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After starting the season strong with a 8-2 record, the Tigers edge closer to SEC play as their level of competition continues to increase with a match against Memphis yesterday. Though the Tigers battled all the way to the end, they could not quite close it out as Memphis ended up taking a close 4-3 victory.

Missouri doubles play continued to dominate as they came out of the gate strong with two doubles victories. The number 58 doubles team in the nation, and Mizzou’s number one team, of Serena Nash and Gabrielle Goldin defeated Memphis’ Laura Bente and Aran Teixido Garcia 6-2. The Tigers got a second victory from their number two doubles team of Elys Ventura and Ellie Wright. They defeated Memphis’ Katherine Cao and Alisha Reayer by a close score of 6-4.

The Tigers did not fare as well in singles as they did doubles. The only victories for Mizzou came from Nash and Wright, who both had two wins on the day. At the number one spot, Nash defeated Memphis’ Alisha Reayer in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. At the number two spot for the Tigers, Wright also took a victory in straight sets over Laura Bente 6-4, 6-4. At the number four spot, Marta Oliviera fought hard for the Tigers after dropping the first set 1-6, she won the second set 7-5, but ended up dropping the third set 3-6 giving Memphis the win.

Mizzou will stay in Minnesota and take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday before heading back to Columbia.