UMKC Heads To Oregon For Matches With Pilots, No. 56 Vandals and No. 75 Ducks
UMKC Athletics 1-26-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.)  - The UMKC Men's Tennis team (0-1) will head to Oregon this weekend for three matches in the northwest.  The 'Roos will open up the trip on Friday morning when they take on Portland (1-0) in Portland.  On Saturday, UMKC will travel to Eugene to face-off with No. 56 Idaho (2-1) before closing out the trip against No. 75 Oregon (2-0) on the Ducks' home court on Sunday morning.


Portland enters the match with a 1-0 record after taking down Montana State, 7-0, last week.  In the match, Michael HuKwo, Geoff Hernandez and Stefan Micov all picked up two wins each for the Pilots.

   No. 56 Idaho enters the weekend with a 2-1 record after defeating No. 75 Pacific and Seattle last week.  On the season, three Vandals hold 2-1 singles marks, including Abid Akbar (No. 1), Jose Bendeck (No. 4-5) and Cesar Torres (No. 5-6).

   No. 75 Oregon enters the weekend with a 2-0 record after defeating both Portland State and Montana State, 7-0, last week.  On the season, Robin Cambier and Alex Rovello each hold 1-0 singles records at both the No. 1 and No. 2 lines, while Jeff Mullen is 2-0 from the No. 3 position.


The UMKC men's tennis teams dropped its season opening match to Oklahoma State on Friday, 5-2, in Tulsa, Okla.  Junior Grant Fleming and freshman Conner Edwards each picked up singles wins, while the double pairing of juniors Abdulrahman Alawadhi and David Heckler was also victorious in the match.


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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