Florida Spoils Mizzou Tennis’ SEC Opener

Mike Bonomo has the coverage as the Tigers hosted the No. 4 ranked Gators.

Friday, March 1-

The defending women’s tennis national champions, the No. 4 Florida Gators, came to Columbia, Mo., with the intentions of extend their winning streak to four matches. The team did just that as it defeated the No. 71 Missouri Tigers 6-1.

Things did not start off well for the Tigers as they got swept in the doubles matches. The No. 1 dynamic duo, Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Elisha Gabb, fell 8-5 to the Gators’ No. 15 doubles team in the nation, Lauren Embree and Sofie Oyen. Florida’s Danielle Collins and Olivia Janowicz also overpowered Rachel Stuhlmann and Maria Christiansen 8-5, and Florida secured the doubles point.

Singles was the same story as Florida controlled the rest of the match.

The No. 107 singles player in the nation, Gaytan-Leach, suffered her first loss of the season to the No. 1 player, Lauren Embree 6-2, 6-1.

Four of the six Florida singles players are ranked in the top 80 in the nation, and they all dominated their matches. The four players only gave up a total of 14 games and swept every match.

Mizzou’s only point of the night came from the No. 4 singles position Maria Christensen as she pulled out a hard fought 6-2, 6-4 battle.

The Tigers fall to 0-1 in SEC play and 6-2 overall while the Gators improve to 1-0 in the SEC and 7-1 overall.

Mizzou looks to avenge its loss earlier in the season to the No. 43 South Carolina Gamecocks at home at the Green Tennis Center with the first serve set for 10 a.m. Sunday.

-Alex Farkas
Staff Writer