Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers tennis team traveled to Baton Rouge on Saturday, still seeking their first conference win of the season. Standing in their way were the Tigers of LSU. Since opening up SEC play on March 2, the Tigers had dropped each of their four matchups, all against teams ranked in the top 50 (No. 27 Arkansas, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Kentucky and No. 42 Texas A&M). The fortune did not change for Mizzou on Saturday, and LSU handed them their fifth straight conference loss, 4-2.

LSU and Mizzou opened up with doubles matches first to start off the afternoon. The Tigers (LSU) smoked the Tigers (Mizzou), securing both of the doubles matches. Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson (LSU) kept Marta Oliveira and Clare Raley (MIZ) scoreless, winning 6-0. Amina Ismail and Serena Nash (MIZ) managed to win one of the games, but weren’t strong enough and fell to Ryann Foster and Kennan Johnson (LSU), 6-1.

Singles were almost no different for LSU. Mizzou only came away with two singles victories, thanks to wins from Ellie Wright over Kennan Johnson, 6-4, 6-2, and a shutout from Marta Oliveira (MIZ) against Ashton Rabalais (LSU), 6-0, 6-0. LSU controlled most of the momentum though, stealing the other four matches.

Mizzou welcomes their first non-ranked conference opponent, the Mississippi State Bulldogs to Columbia on Friday, March 23rd. Match scheduled to start at 5 p.m.