Tennis: Men’s team wins Summit League Championship

Dan Moreno

The men’s tennis team last Saturday won the Summit League title for the third year in a row, defeating IUPUI 4-0 at Fort Wayne, Ind.

The ’Roos did not lose a match. In singles play, Grant Fleming beat Jake Heddering 6-1, 6-1. Andrey Smirnov beat Deon Shaver 6-3, 6-1, and Conner Edwards beat Armaan Choudhary 6-1, 6-1.

The UMKC doubles teams of Fleming and Abdul Alawadhi, and Edwards and David Heckler both gained 8-4 victories to win the doubles point.

The championship gives the ’Roos a spot in the NCAA tournament. The team is still waiting to learn where it will begin the national tournament

At the pre-championship banquet Thursday night, Alawadhi, Fleming, Nino Hasandedic and Tomas Patino were named to the All-Summit team.

The ’Roos finished with a record of 13-10 and entered the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed for the fourth consecutive year.

Coach Kendell Hale will lose five players as the senior class played its last season with UMKC, winning three league championships and four regular-season titles.

“They are great guys, I’m going to miss them,” he said. “It has been great working with them and I’m glad they can leave with another championship.”

The UMKC women nearly upset top-seeded Fort Wayne but came up short 4-3 for the Summit League Championship. In the deciding match, Fort Wayne’s Marcy Huck outlasted Amelie Amsallem, 6-3, 6-7, (4-7), 6-2.

UMKC’s No. 1 player Laura Bouet defeated Summit League Player of the Year Anita Henestrosa, 6-4, 6-2.

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