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On Monday, the Tigers took on the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks in a doubleheader. Mizzou played excellent tennis as they defeated the Redhawks in both matches to improve to 8-2 on the season.

During the first match, the Tigers continued their dominance in doubles with both the number two and three doubles teams recording quick wins. At number two, the Mizzou team of Vivien Ábrahám and Ellie Wright defeated SEMO’s Vivian Lai and Manuela Barriga 6-2. At the number three spot, Marta Oliveira and Lisa Fukutoku took on Maja Lundell and Grace Powderly out of SEMO and didn’t give up a game on the way to a 6-0 victory.

Singles went just as smoothly for the Tigers. To start things off, Ellie Wright defeated Romana Tarajova by a score of 6-3, 6-2 at the number two singles spot. From there, Marta Oliveira took over at the number four spot as she took on Manuela Barriga and put another tally in the win column for Mizzou at the number four spot as she won in straight sets 6-1, 7-5. To put Mizzou over the top, at the number one spot Serena Nash fought back after dropping the first set against Kseniya Zonova to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

In the second match, Mizzou again came out strong in doubles. They recorded wins by all three doubles teams. The number one doubles team, which is currently ranked 58th in the nation, of Serena Nash and Gabrielle Goldin defeated SEMO’s team of Kseniya Zonova and Romana Tarajova 7-5. At the number two spot, Elys Ventura and Ellie Wright easily defeated Manuela Barriga and Vivian Lai by a score of 6-0. Finally, the number three doubles team of Marta Oliveira and Lisa Fukutoku took on Grace Powderly and Maja Lundell and took an easy 6-1 victory.

The win streak continued for the Tigers as the Redhawks withdrew from the number five and six spots, which meant Mizzou only needed one more singles victory to win. Marta Oliveira handed them that victory as she defeated Maja Lundell from SEMO in straight sets by a score of 6-2, 6-0. On the day, Oliveira went 2-0 in both singles and doubles.

Next up, Mizzou travels to Minneapolis to take on Memphis on Saturday and Minnesota on Sunday. SEC competition is also right around the corner as they play Mississippi State on February 28.