KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC women’s tennis (9-7, 4-0) remained perfect in Western Athletic Conference play with a 7-0 sweep over Seattle U on Saturday afternoon at the Plaza Tennis Center. The Roos have now defeated all postseason-eligible league teams during the 2017 season. UMKC has won four straight league contests and seven of the last eight matches overall.
“Our girls have shown consistently throughout the season that they want it,” head coach Kendell Hale said. “They stepped up today, listened and responded. Playing at home always has its advantages. It makes a huge difference.”
In No. 1 singles action, Aliona Ladutska (Minsk, Belarus) beat Michelle Lui, 6-1, 6-3. Melinda Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) took down Madison Maloney on the No. 2 court, 7-5, 6-2. Mariam Kurasbediani (Tbilsi, Georgia) was victourious over Barbara Carey in No. 3 play, 6-4, 6-3. Yana Grechkina (Vladimir, Russia) dominated Kali McCallister, 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 action. Katie Fries (Overland Park, Kan.) won 6-3, 6-4 against Caroline Maltby in No. 5 play. Thanushree Vale (Chennai, India) earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Audrey Scott on the No. 6 court to round out the perfect singles play.
In doubles action, Kurasbediani and Vale defeated Carey and McCallister 6-4 in the No. 2 match while Ladutska and Marina Albert (Thebes, Egypt) swept Maltby and Kailyn Skjousby 6-0 on the No. 3 court to clinch the doubles point for the Roos. Grechkina and Johnson fell 6-4 to Lui and Maloney in the No. 1 matchup.
UMKC goes for the weekend sweep Sunday against Grand Canyon, who is also undefeated in WAC play. The Lopes are not eligible for the postseason tournament. Sunday’s match is scheduled for 10 a.m. CT at the Plaza Tennis Center, but stay tuned to the team’s social media channels below for weather updates.
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