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)
Mizzou Drops 6-1 Match Against No. 36 South...
Mizzou tennis opened up their weekend at home Friday evening at the Mizzou Tennis Complex. After ...
Tennis Back Home This Weekend For Ranked SEC...
After seven straight matches away from mid-Missouri, the Tigers return to the Mizzou Tennis...
Tigers Drop Road Matchup At Ole Miss, 7-0
Mizzou tennis ended their long stretch away from home with a contest at No. 17 Ole Miss Sunday...
Tennis Falls At No. 59 Mississippi State, 4-0
Mizzou tennis kicked off yet another weekend road trip Friday evening, and dropped a 4-0 contest ...
Tennis Set For Road Trip Against Ranked Foes...
Mizzou tennis wraps up a long stretch away from home this weekend in the state of Mississippi, as...
Tigers Fall In SEC Opener At Arkansas
Mizzou tennis kicked off their Southeastern Conference season today at the Billingsley Tennis...
Tennis Begins SEC Play This Sunday At No. 50...
Following a successful non-conference schedule, Mizzou tennis is set to begin Southeastern...
Tennis Closes Spring Non-Conference Schedule...
In their last non-conference matchup of the Spring 2015 season, Mizzou tennis claimed a 4-3 win...
Official StoreOfficial Online
AUCTIONSOfficial Mobile APP