Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

Mizzou tennis clobbered the Radford Highlanders 4-0 at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg, Virginia Saturday, a positive finish to a day that got off to a rough start with a 4-2 loss to Virginia Tech.

The Tigers were clearly ready from the get-go to take out their frustration on the Highlanders. In the first doubles match, Mackenzie Middlebrooks and Ellie Wright shutout Jeanine Acierto and Lilly Ellick 6-0. Serena Nash and Clare Raley then clinched the doubles point for Mizzou with a 6-4 victory over Natalie Sayer and Tyler Blalock. Drousile Dzeubou and Lotti Meszaros got Radford their only win of the event, defeating Mizzou’s Amina Ismail and Taylor Gruber 6-4.

In the singles matches, Mizzou was even more dominant. Mackenzy Middlebrooks blanked Lotti Meszaros in straight sets of 6-0. Ally Noback followed that performance up with a victory over Lilly Ellick, 6-2, 6-3. Mizzou clinched the victory with Serena Nash dropping Drousile Dzeubou 6-1, 6-3.

With the rout completed, three matches were suspended, all with the Tigers up by one set. Ellie Wright was tied with Natalie Sayer 3-3 in the second set after winning the first 6-4. Taylor Gruber won her first set against Tyler Blalock, 7-5, and was up 5-4 in the second. And Clare Raley was behind 3-4 to Jeanine Acierto after winning the first set 6-4.

The win was a bright spot in a day that gave Mizzou its first loss of the season, as the Tigers improved to 6-1 on the year. Missouri returns home to Columbia next Saturday, February 10th, to take on Tulane and South Dakota State. The Tigers face the Green Wave at 11 a.m. and the Jackrabbits at 3 p.m.