Gaytan-Leach, Mizzou Tennis Holds Off Princeton

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With former tennis great, Helen Wilson, on its minds, the No. 52 Missouri tennis team defeated the Princeton Tigers 4-3 on Saturday.

During halftime of the Missouri basketball game, Wilson and other former student-athletes were inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. She will be the first-ever tennis inductee into MU’s Hall of Fame.

While she attended Missouri, Wilson was one of the top singles and doubles players ever for the Tigers.

Missouri’s No. 1 doubles team of junior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and sophomore Elisha Gabb tried to follow in Wilson’s footsteps as they posted an 8-5 win over Lindsay Graff and Amanda Muliawan.

The No. 2 doubles team did not disappoint either as the duo of senior Maria Christensen and junior Rachel Stuhlmann won decisively over Katherine Flanigan and Emily Hahn with an 8-4 victory.

Christensen gave the Tigers an early 2-0 lead as she defeated Monica Chow, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. The orange and black Tigers came back and picked up a point when Muliawan overwhelmed Stuhlmann at No. 2 singles. However, sophomore Alex Clark answered the call for Missouri as she took down Hahn during the No. 6 singles match.

With the 3-1 Missouri advantage, Princeton tied the match at 3-3 when they picked up wins at No. 3 and No. 5 singles. At No. 3, Gabb fell to Flanigan, 7-5, 7-5, while Rhyner came up short with a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Goepel.

With the match all tied up, it came down to the No. 1 singles event. After Gaytan-Leach and Graff split the first two sets, Gayten-Leach overpowered her opponent in the third set to give Mizzou the 4-3 victory.

The Missouri tennis team now improves to 4-1 on the spring season. The Tigers look to continue their success as the team hosts UMKC on Feb. 20 at the Green Tennis Center.

-Justin Frisch
23 Sports
Staff Writer