Mizzou tennis gets signature win over Texas A&M

Mizzou tennis gets signature win over Texas A&M

Photo courtesy of Emily Nevils/The Maneater

Erik Kase, 23 Sports Reporter

After a close loss at Arkansas last Friday, Mizzou tennis hosted a critical matchup against the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies. It came down to the final match, but the Tigers pulled off the upset, winning the match 4-3. This is the highest ranked team Missouri has defeated in program history.

Missouri started slowly, losing the first two doubles matches. Senior Cassidy Spearman and freshman Tate Schroeder won the final match of the dual session 5-2. Texas A&M won the dual point, forcing Missouri to win four of the six singles matches to come out victorious.

The singles matches were a complete turnaround for the Tigers. Although Brianna Lashway was defeated in the first match, Missouri rebounded and won the next three matches. Bea Machado Santos defeated No. 85 Rutja Bhosale in three sets. Cassidy Spearman defeated her opponent 6-4, 6-2. Tate Schroeder won the third singles match in a row for the Tigers by winning the last two sets 6-4, 6-1.

Amina Ismail could not wrap it up for the Tigers in match five, so it would be up to freshman Mackenzy Middlebrooks to win the match for Mizzou.

The final match was a fitting end to a great battle. Middlebrooks dropped the first set to Eva Paalma 4-6. In the second set, however, momentum swung in favor of the Tigers. Middlebrooks endured a grueling 14-point tiebreaker and emerged victorious to set up a winner-take-all third and final set.

Middlebrooks was forced to come from behind in this set as well after falling behind 1-3. Middlebrooks caught fire and won five straight games to emerge victorious 6-3 while also giving the Tigers the 4-3 dual victory over the Aggies.

Mizzou will look to take the momentum from this epic battle into another conference matchup. The Tigers will face off against the LSU Tigers on Sunday, March 12, at the Mizzou Tennis Complex. The match is set to begin at 10 a.m.