LINCOLN, Neb. – UMKC men’s tennis (5-2) earned a 5-2 victory over Omaha Friday evening at Nebraska’s Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center. The Roos won four singles matches and claimed the doubles point. Tom Kruse (Flensburg, Germany) clinched the match for UMKC seconds before Vinh Pham (Lenexa, Kan.) also completed a victory by coming back in the second set.
“Our freshmen really stepped up today,” head coach Kendell Hale said. “We were down 3-0 in two doubles matches and came back to wind. Tom and Daniel [Izadifar] really played well today and were very poised. Tom was the clinch match after being down 5-2 in the second set. Vinh was right after him after being down 4-2 in the second. The whole team showed mega fight against a team that previously beat Nebraska.”
In singles play, Airam Castellano (Gran Canaria, Spain) fell to Razvan Grigorescu in a close No. 1 match, 6-7, 6-4, 10-5. Uldis Gaismins (Riga, Latvia) continued his strong play, claiming the first set 6-0 before Colin Buckley retired on the No. 2 court. Amaury Navette (Paris, France) fell 6-0, 6-4 to Nathan Reekie in No. 3 competition. Kruse won 6-2, 7-6 (10-1) over Matt Dunn in No. 4 play. Pham was victorious, 6-1, 7-6 (10-4) in the No. 5 matchup while Daniel Izadifar (Tonsberg, Norway) won 6-3, 6-3 against Alex Woodward on the No. 6 court.
Castellano and Kruse beat Reekie and Dunn 6-4 in the No. 2 doubles match. Pham and Izadifar bested Woodward and Ellis by the same score to earn the doubles point. Gaismins and Navette dropped the No. 1 doubles match to Grigorescu and Buckley, 6-3.
The Roos continue their weekend play against Nebraska Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. UMKC will then return home to face South Dakota State at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday at the Kansas City Racquet Club in Merriam, Kansas.
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