Clark leads the way with four wins at the Bulldog Tennis Classic

Tennis First

By Ben Burke, 23 Sports

Sunday, October 12-

After winning 22 of 33 matches at the Mizzou Invite, the Tigers sent senior Alex Clark and freshman Brianna Lashway to the Bulldog Tennis Classic in Athens, Georgia.

Clark performed well, winning three of her four singles matches, while Lashway and the pair of the two went 1-2.

Friday started off on a positive note for Missouri in singles play, as a first round bye for Lashway and a first round win over Libscomb freshman Melissa Kromer (7-5, 6-2) for Clark along with a bye for Lashway had both singles players in the round of 16.

That was as far as either of them would make it, however, as both Clark and Lashway would fall later that day in singles to a pair of Wisconsin Badgers. Clark lost a tight two-setter to junior Lauren Chypyha (7-5, 7-5) and Lashway dropped two sets after winning the first against sophomore Maria Avgerinos (4-6, 6-4, 6-2).

As a doubles team, Clark and Lashway had trouble immediatly, losing their first match of round robin play to Georgia freshmen Mariana Gould and Ellen Perez (8-6).

Saturday, day two of the tournament, went much better for Mizzou, as the pair went 3-0 overall and won their matches in dominating fashion.

On the singles side, Clark kicked off consolation play by shutting out Lipscomb senior Deanna Welcher (6-0, 6-0). Lashway also picked up a straight set win, defeating Lipscomb freshman Kathryn Evans (6-3, 6-1).

The pair’s dominance of Lipscomb Saturday did not end there. On the doubles side, the two thrashed Welcher and junior Lorena Djuknic (8-1).

Sunday saw Clark pick up Missouri’s only win once again, as they went 1-2 overall on the day.

Clark took down yet another Lipscomb opponent, taking down sophomore Laura Kent (6-0, 6-4).

Lashway fell Sunday in another tight battle with a Wisconsin Badger, losing this time to sophomore Sydney Rider (3-6, 6-4, 6-2). The duo lost their final match to SEC opponents Mia King and Hannah King of Georgia (8-3).

Following the tournament, Clark’s singles record is 6-1 this season, Lashway’s singles record is 3-3, and as a doubles pair they are 5-3.

Mizzou’s next tournament is the ITA Central Regionals in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Oct. 17. The Tigers will be sending Lashway’s sister Brittany along with junior Kelli Hine.