DENVER, Colo. – The UMKC men’s and women’s tennis teams had three players named to the 2019 All-WAC Tournament Team, the conference announced today. Ben Stride notches spots on both singles and doubles play with partner Diego Giraldo joining him for doubles competition while Thanushree Vale secures a position on the women’s side for singles play.
Stride, a graduate student from Bognor Regis, England, won the only point for UMKC in the semifinals round against New Mexico State, defeating his opponent 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in the No. 2 hole.
Giraldo, a sophomore from Medellin, Colombia, secured a victory with Stride in the No. 1 hole against Seattle U during the quarterfinals match-up. Stride and Giraldo defeated their opponent with a set score of 6-3 in the doubles outing.
Vale, a junior from Chennai, India, overwhelmed both of her match-ups in the No. 6 spot, winning with scores of 7-5, 6-4 and 6-4, 7-6. Vale earned her second All-WAC Tournament Team award for the Roos with the last one occurring in 2018.
Both squads were knocked out of the conference tournament this year in the WAC Semifinals by No. 2 New Mexico State. The women were looking for a three peat at the tournament while the men’s side looked to claim conference glory for the first time since 2017.
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