Tiger Tennis Falls to No. 4 Vanderbilt

Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

Mizzou faced what might have been their toughest test of the season thus far on Friday at the Mizzou Tennis Complex in the the No. 4 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores. After two plus doubles matches that made it look like Missouri could hang with Vandy, the Tigers dropped all four singles matches and were defeated 4-1.

Marta Oliveira and Clare Raley gave Missouri their first doubles victory, defeating Emma Kurtz and Emily Smith, 6-3. Amina Ismail and Serena Nash followed that up with a 6-4 win over Christina Rosca and Amanda Meyer to clinch the doubles point for the Tigers. Mizzou’s third doubles pair, Mackenzy Middlebrooks and Ellie Wright, held a 5-3 lead over Fernanda Contreras and Summer Dvorak when that match was suspended.

But when it came time for the singles matches, Vanderbilt dominated. No. 5 Fernanda Contreras destroyed Serena Nash in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. No. 98 Amanda Meyer beat down Ellie Wright 6-0, 6-3. In the finished matches, Amina Ismail got closest to winning a set for the Tigers. She fell 6-3 and then 7-6 to Summer Dvorak.

Mackenzy Middlebrooks was on an 18 match winning streak before going up against No. 27 Christina Rosca. But Rosca beat Middlebrooks in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. That was enough to clinch the win for Vanderbilt.

In the suspended matches, Taylor Gruber was in a battle with Emma Kurtz, 2-6, 6-4, 3-1, and Claire Raley was down 7-5, 5-4 to Emily Smith.

The loss dropped Mizzou to 11-5 on the season and 0-2 in SEC play, while Vanderbilt improved to 10-2 and 3-0 in conference. The Tigers tough schedule continues on Sunday, March 11 when Missouri welcomes No. 17 Kentucky to the Mizzou Tennis Complex.