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Roos Pick-up Thrilling 4-3 Win over Bears
UMKC Athletics 3-10-2018
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s tennis team (7-8) picked up a thrilling 4-3 win over instate foe Missouri State (4-5) on Saturday afternoon at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo.

In doubles play, Aliona Ladutska and Grace Ball fell to Anelisse Torrico and Phoebe Boeschen, 6-2, at No. 2 but the Roos No. 3 team of Katie Fries and Ioanna Lathouri evened doubles at one match apiece with a 6-4 victory over Fati Khamissi and Alexia Meyer.

The Bears, however, would claim the doubles point when Melinda Johnson and Yana Grechkina fell in a tiebreaker at No. 1 to Alye Darter and Ellie Burger, 7-6 (6-4).

Ladutska would quickly evened the match when she picked up a 7-6, 6-0 win at No. 1 over Darter, and, after Brylin Staats fell 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6 to Abbey Belote, Johnson retied the match at 2-2 with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Boeschen at No. 3.

Fries then gave the Roos their first lead of the match and put them one point away from victory when she knocked off Torrico, 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2.  The Bears came back to tie the match when Thanushree Vale dropped a hard fought three-set match to Khamissi at No. 4, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4, setting up a winner take all spot from the No. 5 line.

At No. 5, the freshman Ball dropped the first set to Burger, 7-6 (6-3), but evened the match at one set apiece with a 6-4 victory in set two.  Ball then clinched the match for the Roos with her second straight 6-4 win.

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Thursday when they welcome in Iowa State to Kansas City.

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