Brendan Lavell, 23 Sports

Monday, February 8—

The Mizzou tennis team squared off against St. Louis and Missouri State on Saturday, winning both matches to raise its record to 6-0.

The Tigers beat the Billikens by a score of 4-3 Saturday morning before sweeping the Lady Bears later that day. Both matches took place at the Mizzou Tennis Complex in Columbia.

The Tigers kicked off their first match by picking up the crucial doubles point. Senior Kelli Hine and junior Bea Machado Santos, ranked 56th in the nation, beat juniors Eleonore and Verginie Tchakarova, 6-2. Sophomore Clare Raley and freshman Turner Yates did not drop a game in defeating seniors Kelsey King and Natalia Yacaman.

Mizzou then split its first four matches with the Billikens, picking up wins from Santos (6-2, 6-2) and Hine (3-6, 6-4, 6-0). Eleonore Tchakarova and senior Madison Cook were victorious for St. Louis.

The Tigers were one point from clinching the victory going into the fifth singles match with Raley set to square off against King. Raley won the first set 6-3, then prevailed in a tightly contested second set 7-5.

Mizzou’s tightest match against Missouri State came when Hine and Santos defeated seniors Ema Turudija and Miranda Poile, 6-4. Junior Brittany Lashway and sophomore Brianna Lashway clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 victory over freshmen Phoebe Boeschen and Faty Khamissi.

The Tigers then dominated singles play as all six Tigers won their matches in straight sets. Of those 12 sets, only one even reached 6-3, when Yates defeated Khamissi 6-2, 6-3.

Mizzou now faces a busy week hosting three teams over the course of three days. The TIgers will put their perfect record on the line against Kansas State on Wednesday, before going on to play Wichita State on Thursday and Brigham Young on Friday.

Photo courtesy of www.mutigers.com.