Tennis drops seventh match in a row; loses to No. 20 Kentucky

By David Rothchild, 23 Sports

Sunday, March 22-

The No. 20 Wildcats easily topped the Missouri women’s tennis team in a 6-1 thrashing, handing the Tigers their ninth loss in ten meets.

March has not been kind to Mizzou, as the Tigers have dropped every match in the month and extended their losing streak to seven straight.

A silver lining for Missouri, however, was a lone victory by junior Kelli Hine, as she defeated No. 85 Nadia Ravita in three sets (6-3, 0-6, 6-3).

Along with her win against No. 42 Georgiana Patrasc of Mississippi State on September 20, 2014, Hine has now beaten two ranked opponents.

The victory over Ravita improves Hine’s spring singles record to 9-9, tying her with teammate Cassidy Spearman for the most singles wins on the team.

The second of Kentucky’s ranked singles faired much better though, as No. 111 Mami Adachi cruised past Brianna Lashway (6-4, 6-1).

Adachi is now 6-1 in conference play and 15-2 overall.

Adachi continued her dominance in doubles play when her and fellow teammate Aldila Sutjiadi obliterated the pair of Spearman and Lashway (8-1).

Sutjiadi and Spearman then met at singles, with Sutjiadi coming out victorious (6-3, 6-3).

The Wildcats clinched the victory at No. 3 singles after senior Kelsey Dieters took care of Beatriz Machado Santos (6-4, 6-4).

Kentucky went on to win the final two matches in straight sets, keeping Mizzou absent from the win column in SEC competition.

The Tigers chance to grab their first conference win comes against Tennessee when they take on the Volunteers in Columbia on Friday at 5 p.m.