Mizzou tennis has tough time in season opening tournament

Seth Pollock, 23 Sports Reporter

The Mizzou tennis season got off to a rough start this weekend at The Puerto Rico Fall Classic, with the Tigers falling in six of their nine doubles contests against Vanderbilt, Georgia, and Clemson, and in 21 of their 22 singles matches against the same schools.

The tournament was played at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia due to the impact of Hurricane Irma.

The Tiger’s most successful day was their first, as sophomore Mackenzy Midlebrooks combined with senior Clare Raley for a 6-3 win over Vanderbilt’s Emma Kurtz and Amanda Meyer. A pair of freshmen notched Mizzou’s second win of the day, with Ellie Wright and Ally Noback defeating Commodores Summer Dvorak and Payton Robinette, also by the score of 6-3.

The Tigers lost all five of their singles matches against Georgia on Friday in two sets. Mizzou freshman Ally Noback played the Tigers’ lone singles match against Vanderbilt of the day, pushing Payton Robinette to three sets but falling 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.

Day two was worse for the Tigers, as Mizzou went winless in three doubles matches against Georgia, 0-6 in singles matches against Vanderbilt, and 1-4 in singles matches against Clemson. The bright spot of the day, that one win, came from freshman Tiger Ellie Wright, who bested Clemson Tiger Daniela Ruiz, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

On the third and final day of the tournament freshman Marta Oliveira and sophomore Serena Nash were able to pick up Mizzou’s third doubles win of the weekend, beating Clemson’s pair of Sydney Riley and Tate Schroeder 6-4. Vanderbilt and Clemson each picked up a doubles win over Mizzou. The Tigers’ singles futility continued, with not one of the Mizzou women able to bring any of the five matches with Vanderbilt to a third set.

All in all, Mizzou went 3-6 in doubles matches for the weekend and and 1-21 in singles matches.

The Tigers first chance to right the ship comes Thursday through Saturday at the Mizzou Tennis Complex for their own tournament, the Mizzou Tennis Invitational, where the Tigers will take on Wichita State, Kansas State and Memphis and singles and doubles matches.