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UMKC Athletics 2-8-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.) -- The UMKC Men's Tennis team (0-4) will look to pick up its first win of the season when it heads north to Omaha, Neb., to take on Missouri Valley foe Creighton (1-0).  The match between the Kangaroos and the Blue Jays is slated for a 12:30 p.m. start at the Koch Tennis Center.


Creighton enters the match with a 1-0 record this season after defeating Chicago State, 6-0 on Feb. 5.  The Blue Jays are led by Billy Paluch and J.T. Christian from the No. 1 and No. 2 singles lines, respectively, as well as the No. 1 doubles line.  Teaming at No. 2 doubles are Kyle Obermeier (No. 3) and Elliot Baker, while Ryan Norman (No. 4) and Gabe Nagy (No. 5) rounded out the lineup against the Cougars.


The UMKC men's tennis team wrapped up its road trip to the northwest with a 7-0 loss to No. 75 Oregon after falling to Idaho, 4-0 and Portland, 6-1 on the trip.  Junior Grant Fleming was the only 'Roos to pick up a victory in teh three matches with his 6-4, 7-5 win over the Pilots Stefan Micov.


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.


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.


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.


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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