Auburn Surges by Mizzou Tennis

Sunday, April 7-

The Missouri tennis team finished off the home season on Sunday with a disappointing loss to No. 23 Auburn, 4-1.

Playing their fourth straight match in St. Louis instead of Columbia, the Tigers of Missouri were looking for an upset win in the final match in the state of Missouri for the season. Auburn would have none of it however, as it was able to clamp down on Mizzou for the easy victory.

Auburn’s No. 2 doubles team of Jackie Kasler and Emily Flickinger dispatched the Missouri pair of Maria Christensen and Rachel Stuhlmann 8-4. Then at No. 3 doubles Auburn again was victorious as Jen Pfeifler and Paulina Schippers breezed to an 8-2 victory over Elisha Gabb and Madison Rhyner to clinch the doubles point.

Pleun Burgmans, the No. 36 ranked player in the nation, took on junior Cierra Gaytan-Leach at No. 1 singles, and cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory to push Auburn’s lead to 2-0.

Shortly after, the lead would be three as Kasler beat Alex Clark in straight sets, by scores of 6-1 and 6-4.

Rhyner was finally able to get Mizzou on the board at No. 6 singles with back-to-back 6-4 sets over Plamena Kurteva of Auburn.

Missouri couldn’t capitalize though, as Flickinger put Stuhlmann away not much later 6-3, 6-3 to finish off the win for Auburn.

Mizzou will finish the regular season next weekend on the road with two more matches. The Tigers will hit the court to face Ole Miss at 3 p.m. Friday in Oxford, Miss.

-Mike Bonomo
Staff Writer
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