Emerson Stephens, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tiger tennis team took the courts Sunday against Alabama with hopes of snapping a 10 game losing streak. Despite a strong start, the team eventually fell to the Crimson Tide by a score of 4-2.

The doubles event saw the Tigers come out on top as they won the first two matches to secure the first point. Mackenzy Middlebrooks and Ellie Wright got things started off with a bang, defeating their opponents 6-1. They were followed by Amina Ismail and Serena Nash, who won their second doubles game in a row and officially got the Tigers the point. This was only the second time in their last five matches the Tigers won in doubles. Clare Raley and Marta Olivera were tied in their doubles game 4-4 but stopped early after the team had already won the point.

When the contest moved to the singles matches the Crimson Tide got on a roll. Taylor Gruber, Serena Nash, and Amina Ismail all fell in the first three singles matches. Ismail won her first game but ended up falling in a pair of close games to follow. Mackenzy Middlebrooks kept the Tiger hope alive as she won her match to make the score 3-2. This was Middlebrooks’ 20th singles win on the season. Following that, Ellie Wright lost her own match with scores of 7-5 and 6-4 to give the victory to Alabama. Clare Raley was winning her match that ended up being suspended.

The team will be back on the road to play No. 31 Tennessee on Thursday when they will once again look to snap their losing skid.