KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s tennis team (8-8) pulled off the upset on Thursday afternoon when they knocked-off Iowa State (8-7), 5-2 at the Plaza Tennis Center.
The win is the Roos first ever of a Big 12 foe and the first over a Big 12 opponent for any UMKC program since 2015 when women’s basketball beat Kansas.
”We dedicated this match to Lauren!” Head Coach Kendell Hale said, referring to the daughter of former UMKC Associate Athletic Director Brian Morris. “The girls all fought hard together. I told them to fight as hard as Lauren has fought to beat this cancer. Totally a Team Lauren effort today.”
The Roos fell behind early in the match as the Cyclones claimed the doubles point with a pair of 6-2 victories at Nos. 1 and 2. From the top spot, Melinda Johnson and Yana Grechkina fell to Maty Cancini and Regina Espindola, while Aliona Ladutska and Grace Ball went down to Erin Freeman and Annabella Bonadonna. In the final doubles match, Katie Fries and Ioanna Lathouri were tied at 4-4 with Margarita Timakova and Ekaterina Repina when the point was decided.
UMKC evened the match at 1-1 when Ball took down Bonadonna, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6, but Thanushree Vale fell to Timakova, 6-3, 7-6 at No. 5 as ISU reclaimed the lead.
The Roos, however would not lose another point as the squad claimed each of the remaining singles points.
At No. 1, Ladutska picked up a 7-6, 6-3 win over Cancini and at No. 2, Fries beat Espindola 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a come-from-behind victory.
At No. 3, Johnson also went three sets in her 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Freeman to clinch the match for the Roos, while Grechkina won her point with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Repina at No. 4.
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again next weekend when they head to Edinburg, Texas, for the first cluster of WAC play, starting with UTRGV on Mar. 23 at 1 p.m.
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