(Fort Wayne, Ind.) – The Kansas City women's tennis squad came from behind in doubles and won the first three singles matches to take a 4-0 win over third-seeded South Dakota State on Friday night, advancing to its second ever championship game at the Summit League Tournament.
The contest didn’t even start until 8:45 local time, finishing just after 11:30 p.m. due to delays during the other tournament matches during the day.
The ‘Roos (11-13) rebounded from a loss to SDSU (15-10) at No. 3 doubles to take a win at No. 1, but got the huge momentum swing in the second spot as Amelie Amsallem and Suzan Lisenby teamed for a major comeback. The duo was down 7-3, and tallied six consecutive games to win 9-7 and give UMKC the all-important point.
“We came out today with a lot of intensity,” Senior Laura Bouet said. “We were very excited, we had been waiting all day to play this match and came out with a fired up attitude. It was really intense for the doubles, but we kept that going in singles and it went perfectly.”
Bouet scored the first singles point after winning in straight sets at No. 1, followed quickly by Dimitra Stavrianakou at the No. 2 spot in consecutive sets. Stavrianakou made her own case for League Newcomer of the Year, which was given to her opponent the night before. Amsallem closed the dual with another straight set win at the sixth position.
The win makes it an all Kansas City final on Saturday as the men play IUPUI at 10:00 a.m. ET against IUPUI, followed by the women against regular season champion and host Fort Wayne at 1:00 p.m.
“It’s awesome,” Head Coach Kendell Hale said of both teams making the final. “There’s only been one other occasion in the six years that I have been here that it’s happened. We are ready to bring two victories with us home tomorrow, so we are very excited.”
Stavrianakou also recorded her 18th win of the season, matching the single-season record held by Bouet and Jillian Yakominich. It was the sixth straight win for the freshman.
Kansas City 4, South Dakota State 0
Apr 26, 2013 at Fort Wayne, Ind. (Dr. Rudy and Rhonda Kachmann Tennis Cent)
|1. Laura Bouet (UMKC) def. Florencia Magni (SDSU) 6-2, 6-1|
|2. Dimitra Stavrianakou (UMKC) def. Ffion Davies (SDSU) 6-1, 6-0|
|3. Eva Dalvai (UMKC) vs. Jenny Blackburne (SDSU) 4-6, 4-3, unfinished|
|4. Maddie Schulte (UMKC) vs. Beatriz Souza (SDSU) 4-6, 5-3, unfinished|
|5. Suzan Lisenby (UMKC) vs. Tacy Haws-Lay (SDSU) 6-3, 1-5, unfinished|
|6. Amelie Amsallem (UMKC) def. Tiffany Filipovich (SDSU) 6-1, 6-4|
|1. Laura Bouet/Eva Dalvai (UMKC) def. Jenny Blackburne/Ffion Davies (SDSU) 8-4|
|2. Amelie Amsallem/Suzan Lisenby (UMKC) def. Tacy Haws-Lay/Brooke Henry (SDSU) 9-7|
|3. Florencia Magni/Beatriz Souza (SDSU) def. Gabby Pintos/Maddie Schulte (UMKC) 8-4|
|South Dakota State 15-10|
|Kansas City 11-13|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,6)|