Chance Sticklen 23 Sports

With only two matches left to go in SEC play, the Mizzou tennis team is still in search for their first conference win. On Thursday, the Tigers traveled east to Knoxville to square off against No. 31 Tennessee. The Volunteers were too strong for the Tigers though, handing Mizzou a 4-0 loss, their 12th straight in SEC play.

The Volunteers were the Tigers 14th ranked opponent in the team’s last 16 court appearances.

Play started in doubles where the Vols had most of the momentum, defeating the Tigers in two of the three finished matches to take the doubles point, 1-0. No. 56 Kaitlin Staines and Ariadna Riley (UT) closed out Clare Raley and Marta Oliveira (MU), 6-4. The other victory for the Vols came in match two, where Sadie Hammond and Gabby Schuck defeated Amina Ismail and Serena Nash, 7-5.

In singles play the Tigers were able to capture victories in just the No. 1 and No. 6 matches, allowing Tennessee to pick up the singles point. The Vols were able to secure wins at the 3, 4 and 5 spots to claim the victory.

Singles results:

Sadie Hammond (UT) vs. Serena Nash (MU), 4-6, 6-0, 1-0, suspended

Elizabeth Profit (UT) vs. Mackenzy Middlebrooks (MU), 6-3, 3-2, suspended

Ariadna Riley (UT) def. Taylor Gruber (MU), 6-2, 6-3

Kaitlin Staines (UT) def. Clare Raley (MU), 6-2, 6-4

Gabby Schuck (UT) def. Ellie Wright (MU), 6-2, 6-4

Marta Oliveira (MU) vs. Johanna Silva (UT), 4-6, 6-2, suspended

Mizzou only has one shot left to avoid going winless in the SEC. The Tigers are scheduled to face No. 8 Georgia on April 10 at 10 a.m.