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Kansas City Ready for Summit League Championships, Looking for First Crown
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:04/25/2013

THIS WEEK

The Kansas City women’s tennis squad (10-13, 6-1 SL) heads to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Summit League Championships as the No. 2 seed, and will face third-seeded South Dakota State in the semifinal round. UMKC is looking for its first Summit League Tournament title. The match will now be played at 6:00 p.m. CT due to cold temperatures in the morning matches.

 

THE OPPONENTS

#1 Seed Fort Wayne (21-7 overall, 7-0 Summit League)

Regular Season Titles : 4 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)

Best Championship Finish: Champion (2010, 2011)

Tournament Titles: 2010,  2011

Against the 2013 Field:  3-0 (W, 6-1 vs. SDSU; W, 4-0 vs. UMKC; W, 4-0 vs. South Dakota)

 

#3 Seed South Dakota State (15-9 overall, 5-2 Summit League)

Regular Season Titles: None

Best Championship Finish: First appearance

Tournament Titles: N/A

Against the 2013 Field: 1-2 (L, 1-6 vs. Fort Wayne; L, 3-4 at UMKC; W, 4-0 vs. South Dakota)

 

#4 Seed South Dakota (14-10 overall, 4-3 Summit League)

Regular Season Titles: None

Best Championship Finish: First Appearance

Tournament Titles: N/A

Against the 2013 Field: 0-3 (L, 1-4 vs. UMKC; L, 0-4 vs. Fort Wayne; L, 0-4 vs. SDSU)

 

WHO IS COMPETING

Kansas City is playing Laura Bouet, Eva Dalvai, Suzan Lisenby, Amelie Amsallem, Gabby Pintos, Madeline Schulte, and Dimitra Stavrianakou in this weekend’s action.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Kansas City finished off league play with a 7-0 win over Omaha on the road, April 12.

 

IN THE SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

Kansas City earned its highest seed in school history and will be looking to make its second overall championship match appearance. UMKC is 1-3 under Kendell Hale in the league tourney. The Kangaroos enter the tournament having won five of their last six matches.

 

RECORD WATCH

UMKC’s current roster boasts four of the top five all-time winners in school history in Laura Bouet, Eva Dalvai, Suzan Lisenby and Maddie Schulte. 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 52-76 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.

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