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Kangaroos Head To Indianapolis To Open Summit League Play Against Jaguars
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:03/02/2012
(Kansas City, Mo.) -- The UMKC Men's Tennis team (0-5) will open up Summit League play on Saturday when it heads to Indianapolis, Ind. to take on IUPUI (4-10).  The match between the Kangaroos and the Jaguars is slated for a 2 p.m. start at the West Indy Racquet Club.

THE OPPONENT

The Jags enter the week with a 4-10 overall record, but three of those losses have come against ranked teams.  IUPUI has received solid production from the middle of its lineup as of late evidenced by Deon Shafer and Ivan Mojsejev capturing the past two Summit League Player of the Week honors.

LAST TIME OUT

The UMKC men's tennis team dropped a closely contested 4-3 contest on Feb. 9, 4-3, to Missouri Valley foe Creighton at the Hanscom Indoor Tennis Center in Omaha, Neb.  The two squads opened the day with doubles play with the Blue Jays taking all three matches to earn the doubles point.  In singles action, sophomore Cameron Schoenhofer got the 'Roos started when he evened the match at one point apiece with a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 4.  The Blue Jays, though, won the next two matches in straight sets, leaving Creighton just one victory shy of the four points needed for the win.

   Freshman Conner Edwards picked up his second win of the season with a come-from-behind 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Gabe Nagy at No. 5 and Fleming registered his team-leading third win of the season with a 7-6, 5-7, 10-7 win in his first match of the season at No. 1.

FLEMING NAMED SUMMIT LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Grant Fleming claimed the first Summit League Player of the Week honor of the season and the first of his career after the match with Oklahoma State.  Against the Cowboys, the Overland Park, Kan., native rallied for a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 victory over OSU's Rifat Biktyakov.  The victory marked UMKC's first point victory over a BCS opponent since 2008.

LAST SEASON

In 2011, the UMKC men's tennis team claimed its second consecutive Summit League regular season title and its second Summit League Tournament title and trip to the NCAA tournament in the last three seasons after finishing 16-7 overall and 6-0 in league play.  Individually, Nino Hasandedic was named Summit League Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year and Head Coach Kendell Hale was named Coach of the Year, while Hasandedic, Grant Fleming, Gustavo Guerin, Serge Ristivojevic and Cameron Schoenhofer were named to the all-League Team.

2012 SUMMIT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL

The UMKC men's tennis team was picked to repeat as Summit League Champions, in a poll by the league's head coaches.  The 'Roos are coming off consecutive undefeated regular season titles and are the defending tournament champions for the second time in the past three years.

HEAD COACH KENDELL HALE

Kendell Hale is entering his fifth season as the head coach of the UMKC men's and women's tennis program.  Overall, the 2011-12 season will be Hale's 18th as a collegiate head coach, where he has compiled a 317-214 overall record.

   Hale has guided both the men's and women's squads to school-record win totals and has produced two Summit League regular season title, two Summit League Tournament crown and two NCAA Tournament appearance.  He was also selected at the 2009 USPTA Missouri Valley College Coach of the Year.

   In four seasons at the helm, Hale has coached 13 first team all-league selections and a pair of second team all-league honorees on the men's side and seven all-league selections (four first/two second) on the women's side.  He's also coached two Summit League Player of the Year and two Summit League Newcomer of the Year.

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