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Men's Tennis Falters in Season Opener
UMKC Athletics 1-30-2019
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LINCOLN, Neb. – The UMKC men’s tennis team (0-1) opened up the 2019 season with a matchup against Nebraska, falling short however at a score of 6-1.

After taking the crown as WAC Regular Season Champions in 2018, the Roos gave the Cornhuskers a tough outing in both doubles and singles play.

UMKC fell to a 0-2 start in doubles play with losses in the No. 2 and 3 spots. Tom Kruse and Daniel Izadifar both fell in No. 3 hole while Hunter Clark and Anil Patel would later falter to the same score of 6-3.

Moving on to singles play, Nebraska would pull out three quick victories in the No. 4-6 holes. UMKC would later put on a strong showing in the No. 2 and 3 spots from Kruse and Ben Stride, who pulled off the only victory of the day in the No. 3 hole with a scorecard of 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.

Both Kruse and Stride would end up competing in a third set tiebreaker to complete Wednesday’s season opener.

“We had a good showing today against Nebraska,” stated assistant coach David Heckler. “We definitely have things to improve upon, but I feel we are at a good starting spot compared to past seasons. It took a few games on each court to get our energy to where we want, but once we were there our guys all fought hard and had competitive matches. A lot of the credit today goes to the Nebraska squad for playing well.”

Up Next: The Blue & Gold will head east to Bloomington, Ill., to face off with Illinois State at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 2nd and then Northern Illinois on Sunday, Feb 3rd at 9 a.m. CT.

Doubles

Order of Finish: 3, 2

1. Victor Moreno Lozano/Micah Klousia (NU) vs. Diego Giraldo/Ben Stride (UMKC) 4-4, unfinished

2. William Gleason/Isaac Nortey (NU) def. Hunter Clark/Anil Patel (UMKC) 6-3

3. Toby Boyer/Jon Meyer (NU) def. Tom Kruse/Daniel Izadifar (UMKC) 6-3

Singles

Order of Finish: 6, 5, 4, 1, 2, 3

1. Toby Boyer (NU) def. Diego Giraldo (UMKC) 6-2, 6-4

2. Micah Klousia (NU) def. Tom Kruse (UMKC) 6-1, 3-6, 12-10

3. Ben Stride (UMKC) def. Victor Moreno Lozano (NU) 6-3, 3-6, 10-6

4. William Gleason (NU) def. Hunter Clark (UMKC) 6-2, 6-2

5. Chris Dean (NU) def. Anil Patel (UMKC) 6-1, 6-0

6. Isaac Nortey (NU) def. Josh McDermott (UMKC) 6-0, 6-1

 

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