The UMKC women's tennis team (0-3) now faces Creighton in a home meet on Friday at 1:00 p.m. The match will be played at the Carriage Club at 5301 State Line Rd in Kansas City.
» UMKC vs. Creighton » Feb. 10, 2012 » 1 p.m.
Creighton enters the week with a 1-1 overall dual record after shutting out St. Thomas, then getting blanked by Minnesota last week. Leading the way is No. 1 singles player Jennie Hartjes with a 6-3 overall mark, while the No. 6 player, Taylor Koehrson boasts a 10-2 mark. The 'Roos are 0-21 all-time vs. Creighton.
LAST TIME OUT
(Lawrence, Kan.) - UMKC (0-3) dropped two early decisions in doubles action, before the duo of Dalvai and junior Laura Bouet pushed the Kansas' (1-0) No. 1 pair to the limit, dropping an 8-7 set in a tiebreak (8-6). With the three victories in doubles, KU took the 1-0 lead into singles action.
When it got to singles action, the Jayhawks put the dual away early, taking the first four decisions. Dalvai came through with the lone win though, defeating KU No. 1 player Monica Pezzotti 6-2, 6-2. It was the first point UMKC has ever scored against Kansas in a dual meet.
Last season, the 'Roos picked up 12 overall wins, breaking the mark set by the 2010 squad for the school record. The six Summit League wins, meanwhile, were tied with the 2010 squad for the most all-time.
HEAD COACH KENDELL HALE
Kendell Hale is in his fifth season as the head coach of the UMKC women's tennis program. Overall, the 2011-12 season is Hale's 18th as a collegiate head coach, where he has compiled a 317-217 overall combined record. He has a 30-54 mark with the women. Hale has coached seven all-league selections (four first/three second) and was selected at the 2009 USPTA Missouri Valley College Coach of the Year.
In 2011, Hale guided the 'Roos to a school record 12 victories and a 6-2 mark in Summit League play. UMKC finished third in the regular season standings to qualify for the league tournament for the second straight year, and made it to the championship match for the first time in school history.
Before joining the UMKC coaching staff, Hale spent 11 years as the head coach at Rockhurst University, where he led the Hawks to nine NCAA Tournament appearances.