Jan. 25, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Mizzou tennis team suffered a 4-0 loss to Harvard in the opening match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Saturday at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. The Tigers will now face Louisville in the consolation match on Sunday at 8 a.m. CT.
The Crimson barely won the doubles point as the final match came down to a tiebreaker. Harvard opened doubles action with a 6-0 win at No. 3 as Amy He and Amanda Lin defeated sophomore Kelli Hine and freshman Tracy Dong. The Tigers evened it up when senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and freshman Cassidy Spearman earned a 7-5 win over Spencer Liang and Monica Lin at No. 1 play.
At No. 2 doubles, Mizzou's tandem of senior Rachel Stuhlmann and sophomore Madison Rhyner stormed back from 5-1 down to tie the match at 6-6. However, Harvard's June Lee and Hannah Morrill recovered to win 7-6 (7-5) and give the Crimson the doubles point.
Harvard earned a 2-0 lead when Rhyner suffered a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Lee. Hine then suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Monica Lin as the Crimson took a 3-0 advantage. Harvard clinched the win after Amanda Lin notched a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dong.
Following Sunday's match against Louisville, Missouri travels to North Carolina to take on North Carolina State (Saturday, Feb. 1) and Wake Forest (Sunday, Feb. 2).
Harvard 4, Mizzou 0
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU) vs. Spencer Liang (HU) 6-2, 6-5 unfinished
2. Monica Lin (HU) def. Kelli Hine (MU) 6-3, 6-2
3. June Lee (HU) def. Madison Rhyner (MU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Amy He (HU) vs. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) 7-5, 0-1 unfinished
5. Hannah Morrill (HU) vs. Cassidy Spearman (MU) 6-4, 2-1 unfinished
6. Amanda Lin (HU) def. Tracy Dong (MU) 6-2, 6-1
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach / Cassidy Spearman (MU) def. Spencer Liang / Monica Lin (HU) 7-5
2. June Lee / Hannah Morrill (HU) def. Rachel Stuhlmann / Madison Rhyner (MU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Amy He / Amanda Lin (HU) def. Kelli Hine / Tracy Dong (MU) 6-0
Order of finish: Singles: 3, 2, 6 Doubles: 3, 1, 2
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