KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC men’s tennis (12-8) earned its fourth straight victory by cruising past Saint Louis (7-10) 7-0 on Thursday afternoon at the Plaza Tennis Center. Airam Castellano (Gran Canaria, Spain) became the first Roos player ever to win his 60th career singles match.
“They’re rolling,” head coach Kendell Hale said. “I just think the guys are in a great place right now.”
Castellano defeated David Ferragut 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 1 match to become the first UMKC player to ever reach 60 singles victories. He is 14-6 during his junior season, has won four straight and is 8-2 in his last 10 contests.
“He works hard, listens to the coaches and he does everything we ask him to do,” Hale said. “And that’s evidence of a good, teachable player.”
Uldis Gaismins (Riga, Latvia) outlasted John Nogalski 2-6, 6-4, 10-7 on the No. 2 court. He evened his singles record to 10-10. Tom Kruse (Flensburg, Germany) beat Paarth Dodhiawala 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 3 contest to improve to 11-8 during his freshman season. He is 2-0 while competing in the third slot. Amaury Navette (Paris, France) defeated Oscar Pachon 6-3, 6-3 on the No. 4 court. He is 2-0 in the fourth position.
Mike Psarros (Athens, Greece) cruised past Charlie Parry in the No. 5 match, 6-0, 6-2. Psarros is 10-4 during his senior year. He now has 57 career singles victories, which ranks second only to Castellano in the program’s record book.
Vinh Pham (Lenexa, Kan.) evened his senior season record to 8-8 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Justin Nogalski on the No. 6 court. He is 7-4 in the sixth spot and now has 48 career singles wins.
Castellano and Psarros improved to 12-1 on the season in No. 1 doubles with a 6-2 victory against John Nogalski and Pachon. For Psarros, it was his program record 63rd career doubles win.
“I think them playing the way they are is one of the best doubles teams we’ve ever had,” Hale said. “That combo is just on fire right now. The energy and the points they’re playing, I’ve never seen in college tennis before.”
Gaismins and Navette beat Ferragut and Parry 6-4 in the No. 2 matchup. Kruse and Pham won 6-1 over Dodhiawala and Justin Nogalski in the No. 3 match.
The Roos have earned the No. 2 spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on April 28-30 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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