The women’s tennis team stormed to a 7-0 victory against Texas-Permian Basin (UTPB) on Saturday morning in El Paso, Texas.
They completed a weekend sweep by defeating UTEP 4-3 on Sunday.
Everything seemed to click on Saturday for the Roos, who outclassed the hosting Falcons in doubles and singles play in a contest. The lady Roos won all three doubles contests and defeated the Falcons in all six singles matches.
Head Coach Kendell Hale praised the team’s effort while keeping the season goals at the forefront of his plans. “Our team goal this year is of course to win the Conference Championships, which is always where we start,” Hale said.
Despite a mixed bag of results in the opening weeks of the 2012 season, with the team posting a 4-5 record, Hale points to the consistent level of improvement within his team. “The girls are continuing to try to get better every day. When I first got here four years ago, the girls had lost 58 straight matches and were dead last in conference. The first year, they moved to 6th, next year 5th and the following year 3rd, and last year’s runner-up in Conference for the first time in school history,” Hale said.
Timing is crucial in the coach’s eyes since Hale wants to be “peaking at Conference time.” The success of the program last season has made his team a “target for every team within the Summit League.”
As a result, preparation is the key for the Roos this year.
“Our strength is teamwork. We have to stay mentally tough as a team for us to have a successful season,” Hale said.
Hale believes the team has what it takes to be successful this season.
“This is the best women’s team UMKC has ever seen and some of the wins are proving it,” he said. “They beat Creighton this year for the first time in school history. Our record going into that match was 0-21, so over 21 years of losses.”
The team’s goals do not stop at the Summit League Conference; the team also hopes to compete on a national level.
“I not only want to go to the NCAA tournament, but I also want to win rounds when we get there,” Hale said.
The Blue & Gold will now travel on Mar. 9 to take on the Saint Louis Billikens in Saint Louis, Mo.