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Men & Women’s Tennis fall to clinical Oklahoma State Cowboys

Both the men and women’s tennis teams dropped their season opening matches after facing a dominant Oklahoma State program last Friday in Tulsa, Okla. The men fell 5-2, while the women lost 6-1 to the Cowboys.

Men’s Tennis – UMKC 2 – 5 Oklahoma State

In singles play for the men, junior Grant Fleming and freshman Conner Edwards each picked up wins, while the doubles pairing of juniors Abdulrahman Alawadhi and David Heckler also pulled through with a victory.

UMKC’s Summit League Player of the Year Nino Hasandedic fell 6-2, 6-2 to Vlad Bondarenko, who is nationally ranked at 60, on the No.1 line. At No.2, Fleming recovered from an opening set defeat to OSU’s Rifat Biktyakov before taking the match 3-6, 6-1, 7-6. Edwards, at No.5 for the Roos, worked hard in a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Trevor Horstmann to restore some pride to the overall scoreline.

The men’s tennis team will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Oregon on Jan. 27 for games against Portland in Portland, Ore. before moving on to Eugene, Ore. for contests against Idaho (Jan. 28) and Oregon (Jan. 29).

Women’s Tennis – UMKC 1 – 6 Oklahoma State

Freshman Madeline Schulte was the sole victor for the Lady Roos as she dominated the Cowboy’s Jovana Pecovski in straight-sets 6-1, 6-1 at the No.6 line.

At the No.1 line, Junior Eva Dalvai was dominated by OSU’s C.C. Sardinha 6-2, 6-0, while fellow French country-women Laura Bouet and Amelie Amsallem also fell at the No.2 and No.3 lines respectively.

The nationally-ranked No.75 Oklahoma State Cowboys women’s team proved to be clinical on the day as they also defeated the Lady Roos in all three of the doubles matches.

The women’s team will travel to face the University of Kansas on Feb. 7 in Lawrence, Kan.

ldavis@unews.com

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