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Tatyana Presley, 23 Sports Reporter
Mizzou tennis had plenty of momentum for their Sunday morning matchup against LSU, as the team was coming off one of the best performances in program history, a 4-3 upset over the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies on Friday. Mizzou (10-4, 1-2 SEC) fought hard against No. 29 LSU (9-4, 2-2 SEC) but ultimately fell 4-3.
Despite a great team effort, the Tigers fell short of the comeback. Mizzou got a pair of singles wins against ranked opponents from their senior co-captains and another victory from freshman Mackenzy Middlebrooks.
Mizzou was down 1-0 heading into singles play. Senior Bea Machado Santos took the No. 2 match 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 over No. 116 Joana Valle Costa, which helped set the tone for the match. Santos has six consecutive singles victories and three straight wins over ranked opponents. She is now 7-4 in singles matches this spring and a perfect 3-0 in SEC play.
Facing a 3-1 LSU lead, senior Cassidy Spearman earned career win No. 101, taking down No. 83 Ryann Foster. This was Spearman’s first victory over a ranked opponent this season, further improving her home singles record to 3-0 this year. Middlebrooks also came through with her seventh singles win of the year. She improved to 7-1 and 3-0 in conference play at No. 6. The win tied the dual score, 3-3. However, after a tremendous fight, Mizzou fell 4-3 to No. 29 LSU.
Mizzou will look to redeem themselves as they head for the road in upcoming matches. The Tigers are set to face No. 33 Mississippi State at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 17, and No. 23 Ole Miss the following Sunday, March 19, at noon.