Mizzou Tennis Takes Frustration Out on No. 62 Virginia Tech

Saturday, Feb. 25 –

After getting roughed up by host Minnesota on Friday, the Missouri women’s tennis team had to turn around quickly and face No. 62 Virginia Tech Saturday night in Minneapolis.

Mizzou pummeled the Hokies 6-1, erasing the frustrations from Friday’s match. The win is the Tigers’ second against a ranked opponent this season and improves their record to 5-4.

Missouri prevailed in each doubles match to earn the first point. The pairs of Nina Pantic and Jamie Mera and Annemijn Koenen and Rachel Stuhlmann were both forced to go extra games before pulling out their respective matches 9-7. Alex Clark and Ashleigh Chiaf held serve to win 8-6 at No. 3 doubles.

Pantic secured a victory in three sets at No. 1 singles 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. It was her fourth three-set duel of the year.

Ranked No. 78 in the country, Stuhlmann continued her dominance with a straight-set win at No. 2 singles. Maria Christensen, Mera and Clark followed suit and triumphed at No. 3,4 and 5 singles. Koenen served as the lone Tiger loss, dropping the No. 6 singles match 6-3, 6-4.

The non-conference schedule is formatted in a way that allows teams to play two matches in a weekend. Missouri has taken advantage of the second matches, going 3-0 thus far. Two of the three have come directly after losses.

The drubbing of Virginia Tech is an example of the Tigers’ resilience to bounce back and end the weekends on a high note.

Mizzou returns home for a two-week break before hosting the Gold and Black Alumni Challenge at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10. Big 12 plays lurks the week after, putting the Tigers’ resiliency to the test against familiar foes.

– RJ Layton
23 Sports
Staff Writer