Jan. 20, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou tennis team opened its spring season with a 6-1 win over Saint Louis Monday, Jan. 20 at the Green Tennis Center. The Tigers improved to 1-0 on the year, while the Billikens fell to 0-1.
Missouri won the doubles point to go up 1-0 early. The duo of senior Rachel Stuhlmann and sophomore Madison Rhyner posted a 6-3 win over SLU's Natalia Yacaman and Brooke Urzendowski at No. 2 singles. Moments later, Mizzou's No. 1 team of senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and freshman Cassidy Spearman notched a 6-3 win over Aspen Cervin and Stephanie Hollis to clinch to point for the Tigers.
Stuhlmann gave Missouri a 2-0 advantage with a straight set, 6-2, 6-2, win over Urzendowski at No. 4 singles. At No. 3, Rhyner sent her match to three sets after dropping the first but ultimately fell to Yacaman, 1-6, 6-1, 10-2, to pull SLU within one, 2-1.
At No. 1 action, Gaytan-Leach recorded a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Cervin for a 3-1 Tiger advantage. Missouri clinched the victory when sophomore Kelli Hine ousted Hollis, 6-2, 6-2, for a 4-1 lead.
Missouri added singles wins at No. 5 and No. 6. Spearman posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Maria Toro Moreno at No. 5 play, while freshman Tracy Dong notched a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Madeline Jolly at No. 6.
The Tigers return to the court on Monday, Jan. 20 with a 5 p.m. matchup against SIUE at the Green Tennis Center.
Mizzou 6, SLU 1
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU) def. Aspen Cervin (SLU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Kelli Hine (MU) def. Stephanie Hollis (SLU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Natalia Yacaman (SLU) def. Madison Rhyner (MU) 6-1, 1-6, 10-2
4. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) def. Brooke Urzendowski (SLU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Cassidy Spearman (MU) def. Maria Toro Morena (SLU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Tracy Dong (MU) def. Madeline Jolly (SLU) 6-3, 6-4
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach / Cassidy Spearman (MU) def. Aspen Cervin / Stephanie Hollis (SLU) 6-3
2. Madison Rhyner / Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) def. Natalia Yacaman / Brooke Urzendowski (SLU) 6-3
3. Kelli Hine / Tracy Dong (MU) vs. Maria Toro Moreno / Madeline Jolly (SLU) 3-2 (unfinished)
Order of finish:
Singles: 4, 3, 1, 2, 5, 6
Doubles: 2, 1
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