Lukas Parrish-23Sports

After losing to Memphis one day prior, the Mizzou women’s tennis team lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers by the same close score of 4-3.

For only the second time all season, the Tigers lost the doubles point as the number one and three doubles teams fell to the Golden Gophers. An upset on court one occured as the unranked team of Tina Kreinis and Cammy Frei out of Minnesota easily defeated Mizzou’s No. 58 Serena Nash and Gabrielle Goldin by a score of 6-2. At the number three spot, Mizzou’s Marta Oliveira and Vivien Ábrahám fell to Minnesota’s Juliet Zhang and River Hart 6-4.

The Tigers almost managed to come back in singles, but could not pull out the win as they split the six singles matches evenly with the Golden Gophers. The victories for Missouri came at the number one, three, and five spots. At number one, Ellie Wright pulled through in a close match that saw a tiebreaker in the second set. She defeated Minnesota’s Dalila Said 6-4, 7-6 (7). At number three, Vivien Ábrahám fought hard against Tiffany Huber and managed to take a three set victory by a score of 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Finally, at the number five spot Elys Ventura defeated Cammy Frei in another three set thriller by the score 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Following two tough losses on the weekend, coach Colt Gaston said, “Although it was a tough weekend for us, I felt like we are doing a good job of giving ourselves opportunities to win matches. We got down to the wire in both matches and that is very important to keep doing moving into conference. We need to do a better job of playing the big points consistently down the stretch and having a stronger mindset when things are close and I believe some of these close ones will start going our way. A lot of credit to Memphis and Minnesota, as they were just a little better than us this weekend. We will get back to work next week and continue to build.”
Next Mizzou moves begins SEC play as they are set to take on Mississippi State at home on Saturday, February 28 at 5:00 pm.