KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC men’s and women’s tennis and Head Coach Kendell Hale announced their 2018 schedule of matches with plenty of high-powered opponents highlighting the slate.
“This is one of the toughest schedules that UMKC has seen in the history of the program,” Hale said. “We are excited for the challenge, because we are shooting for a national ranking and we can only do that by playing nationally ranked programs.”
The men open the season on Jan. 19 when they head to Oklahoma State in a rematch of last season NCAA Tournament first round before taking on its second straight Big 12 opponent the next day at Baylor.
The Roos then return to Kansas City for the home opener on Jan. 26 against William Jewell, followed by a four match road swing to Arkansas (Feb. 3), Creighton (Feb. 9), Nebraska (Feb. 10) and Wichita State (Feb. 18).
After home matches with Oral Roberts on Feb. 23 and Northwest Missouri State on Mar. 9, UMKC travels to Omaha on Mar. 15 and Oklahoma on Mar. 24.
The first WAC cluster takes place in Kansas City on Mar. 29-31 with the Roos facing-off with Chicago State, Seattle U and Grand Canyon, while the second cluster is slated for Apr. 13-14 in Chicago with the UMKC set to take on New Mexico State and UTRGV.
The Roos nonconference schedule is rounded out by matches in Des Moines, Iowa, against Drake and Old Dominion on Apr. 6-7 and the regular season finale at Saint Louis on Apr. 20.
The Blue & Gold will look to defend their WAC crown when they head to Phoenix, Ariz., for the WAC Tournament on Apr. 27-29.
On the women’s side, UMKC opens with a trio of home matches including contests against Kansas State (Jan. 18), Omaha (Jan. 21) and William Jewell (Jan. 26), followed by a pair of matches in Jonesboro, Ark., on Jan. 27-28 against Central Arkansas and Arkansas State.
On Feb. 3-4, the Roos head to Wichita, Kan., to take on Wichita State and UT Arlington, before a matchup at Creighton on Feb. 9.
The squad returns to Kansas City for four straight matches, including matches against Air Force on Feb. 11, South Dakota on Feb. 16, Oklahoma on Feb. 17 and Akron on Feb. 24.
Following trips to Missouri on Feb. 25 and Nebraska on Mar. 2, the Roos take on a pair of instate opponents with a home match against the Bearcats on Mar. 9 and a road match with Missouri State on Mar. 10.
After a home contest with Big 12 foe Iowa State on Mar. 15, the Roos will visit Edinburg, Texas, for the first WAC cluster on Mar. 23-25 for matches with UTRGV, Seattle U and Chicago State.
The second WAC cluster takes place on Apr. 7-8 in Seattle, where the squad will play Grand Canyon and New Mexico State, with the a trip to Saint Louis on Apr. 20 rounding out the regular season.
Like the men, the women will vie for their second straight WAC title when they head to Phoenix, Ariz., on Apr. 27-29 for the WAC Tournament.
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