), Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.
The Bearcats are 6-5 coming into the weekend. The Division II squad is paced by No. 1 player Camila Quesada with a 12-4 mark, while No. 3 player Alexis Bartek is 11-7. The ‘Roos are 2-3 against NWMSU, but have won the last two meetings, including a 4-3 win last season.
Omaha - (Omaha, Neb.), Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.
The Mavericks are 4-9 overall, and 1-1 in league play coming into this week. Kansas City is 1-0 against UNO, facing them only last season and taking a 6-1 win.
WHO IS COMPETING
LAST TIME OUT
Kansas City competed at its final league cluster of the year in Rochester, Michigan, coming away with a 3-0 record. The ‘Roos defeated Oakland, IUPUI and South Dakota in the series and clinching a berth in the Summit League Championships.
The ‘Roos will celebrate senior day on Tuesday against NWMSU, honoring Laura Bouet, Eva Dalvai, and Suzan Lisenby. The trio ranks No. 1, 3 and 4 in school history in singles wins, making it the winningest class in school history.
UMKC’s current roster boasts three of the top four all-time winners in school history in Laura Bouet, Eva Dalvai, and Suzan Lisenby. The group includes three seniors. The roster also has the top four doubles players in school history.
As a team, the ‘Roos set a school record with 13 victories last season.
HEAD COACH KENDELL HALE
Kendell Hale is in his fifth season as the head coach of the UMKC women’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 50-75 mark with the women. Hale has coached nine all-league selections and was selected at the 2010 USPTA National Coach of the Year for his turnaround effort at UMKC.
2012 saw the ‘Roos again break the school record for wins with 13, and they secured their first winning record since 1991-92 at 13-12. Laura Bouet and freshman Maddie Schulte both earned all-league honors. UMKC finished third in the regular season standings to qualify for the league tournament for the third straight year.