Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

Prior to Sunday’s match against Memphis, the Missouri Tigers tennis team was on fire, winning its last four matches, the most recent against Minnesota on Friday, 4-3. The Tigers were able to make it five straight on Sunday, topping Memphis, 4-2.

Mizzou came out strong in doubles, securing two of the three matches. Although, in doubles matches, two and three were kind to the Tigers, match 1, featuring No. 49 Clare Raley and Serena Nash up against No. 54 Hanna Sohn and Katherine Cao, ended 5-5, suspended.

Amina Ismail and Marta Oliveira (MIZ) defeated Claire Sullivan and Josephine Cao in doubles match 2, 6-4.

Mizzou continued fighting, coming away victorious in doubles match three, as Mackenzy Middlebrooks and Ellie Wright snagged their ninth doubles win in 10 dual matches this Spring season, 6-4. The victory for Mizzou clinched the doubles point.

Memphis and Mizzou each won 3 singles matches. For Mizzou, Amina Ismail was the top contender, securing a win over Memphis’s, Clare Sullivan, 6-0, 6-4.

Serena Nash (MIZ) fell to Hanna Sohn (MEM), 6-2, 6-1

Anika Wind (MEM) topped Marta Oliveira (MIZ), 6-2, 3-6, 7-5

Ellie Wright (MIZ) defeated Alisha Reayer (MEM), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Mackenzy Middlebrooks (MIZ) conquered a win over Laura Bente (MEM), 6-2, 7-5

Katherine Cao (MEM) and Clare Raley (MIZ), ended 5-6, suspended

The stats continue to shine for Middlebrooks, as she garnished her team-leading fourteenth consecutive singles win of the season. She also remains undefeated in dual matches this season at 8-0.

Coach Colt Gaston reflects on what he saw from his team, “I felt like we got off to a very solid start in doubles, and we continue to build there every match. In singles, we competed the right way and capitalized on the big points today”.

Missouri will face a trio of matches next weekend at home. First up, Wichita State on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m., then a doubleheader against Kansas State and UMKC on Feb. 25, beginning at 1 p.m.