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Aaron Carter, 23 Sports Reporter
Mizzou tennis (10-5, 1-3 SEC) dropped its third conference match of the young season on Friday, losing to Mississippi State (9-4, 2-3 SEC) 4-0.
Mizzou quickly lost the doubles point, which has been crucial in Tigers’ victories so far this year, and promptly was defeated three times in singles play, resulting in a sweep.
Junior Amina Ismail and senior Bea Machado Santos lost at the number one doubles spot 6-3, and freshman Tate Schroeder and senior Cassidy Spearman lost at the number two spot 6-2.
Santos and Spearman were also defeated at the number one and two spots, respectively, in the singles arena. Santos lost to the 57th-ranked singles player in the nation, Jasmine Lee, 6-0, 6-1 at the number one spot. Spearman lost to Lisa Marie Rioux 6-1, 6-1.
Junior Clare Raley was the other loss in singles play. Raley, at the number six spot, lost 6-1, 6-3 to Sara Lizariturry.
Freshmen Schroeder and Mackenzy Middlebrooks fought hard in their individual singles matches; Middlebrooks won her first set 6-0 at the number five slot and Schroeder was in a tight first set at the number three spot, with the score at 6-7, but both of their matches were cut short once Mississippi State clinched the dual.
Mizzou’s SEC schedule won’t get any easier, as they face nationally ranked Ole Miss (No. 25) at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Ole Miss lost their last match to another nationally ranked SEC team, No. 15 Arkansas, 4-0.