Bradley Davis, 23 Sports

Lexington, KY: Coming off their worst loss of the season, 7-0 to the No. 6 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores, the Tigers dropped their second game in a row to an SEC squad this past Sunday, losing to Kentucky 4-1. With the loss, Mizzou falls to 0-2 in the SEC, but retains solid 10-3 overall record due to their strong out of conference play so far this season.

Vanderbilt took an early advantage by clinching the doubles point before the third match even finished. Justina Mikulskyte and Akvile Parazinskaite defeated Mackenzy Middlebrooks and Ellie Wright, 6-0, and Lesedi Jacobs and Tiphanie Fiquet beat Lisa Fukutoku and Marta Oliveira, 6-2.

The singles matches didn’t go much better for Missouri, with the exception of one. The highlight of the day for the Tigers was the singles performance of junior Mackenzy Middlebrooks. She took care of business against Kentucky’s top dog in the No. 1 singles, defeating the 47th ranked Justina Mikulskte in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. With the win, Middlebrooks racked up her 11th singles victory in just 13 matches.

The other Tigers did not fair close to as well, with no Tiger winning a single set. Though she did not win her match, Mizzou freshman and Japan native Lisa Fukutoku put up a good fight in the No. 3 singles match against Lesedi Jacobs, pushing the first set to 6 all before falling 7-6.

Next: The Tigers continue their streak of in-conference play at the Mizzou Tennis complex March 8th against South Carolina and again March 10th against Florida in the hopes of improving upon their slow start in the SEC.