KANSAS CITY – TheCreighton men’s tennis team edged UMKC 4-3 in its season opener at the Woodside Tennis Club on Friday afternoon.
Creighton (1-0) won the doubles point and the final three singles matches of the day to claim a comeback win over UMKC (1-1). The win marked the Jays’ fourth straight victory in a season opener.
The Bluejays started the match by taking two out of three doubles contests. At No. 1 doubles, CU senior Billy Paluch and freshman Jake Norman teamed up to defeat the Kangaroo tandem of Tomas Patino and Mike Psarros 6-2. Creighton junior Elliott Baker and sophomore August Nysted doubled up UMKC’s Conner Edwards and Vinh Pham 6-3. CU sophomore Nick Thompson and freshman Harrison Lang dropped a 6-1 contest to Uldis Gaismins and Daniel De Zamacona of Kansas City.
With Creighton up 1-0, UMKC opened singles action with three consecutive victories. Edwards knocked off Creighton freshman Aaron Chalstrom 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6 singles to even the score at 1-1. The Kangaroos moved into the lead at 2-1 when Psarros toppled Norman 6-4, 6-5 on court two. In the No. 5 slot Pham defeated Lang 6-1, 6-5 to make it 3-1 Kansas City.
Paluch led the Bluejay charge that resulted in a comeback win, sweeping Patino 6-3, 6-4 at the top spot to make it 3-2 UMKC. Baker claimed a three-set win over Andrey Smirnov 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 on court three to tie the match at 3-3.
Creighton sophomore Quinn Dippel claimed the team match point with a three-set victory at No. 4 singles. Dippel got past UMKC’s Daniil Ivanov 6-5, 2-6, 6-4.
The Creighton men’s tennis team will stay on the road for its next match at Nebraska on Feb. 15.
Creighton at Kansas City Jan. 31, 2014 at Kansas City, Mo. (Woodside Tennis Club)