Kansas City, IUPUI Advance to Title Match
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Top-seeded Kansas City and third-seeded IUPUI advanced to meet in Saturday's men's championship match after Friday semifinal victories. Kansas City defeated Fort Wayne, 5-1, while IUPUI topped South Dakota State, 4-0.
(1) Kansas City 5, (4) Fort Wayne 1 | Box Score
Top-seeded Kansas City scored a 5-1 victory over fourth-seeded Fort Wayne in Friday's first semifinal at The Summit League Men's Tennis Championship. The win advances the Kangaroos to Saturday's title match, where they will seek their third consecutive crown.
Grant Fleming produced the 'Roos clinching win at No. 3 singles with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, triumph over Andres Cobos.
Kansas City (12-10) took a 1-0 lead after a fiercely contested doubles point. Tim Akhmedov and Nino Hasandedic teamed for an 8-3 win at No. 3 before Fort Wayne countered with a 9-7 victory by Connor Andrews and Martin Muadi at No. 2. With the doubles point on the line, the Kangaroos tandem of Grant Fleming and Abdul Alawadhi overcame match point and won the tiebreaker 8-6 to edge the Mastodon duo of Daniel Kang at Joao Freitas, 9-8.
Alwawadhi secured Kansas City's first singles point with a straight-set (4 and 1) victory over Kang at No. 2. Akhmedov followed with a straight-set (3 and 1) win at No. 5 to provide the Kangaroos with a commanding 3-0 lead.
As the clinching win came, the matches at No. 1 and 4 also concluded simultaneously, providing the 5-1 final. Kansas City's Nino Hasandedic topped Daniel Kang (0-6, 6-4, 6-4) at No. 1 while Joao Freitas accounted for Fort Wayne's lone point with a victory (1-6, 6-2, 6-4) at No. 4.
Fort Wayne ended its season with a 9-17 record.
(3) IUPUI 4, (2) South Dakota State 0 | Box Score
Third-seeded IUPUI defeated second-seeded South Dakota State, 4-0, to advance to its third championship match in as many years.
Summit League Player of the Year Jason Jaruvang clinched the victory for the Jaguars by rallying for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Andrea Boglić at No. 1 singles.
IUPUI (6-18) jumped ahead 1-0 by winning the doubles point. Deon Shafer and Patrick O'Neill were first in the win column with an 8-4 victory at No. 2 before Nick Volz and Jacob Bradley sealed the point at No. 1.
Thomas Gans notched the first singles victory with a straight-set (4 and 0) win over SDSU's James Thorp. Jake Hedderig gave the Jaguars a commanding 3-0 lead with a straight-set win (4 and 3) over Mateus Moreira. Jaruvang's clinching win was the next completed match.
South Dakota State, which earned its highest tournament seed in history, finished the year with an 11-12 record.
IUPUI will meet Kansas City in the title match for the third consecutive year. The Kangaroos won 4-0 last season and 4-2 in 2011.