March 15, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Mizzou tennis team won its first-ever Southeastern Conference match with a 5-2 victory over host and No. 41 Arkansas, 5-2, Friday afternoon in Fayetteville, Ark. The Tigers improved to 7-5 overall and 1-4 in SEC play, while the Razorbacks fell to 6-9 and 1-4.
For the second consecutive match, Mizzou earned the doubles point to enter singles play with a 1-0 advantage. The Razorbacks struck first at No. 3 play, where Kimberley-Ann Surin and Ana Hernandez downed sophomore Elisha Gabb and freshman Madison Rhyner, 8-2. The No. 1 team of junior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and sophomore Alex Clark responded with an 8-4 win over Arkansas' Claudine Paulson and Sarah McLean.
In singles action, Gaytan-Leach easily dispatched No. 68 Yang, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 1 to put the Tigers ahead 1-0. Clark also notched a straight-set win at No. 3, with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat over Brittany Huxley for a 3-0 Mizzou advantage.
Arkansas picked up a singles win at No. 2 action, where No. 93 Paulson posted a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Stuhlmann.
Christensen clinched Mizzou's first SEC victory as she came back after dropping the first set to defeat McLean, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Gabb also stormed back from an opening set loss to record a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Surin at No. 4 action.
No. 6 singles, Razorback Hernandez defeated Rhyner, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3, for a 5-2 final score.
The Tigers return to the court on Sunday, March 17 with a 11 a.m. match at LSU.
No. 75 Mizzou 5, No. 41 Arkansas 2
1. No. 114 Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU) def. No. 68 Yang Pang (Ark) 6-0, 6-4
2. No. 93 Claudine Paulson (Ark) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Maria Christensen (MU) def. Sarah McLean (Ark) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Elisha Gabb (MU) def. Kimberley Ann-Surin (Ark) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Alex Clark (MU) def. Brittany Huxley (Ark) 6-3, 6-4
6. Ana Hernandez (Ark) def. Madison Rhyner (MU) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach / Alex Clark (MU) def. Claudine Paulson / Sarah McLean (Ark) 8-4
2. No. 68 Maria Christensen / Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) def. Yang Pang / Brittany Huxley (Ark) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Kimberley-Ann Surin / Ana Hernandez (Ark) def. Elisha Gabb / Madison Rhyner (MU) 8-2
Order of finish:
Singles: 1, 5, 2, 3, 4, 6
Doubles: 3, 1, 2
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