Aaron Carter, 23 Sports

Sunday, February 26—

Mizzou tennis had its long-awaited home opener on Saturday against Louisiana Tech, and it was well worth the wait for the Tigers. Mizzou took a 5-2 win over the Bulldogs, extending the Tigers’ win streak to five matches in a row.

The Tigers continued their dominance in doubles play, winning all three doubles courts; the Tigers have now won the doubles point in nine of the last 11 matches. The senior duo at the number two spot of Bea Machado Santos and Cassidy Spearman won their seventh straight doubles match, winning 6-4. The duo has yet to lose a doubles match this year.

Junior Amina Ismail and freshman Tate Schroeder won their second match as a duo at the number three spot, 6-2. The number one pairing of junior Brianna Lashway and junior Clare Raley won a close match 7-6 (5).

The three wins from doubles play set the Tigers up well for the singles events, and the Tigers capitalized on it. Schroeder got the ball rolling with her eighth win of the year, a team best, winning 6-1, 6-1.

Santos took over at the number two spot as well, winning 6-3, 6-4. This win gave Santos three consecutive wins in single play. Santos is undefeated since taking over the number two spot in the rotation.

Spearman was the big story, as she came back to win the deciding match after losing the initial set 0-6. She stormed back in the second set to win 6-1. She fell behind in the third set, at one point trailing 2-5, before coming back and winning five consecutive games to take the deciding set. Spearman’s record is now 12-2 this spring, tying Schroeder for the best record on the team.

Mizzou will now begin conference play after its strong non-conference start. The Tigers will face rival Arkansas on Friday. The first serve is set to start at 5 p.m.