Mizzou Tennis Cannot Close Out Arkansas

 

By Claire Taylor, 23 Sports

Monday, March 17-

The Mizzou tennis team thought it had sealed a victory after jumping out to a 3-0 lead, but the Tigers would lose their final four singles matches, giving Arkansas the 4-3 victory.

In doubles play, the Tigers won the No. 1 and No. 2 matches, giving them an early lead. Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Rachel Stuhlmann dominated an 8-2 win at No. 1 play, while Madison Rhyner and Cassidy Spearman had a tougher match, but ultimately defeated the Razorbacks duo 8-6 at No. 2 play.

After spilitting the first two sets, Rhyner would turn up her game and win No. 4 singles 6-1,2-6,6-3. This win would give the Tigers a 3-0 advantage.

At No. 2 singles, Arkansas was able to get on the scoreboard as Kelli Hine fell 6-3, 6-4. The Razorbacks continued their momentum in No. 1 play when Gaytan-Leach could not outlast her competitor, falling 6-3,2-6, 6-3.

The match was tied 3-3 after Oleksandra Shkorupeieva beat Spearman in No. 5 play 6-3, 6-3.

It all came down to a winner-take-all match at No. 6 singles.

In the No. 6 singles match, Tracy Dong put up a fight against Arkansas’ Flavia Araujo. The first match went back and forth, forcing a tiebreaker that Araujo would win, 7-6 (8-6). After being down 4-1 in set two, Dong battled back to tie the score at 6-6. Araujo clinched the Arkansas victory by winning the final two games 7-6, (8-6), and 7-5.

The Tigers have yet to get a victory in SEC play, falling to 0-6 and 5-12 overall. Missouri will hope to gain momentum as it takes on Drake University on March 16.

The match starts at 6 p.m.