Fleming

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- UMKC made it a championship three-peat on Saturday, sweeping its way to another Summit League title against IUPUI 4-0. UMKC earned the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year, as well.

The ‘Roos (13-10), seeded No. 1 after their fourth consecutive regular-season crown, dominated doubles play. They got wins at No. 1 and No. 2 by 8-4 margins to claim the 1-0 lead going into singles action. IUPUI (5-19) won the doubles point in the regular-season meeting, but UMKC won that contest 4-3.

The ‘Roos were a different team on Saturday though, even without the injured Tomas Patino. They were focused from the start, and took that momentum into singles play, winning the first set in all six contests. No. 6 player Conner Edwards was the first to finish, making it 2-0 after a straight-set win. Andrey Smirnov was next at No. 4, taking another sweep.

That set the stage for senior Grant Fleming at the No. 3 position. He finished off a 6-1, 6-1 victory, breaking IUPUI for the dual win.

“It came down to guys like Conner Edwards, Andrey Smirnov and our No. 2 doubles, and I couldn’t be more proud of those guys,” head coach Kendell Hale said.

Fleming also registered his 19th win of the season, breaking the school record for wins in a year. The five UMKC seniors closed out their careers with three consecutive tournament crowns and four consecutive regular-season titles.

“Quality guys, that’s all I can say,” Hale said of his seniors. “They have more heart than I’ve ever had on any team and it’s just amazing to work with those guys.”

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