Feb. 28, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Mizzou tennis team suffered a 6-1 loss to No. 42 South Carolina Friday evening in the Southeastern Conference opener at USC Field House in Columbia, S.C. With the loss, Missouri fell to 4-7 overall and 0-1 in league play, while the Gamecocks improved to 10-2 and 1-0.
South Carolina earned the doubles point to go up 1-0 after identical 8-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 action. Missouri's top team of seniors Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Rachel Stuhlmann fell to Dominika Kanakova and Elixane Lechemia, while freshmen Tracy Dong and Cassidy Spearman lost to Meghan Blevins and Caroline Dailey at No. 3.
The Gamecocks took a 2-0 lead when Blevins defeated sophomore Madison Rhyner, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 4 singles. Mizzou pulled within one, 2-1, when Stuhlmann notched her third consecutive win at No. 3 play, a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 85 Brigit Folland.
A 6-4, 6-3 victory from South Carolina's No. 90 Katerina Popova over sophomore Kelli Hine put the Gamecocks up 3-1 with three matches remaining. The home team clinched the team win with a three-set match at No. 1 singles, where Gaytan-Leach fought back from a big deficit but ultimately fell to Lechemia, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6.
South Carolina also recorded victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles for the 6-1 win. At No. 5, Ximena Siles Luna defeated junior Alex Clark, 6-2, 6-2, while Dailey posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Spearman at No. 6 action.
The Tigers return to the court on Sunday, March 2 with a road match at No. 5 Florida at 1 p.m. ET.
South Carolina 6, Mizzou 1
1. Elixane Lechemia (USC) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU) 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
2. No. 90 Katerina Popova (USC) def. Kelli Hine (MU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) def. No. 85 Brigit Folland (USC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Meghan Blevins (USC) def. Madison Rhyner (MU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Ximena Siles Luna (USC) def. Alex Clark (MU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Caroline Dailey (USC) def. Cassidy Spearman (MU) 6-2, 6-1
1. Dominika Kanakova / Elixane Lechemia (USC) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach / Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) 8-3
2. Brigit Folland / Katerina Popova (USC) vs. Kelli Hine / Madison Rhyner (MU) 7-3 unfinished
3. Meghan Blevins / Caroline Dailey (USC) def. Tracy Dong / Cassidy Spearman (MU) 8-3
Doubles (1, 3); Singles (4, 3, 2, 1, 5, 6)
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