Feb. 23, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The Mizzou tennis team suffered a 6-1 loss at the hands of South Florida Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Fla. The Tigers fell to 2-6 on the season, while the Bulls improved to 5-3.
The Tigers earned a hard-fought doubles point to take a 1-0 advantage. Mizzou's top team of seniors Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Rachel Stuhmann got the team started with an 8-3 victory over Loretta Alonso and Kayla Rizzolo at No. 1. The Bulls' Olya Garrido-Rivas and Fanny Fracassi notched a tight 8-7 win over sophomores Kelli Hine and Madison Rhyner at No. 2 play. The doubles point came down to No. 3 action, where freshmen Tracy Dong and Cassidy Spearman prevailed over Olga Martinez and Vera Bessanova, 8-7.
However, South Florida earned wins in all six singles matches to claim the 6-1 victory. At No. 1 singles, Alonso defeated Gaytan-Leach, 7-5, 6-2, while Rizzolo posted a 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 win over Hine.
At No. 3, Garrido-Rivas notched a 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Stuhlmann and Fracassi was victorious over Rhyner, 7-5, 6-0, at No. 4 play. Bessanova recorded a 6-1, 6-4 win over junior Alex Clark at No. 5 singles, while Martinez defeated Spearman, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 6.
The Tigers play later in the day Sunday in a netural site matchup with Oakland in Orlando, Fla., at 6 p.m.
South Florida 6, Mizzou 1
1. Loretta Alonso (USF) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU) 7-5, 6-2
2. Kayla Rizzolo (USF) def. Kelli Hine (MU) 6-7, 6-1, 6-1
3. Olya Garrido-Rivas (USF) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) 6-7, 6-1, 6-3
4. Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Madison Rhyner (MU) 7-5, 6-0
5. Vera Bessanova (USF) def. Alex Clark (MU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Olga Martinez (USF) def. Cassidy Spearman (MU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach / Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) def. Loretta Alonso / Kayla Rizzolo (USF) 8-3
2. Olya Garrido-Rivas / Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Kelli Hine / Madison Rhyner (MU) 8-7
3. Tracy Dong / Cassidy Spearman (MU) def. Olga Martinez / Vera Bessanova (USF) 8-7
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