COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – UMKC men’s tennis (3-0) recorded an undefeated weekend in Colorado with a 4-3 triumph over Air Force on Saturday evening. The Roos and Falcons split the singles matches 3-3 but UMKC claimed the doubles point to prevail. UMKC notched singles victories at the 1-3 slots.
"I'm really proud of the guys today,” assistant coach David Heckler said. “Going into the match we talked about facing adversity and being mentally tough, and today we definitely had to be mentally tough to pull out the win. All three doubles teams played exquisitely making a high percentage of first serves, returns, and executing their finishing shots.
“Moving into singles, we had our 1 through 4s start, and every one of those matches was a battle. Amaury went down a break the first game in the third and it wasn't until 2-4 that he was able to hold serve, break back, hold serve at deuce, and then break again to win the match. It was a great comeback and a great example of what can be done if you never give up. We're really pleased with the way we've started the season and are looking forward to our upcoming matches.”
In No. 1 singles action, Airam Castellano registered a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Lucas Fumagalli. Uldis Gaismins defeated Isaac Perez, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the No. 2 match and Amaury Navette recorded a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Max Olson on the No. 3 court. Navette's victory clinched the match for the Roos.
"My match was really tough,” Navette said. “It feels really good to have come back after putting myself in some difficult situations early in the second and third sets, down a break early in both. It really helped seeing Airam, Uldis and Tom fighting through their 3-set matches, and when Uldis and Airam won, it really motivated me to fight my way back into the third set for the win. I learned in this match that even if my shots aren't necessarily feeling great or things aren't going well to just keep fighting because if you want it bad enough, you can still pull out a victory.”
Tom Kruse fell 6-4, 5-7, 4-6 to Luke Sanderson in the No. 4 match. Mike Psarros was defeated in straight sets by Tadhg Collins in No. 5 play and Vinh Pham dropped the No. 6 singles match to Mack Galvin in two sets.
On the doubles court, Castellano and Psarros took down Olson and Collins in the No. 1 contest, 6-4. Kruse and Pham beat Perez and David Mottice, 6-1, to claim the doubles point, which was the difference in the match.
UMKC returns to Kansas City to host Baker (Kan.) on Wednesday at 12 p.m. CT.
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