Tigers Fall Hard In Stillwater

Friday, Mar. 23 –

After losing their first two Big 12 games at home, No. 71 Missouri faced off against No. 41 Oklahoma State. But yet again, a Big 12 opponent dominated Mizzou again as they fell 6-1.

The day started with doubles. Nina Pantic and Jamie Mera were able to earn the lone doubles win for the Tigers in a very tight match. Pantic and Mera faced off against Kanyapat Narattana and Malika Rose from Oklahoma State. The match was back and forth, as neither duo could gain a major edge. Pantic and Mera were finally able to overtake Narattana and Rose, winning 8-6.

However, Oklahoma State won the doubles point as they won the other two matches. Meghan Blevins and Mary Jeremiah earned a commanding victory over Rachel Stuhlmann and Annemijn Koenen, winning 8-3. Isabela Miro and C.C. Sardinha faced off against Missouri’s Alex Clark and Ashleigh Chiaf. The match was a close one, but it was Miro and Sardinha who came out on top 8-5.

The singles matches had very similar endings for the Tigers. The star for Mizzou, No. 93 Rachel Stuhlmann, has struggled some in the very competitive Big 12 and this continued on Friday. Stuhlmann faced off against Malika Rose. Rose dominated the first set, as Stuhlmann was only able to win three games in the set and fell 6-3. The second set was much closer as Stuhlmann would not fall easily. A back and forth set needed a tiebreak to decide a victor. Unfortunately for Missouri, Stuhlmann fell in the tiebreak 7-5, losing the set 7-6.

Stuhlmann’s loss in straight sets was not the only straight set loss for the Tigers. No. 114 C.C. Sardina took down Nina Pantic easily in straight sets. Pantic could do nothing against Sardina as she lost handily 6-1 and 6-2. The trend of losing in straight sets continued for Mizzou with Maria Christensen. Christensen was not much of an issue for Meghan Blevins, as she fell 6-3 and 6-3. Annemijn Koenen also lost in straight sets as she fell to Isabela Miro 6-4 and 6-4.

The lone singles win for Mizzou came from freshman Alex Clark. Clark faced off against Mary Jeremiah of Oklahoma State in a solid match. Clark breezed through the first set as she won 6-3 but ran into some trouble in the second set. The second set was a marathon, with both players battling back and forth in a tremendous set. Clark eventually gained the edge and was able to come out on top 7-5.

The Tigers will look to turn it around in the Big 12, as they will look to earn their first conference victory in Norman, Okla. against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday, March 25.

– Tim Leible
23 Sports
Staff Writer