The Mizzou tennis team had it’s first win over the Witchita State shockers since 2013 on Wednesday afternoon in Wichita, Kan. The closely fought battle resulted in the Tigers victory in four of five singles matches, improving the team to a 6-1 record.


Sophomore Ellie Wright stepped up first with a tied score of 2-2, dropping the first set but continuing on to be victorious in the second, which set up a forceful third set. The final match resulted in a tiebreak, where Wright dominated the final three points to result in a 5-7, 6-2,7-6 (6) victory over No. 4 at singles, LingWei Kong. This was Wright’s seventh win in seven matches this season and awarded the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Freshman Vivien Abraham seized the Missouri victory with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Alexandra Lazarova. Junior Mackenzyz Middlebrooks continued the streak in singles as she dismissed Sandra Honigova, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 1 position. Mizzou later clinched a 2-1 lead when junior Serena Nash beat Esther Thebault at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 7-5. The Shockers gained some leverage at No. 3, where Marta Bellucco defeated freshman Lisa Fukutoku 7-6 (4), 6-3 before Mizzou claimed the final two matches of the day.


Both Middlebrooks and Wright clinched their sixth doubles win of the season with a 6-2 defeat over Witchita State’s Esther Thebault and Sarvinoz Saidhujeava at No. 1. The Shockers Ting-Ya Hsu and LingWei Kong took the doubles point at No. 2 and No. 3 with a victory over sophomore Marta Oliveria and Abraham at No. 3, and Sandra Honigova and Marta Bellucco outlasted juniors Gabrielle Goldin and Nash in a tense match, 7-6 (3) at No. 2 play.


Catch the Tigers next weekend in Memphis, Tenn., for two matches. Mizzou takes on the Tigers of Memphis on Friday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. CT, followed by a match against Minnesota on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m.