Madeline Boccardi, 23 Sports Reporter
On a gorgeous afternoon for senior day, Missouri (10-12) fought hard against the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs (16-3) but fell 4-0 despite playing several close matches. The Tigers competed in third sets in three singles matches against three ranked opponents, but ran out of time as Georgia clinched the match 4-0.
In doubles competition, Georgia came out strong and took the No. 2 and No. 3 matches to secure the point. Mizzou’s No. 17 doubles pairing of senior Bea Machado Santos and junior Amina Ismail were locked in a close match against Georgia’s No. 20 ranked pairing, but had to stop after the Bulldogs took the other two matches.
In singles, Mizzou received outstanding efforts from various players as the Tigers attempted to upset the No. 2 Bulldogs.
At No. 1, Santos seemed poised for a huge win on senior day against No. 28 Ellen Perez. Santos rebounded from dropping the first set to tie the match 4-6, 6-4. She carried the momentum from the second set into the third, taking three of the first four games, but came up short as the Bulldogs clinched the match during the final set with victories at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6.
At No. 2, freshman Tate Schroeder put on a performance, taking No. 11 Elena Christofi to three sets, 7-5, 4-6, before her match also had to be discarded at the beginning of the final set.
On court five, Ismail was locked in a close battle, dropping the first set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (6). In the second set, Ismail fought back, taking a 5-3 lead before the match was cut short yet again.
The Tigers will head onto the road to finish out the rest of the 2017 regular season. The Tigers will face Auburn on Friday, April 14, at 5 p.m.