March 8, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 57 Mizzou tennis team suffered a 5-2 loss to No. 44 Kentucky Friday afternoon in Lexington, Ky. The loss dropped the Tigers' record to 6-4 overall and 0-3 in Southeastern Conference action, while the Wildcats improved to 10-4 and 2-1.
The Tigers top doubles team of junior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and sophomore Alex Clark defeated Kentucky's Caitlin McGraw and Nadia Ravita, 8-2, to open the match. However, the Wildcats won matches at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take the doubles point and go up 1-0. At No. 2 action, Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and CeCe Witten beat senior Maria Christensen and junior Rachel Stuhlmann, 8-5, and sophomore Elisha Gabb and freshman Madison Rhyner lost to Khristina Blajkevitch and Jessica Stiles, 8-5, at No. 3.
In singles play, Kentucky went up 2-0 when Ravita, ranked 51st nationally, posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Gaytan-Leach at No. 1 action. The Wildcats followed that up win victories at No. 4 and No. 2 to clinch the win. At No. 4, Gabb fell to McGraw, 6-4, 6-4, while Stuhlmann lost a 7-5, 6-3 match to Stiles at No. 2. Kentucky also got a victory at No. 3 singles when Christensen suffered her first dual match loss, a 6-4, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Morin-Kougoucheff.
Mizzou picked up its first point when Clark won by retirement over Kentucky's Kirsten Lewis, 2-6, 4-1, at No. 5 singles. Rhyner closed the match with a 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) victory over Stephanie Fox at No. 6 action.
The Tigers face No. 11 Vanderbilt on Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn.
No. 44 Kentucky 5, No. 57 Mizzou 2
1. No. 51 Nadia Ravita (UK) def. No. 107 Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Jessica Stiles (UK) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) 7-5, 6-3
3. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (UK) def. Maria Christensen (MU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Caitlin McGraw (UK) def. Elisha Gabb (MU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Alex Clark (MU) def. Kirsten Lewis (UK) 2-6, 4-1 (retired)
6. Madison Rhyner (MU) def. Stephanie Fox (UK) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach / Alex Clark (MU) def. Caitlin McGraw / Nadia Ravita (UK) 8-2
2. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff / CeCe Witten (UK) def. Maria Christensen / Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) 8-5
3. Khristina Blajkevitch / Jessica Stiles (UK) def. Elisha Gabb / Madison Rhyner (MU) 8-5
Order of finish:
Singles: 1, 4, 2, 3, 5, 6
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
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