LINCOLN, Neb. – UMKC women’s tennis (1-2) earned a 4-3 victory over South Dakota (0-3) Sunday at the Dillon Tennis Center. The Roos won three singles matches and claimed the doubles point to earn the weekend split.
“It was a great match. South Dakota came to play today,” head coach Kendell Hale said. “Our doubles were in sync and they played really well. Yana and Thanushree, our freshmen, came up with some great come-from-behind victories at No. 4 and No. 6. We played without the former Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, but everyone fought hard as a team. It was definitely a team win today.”
On the No. 1 singles court, Aliona Ladutska (Minsk, Belarus) won 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 against Ellie Burns to clinch the match.
"I got a lot of inspiration and support from my teammates,” Ladutska said. “This helped a lot to come back and stay focused until the end."
In No. 2 competition, Melinda Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) was defeated 7-5, 6-4 by Barbora Kollarova. Marina Albert (Thebes, Egypt) dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Yuliya Sidenko on the No. 3 court. In the No. 4 match, Yana Grechkina (Vladimir, Russia) won 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 over Nanette Nylund. Mariam Kurasbediani (Tbilsi, Georgia) dropped a close 6-1, 3-6, 5-7 contest to Anastasia Bondareko in No. 5 play. In the No. 6 singles tilt, Thanushree Vale (Chennai, India) earned her first career victory, 6-4, 6-2 over Hannah Wich.
In No. 1 doubles action, Johnson and Grechkina defeated Bondarenko and Kollarova, 6-1. Albert and Ladutska claimed the doubles point with a dominating 6-0 showing vs. Burns and Nylund.
The Roos return home to face UConn at 10 a.m. CT on Sunday, Feb. 5.
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