Men's Tennis Heads to Omaha for Pair of Duals
UMKC Athletics 4-8-2013
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Kansas City will hit the road for its final four matches, starting with a trip to Omaha for a contest with Creighton on Tuesday, followed by a conference match with UNO on Wednesday.



Creighton - Omaha, Neb., April 9, 6:00 p.m.

The Bluejays come in with a 7-6 overall record and are 0-2 in Missouri Valley play. They are led by No. 1 player Sean Mathison and No. 2 man Ryan Norman. The ‘Roos are 10-15 all-time against Creighton, but have won three of the last four meetings. Last year’s contest went in favor of the Bluejays by a 4-3 margin in early February.

Omaha - Omaha, Neb., April 10, 10:00 a.m.

The Mavericks come in at 5-10 overall and 0-3 in Summit League action. Conner Tieszen is the No. 1 player with a 5-10 record. Kansas City leads the all-time series by a 1-0 margin, winning their only meeting by a 7-0 score last season.



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



Grant Fleming has compiled 45 wins in singles play during his career as a ‘Roo, just three wins shy of matching the school record of 48 wins. Abdul Alawadhi is not far behind, posting 43 wins. Both are in the top five in school history. Tomas Patino leads the team with 15 wins this season, three shy of the one-year record of 18.

   In doubles play, Fleming has 33 wins, ranking 10th all-time, while Alawadhi has posted 31 victories to rank 12th. Patino leads the team this season with 16 doubles wins, just two shy of the single season record mark of 18.




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 71-56 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. 

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