LAS CRUCES, N.M. – UMKC women's tennis (12-9) defeated Seattle U (10-14) 4-1 on Saturday afternoon to advance to the Western Athletic Conference Championship. The Roos will face host New Mexico State at 10 a.m. CT on Sunday for the chance to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
In Saturday's match, the Redhawks claimed the doubles point before UMKC rebounded with singles victories in straight sets on the No. 3 – No. 6 courts.
"The ladies came out a little nervous, and having a bye I think got us off to a slow start," head coach Kendell Hale said. "They shook the nerves off like true champions and stepped up in the singles. It was a great team win today. I have to give credit to Seattle U. They came to play and really battled hard."
Mariam Kurasbediani (Tbilsi, Georgia) beat Barbara Carey 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 3 match. WAC Freshman of the Year Yana Grechkina (Vladimir, Russia) defeated Kali McCollister 6-3, 6-0 on the No. 4 court. Katie Fries (Overland Park, Kan.) won 6-4, 6-2 over Caroline Maltby in the No. 5 matchup. Thanushree Vale (Chennai, India) clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Audrey Scott in the No. 6 match.
In doubles action, Kurasbediani and Vale were leading Carey and McCollister 5-4 in the No. 2 contest when Seattle U claimed the doubles point. Melinda Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) and Grechkina fell 6-1 to Michelle Lui and Madison Maloney in the No. 1 match. Aliona Ladutska (Minsk, Belarus) and Marina Albert (Thebes, Egypt) fell 6-3 to Maltby and Kailyn Skjonsby in the No. 3 matchup.
UMKC is looking to claim its first ever WAC title in women's tennis.
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