Mitchell Soell, 23 Sports

Sunday, January 29—

Mizzou tennis started off their season with a win in a dual meet against Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Colt Gaston earned his first as head coach of the tennis team. Freshman Tate Schroeder and junior Clare Raley led the way as both finished with wins in their singles and doubles matches.

In the doubles portion, the Tigers won back-to-back matches quickly, starting with the duo of Raley and senior Bea Machado Santos. The pairing started strong and did not back down from their competition, pulling off a 6-3 victory. The doubles teams’ success did not stop there, as the duo of senior Cassidy Spearman and Schroeder won their match 7-5, continuing their streak of four consecutive victories which stretches back to the fall season.

When it came to singles play, the depth of Mizzou was too much for Old Dominion as the Tigers won three matches at the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions to take the victory in both the doubles and singles. Junior Amina Ismail had an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over Old Dominion’s Adriana Rajkovic. This win gives Ismail 16 victories, which leads the team, and a total of 104 over her illustrious college career. Ismail now has a 7-3 singles play record.

Another impressive victory on the day came from Raley. Raley received her second victory on the day with a win over Old Dominion’s Natalya Malenko, 6-1, 6-2. This win would give Raley a 2-0 start to begin the 2017 season.

Schroeder clinched the match with a victory over Eliska Petrackova, 6-1, 6-2. This victory gave Schroeder the fifth singles victory of her young career, giving her 10 total wins in both plays.

Mizzou will look to continue this winning momentum as they return to the courts Monday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. CST when it faces No. 8 California. The winner will go on to the ITA National Indoor Championships.