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On Friday, the women’s tennis team took on the Missouri State Bears and the Saint Louis University Billikens in a double header. After starting off the season with two wins, they continued their streak with two easy victories to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Mizzou started off strong in doubles with Vivien Ábrahám and Ellie Wright taking an easy 6-2 victory over Missouri State’s Anna Alons & Alyson Piskulic. At the number three doubles spot, Marta Oliveira & Elys Ventura took an even easier 6-0 victory over Missouri State’s Claire Martin & Mara Presot.

In singles, Serena Nash started off strong with a 6-2, 6-1 win at the number one spot over Missouri State’s Alye Darter. That streak continued with Ellie Wright. She defeated Anna Alons with a score of 6-0, 6-0. At the number four spot, Marta Oliveira defeated Ellie Burger by a score of 6-2, 6-2. With the win, Oliveira improved on her already impressive start to the season. She now has an overall record of 7-2.

Against Saint Louis University, the tigers once again started off strong in doubles with the number two doubles team of Vivien Ábrahám & Ellie Wright cruised to an easy 6-0 victory over SLU’s Cassie McKenzie & Ariana Rodriguez. At the number three spot, the team of Lisa Fukutoku & Elys Ventura took on and defeated Mariluz Rojo & Alana Bourgeois 6-2, putting the Tigers ahead by 2-0.

The Tigers continued their strong start with three victories. At the number two spot, Ellie Wright defeated Mika Misgav 6-4, 6-0. Vivien Ábrahám continued her strong day by adding a singles victory over Cassie McKenzie by a score of 6-0, 6-2 to her two doubles victories on the day. To finish things for the Tigers, Elys Ventura got off to a strong 6-0 start against SLU’s Ariana Rodriguez before Rodriguez retired with the second set score standing at 3-0.

After the two wins, coach Colt Gaston had a few words for his team.

“I was very proud of the team today,” said Gaston. “I felt like we got off to a great start in doubles in both matches and it carried over well in singles play. It’s not easy keeping our energy at a high level throughout doubleheaders and I felt like we raised the intensity and focus throughout the day against two solid teams. Thank you to the fans who came out to cheer us on today, we are so appreciative of your support. We are looking forward to continuing to build on our success from today, and get back at it on the road against Kansas State on Sunday.”

Next the Tigers will travel to Manhattan, Kansas on Sunday to take on the Kansas State Wildcats.