No. 6 Georgia too much for Tiger Tennis

By Ben Burke, 23 Sports

Sunday, March 29 –

Still looking for their first conferences win of the season, the Missouri tennis team was shut out by the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs 6-0.

This match was simply a case of one team having too much talent for the other.

The Bulldogs had five nationally ranked players in their lineup compared to Missouri’s zero.

Georgia showed off their advantage in talent by winning each singles match in straight sets. The Tigers were held to three or fewer games won in 11 of the 12 sets.

The only Tiger to get close to winning a set was sophomore Brittany Lashway.

At the four singles spot, Lashway forced Georgia’s only unranked player, freshman Mariana Gould, to win a seventh game in the second set.

After putting up a good fight, Lashway fell to Gould 6-0, 7-5.

Georgia’s most dominating performance came at the two singles spot. Missouri sophomore Cassidy Spearman was barely able to avoid the double bagel as No. 58 Bulldog Kennedy Shaffer controlled every aspect of the match, winning 6-1, 6-0.

The loss drops the Tigers to 8-13 on the season, and 0-9 in SEC play. Missouri has four chances left to pick up a conference win this season.

Getting a win will be a tall task for the Tigers, with their next four opponents all ranked in the top 50 in the country.

Missouri will be home again on for its next two matches on Friday 3 and Sunday. The Tigers host No. 15 Texas A&M Friday at 5 p.m. and No. 41 LSU Sunday at noon.

Missouri then hits the road the following weekend against No. 49 Auburn and No. 9 Alabama.

The Tigers will need to win at least two of these matchups and get some help to avoid finishing last in the SEC this season.