Missouri tennis comes up short against Ole Miss

Missouri tennis comes up short against Ole Miss

Photo courtesy of Emily Nevils/The Maneater

Madeline Boccardi, 23 Sports Reporter

Mizzou tennis (10-6, 1-4 SEC) battled hard, but came up short against Ole Miss (11-5, 2-3 SEC) on Sunday. The Tigers won the doubles point for the first time in conference play this season and had control of a pair of singles matches, but couldn’t hold off the Rebels, losing 4-1.

The Tigers’ top doubles pairings turned in dominant performances. Senior Bea Machado Santos and junior Amina Ismail defeated the No. 33 pairing of Arianne Hartono and Anna Vrbenska 6-3. This was the seventh victory for the pair and the first against a ranked pairing.

After winning the first doubles match, Missouri turned to senior Cassidy Spearman and freshman Tate Schroeder. Both teams battled hard but Ole Miss came back and tied the match at 5-5. But Spearman and Schroeder flipped a switch and snatched the next two games to give Mizzou its first doubles point of conference play. The win gives Spearman and Schroeder six wins as a doubles team.

The Tigers started to fall short in singles play. Schroeder was taking care of business at No. 3 and seemed to be on her way to her team-leading 11th singles win of the spring, but ran out of time as Ole Miss clinched the dual win, Schroeder was winning her match 6-4, 5-3. Freshman Mackenzy Middlebrooks won her first set, but her match was also cut short during the second set.

The Tigers return home to the Mizzou Tennis Complex looking for a conference win against No. 21 South Carolina on Friday at 5 p.m.