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Joe Ward, 23 Sports

Sunday, April 24—

After tying the best start of the program’s history in early February, the Tigers’ season was ended with their loss in the SEC tournament. Mizzou ended its season with an overall record of 16-12 and a 3-10 conference record.

The 16 wins put this year’s team fourth in program history in single season wins. This year’s Tigers also took a top rank in program history with their three conference wins marking the most SEC wins since Mizzou switched to the league in 2012.

While three wins does not seem like much to bat an eye at, it is an impressive feat for Tigers considering they are in a conference in which 9 of the 14 teams sit in the top 25 in the nation. Mizzou was able to defeat Ole Miss, Tennessee and Alabama in SEC play this year.

However, this season might not be over for all Tigers as junior Bea Machado Santos can possibly be selected for the NCAA individual field tournament. Currently ranked No. 53 in the nation Santos has a chance to be the first Missouri Tiger to be selected for the individual tournament in more than a decade.

The Tigers should have hope moving into next year because while they lose a consistent player in senior Kelli Hine, juniors Santos, Brittany Lashway and Cassidy Spearman could very well take this team to another historic season.

Mizzou tennis will begin its fall season in September with the annual Mizzou Invite.

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