Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

Heading into Thursday’s match against No. 10 South Carolina, the Mizzou tennis team had dropped their last seven SEC matchups, all against Top-50 opponents. For the eighth straight week, the Tiger squad couldn’t get it done, falling to Gamecocks, who picked up their 14th win of the season, 4-0. Mother nature brought upon a nice enough day to host the matchup outside.

The doubles matches kicked things off in the earlier stages of the day. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Gamecocks managed to sail right past in the doubles, sweeping all three matches, but clinching matches one and two to claim the doubles point. In match one, Hadley Berg and Paige Cline (SC) defeated Marta Oliveira and Clare Raley (MIZ), 6-3. Match two featured Amina Ismail and Serena Nash of Mizzou up against I. Gamarra Martins and Mia Horvit. MU only managed to win one of the games, handing the Gamecocks their second doubles match, 6-1, giving them a 1-0 heading into the singles matches.

The Gamecocks weren’t backing off. As the sun began to set, South Carolina kept the pressure on, taking the first sets on every court. Of the three matches that finished, South Carolina rallied behind each of them, capping off the teams outstanding performance against the host Tigers.

Singles:

  1. Gamarra Martins (SC) defeated Serena Nash (MIZ), 6-2, 6-2

Mia Horvit (SC) defeated Taylor Gruber (MIZ), 6-2, 6-3

Hadley Berg (SC) defeated Mackenzy Middlebrooks (MIZ), 6-3, 5-0, Unfinished

Paige Cline (SC) defeated Amina Ismail (MIZ), 6-2, 4-3, Unfinished

Megan Davies (SC) defeated Ellie Wright (MIZ), 6-0, 6-2

Rachel Rohrabacher (SC) defeated Clare Raley (MIZ), 6-3, 5-3, Unfinished

The Tigers have a short turnaround, as the team travels south to Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, March 31 to face the No. 12 Florida Gators. The matchup is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.