April 16, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou tennis team advanced to the second round of the 2014 SEC Women's Tennis Championship with a gritty 4-0 sweep over 12-seed Arkansas on Wednesday, April 16 at the Mizzou Tennis Complex. The win, the Tigers' first ever in the Championship, improved the squad's record to 9-20 on the season. The Razorbacks ended their season 13-16.
With the victory, Mizzou, the No. 13 seed, will face No. 5 seed Texas A&M at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Mizzou Tennis Center.
"I felt very calm throughout the match," Mizzou Head Coach Sasha Schmid said. "They were all competitive matches but I really just loved our heart and our fight. We were really determined and I think we really believed in ourselves. I thought we were going to get out of here with the match (victory) today, so I was pretty impressed with the entire team effort."
After taking the doubles point, Missouri won singles matches at No. 6, No. 4 and No. 1 competition to complete the sweep over Arkansas.
Freshman Cassidy Spearman put the Tigers ahead, 2-0, as she easily downed Flavia Araujo, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 6 action. At No. 4 singles, sophomore Madison Rhyner fought back from a 3-0 early first set deficit to notch a 7-5, 6-3 win over Sasha Shkorupeieva. Rhyner's victory put Missouri on top 3-0 in the team score, just one point away from a win.
Senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach clinched Mizzou's victory as she gutted out a 7-6 (3), 7-5 win at No. 1 singles over Arkansas' top player, Shannon Hudson. The win was Gaytan-Leach's seventh in her last nine matches.
The Tigers claimed a 1-0 advantage with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Mizzou's top tandem of Gaytan-Leach and senior Rachel Stuhlmann breezed to an 8-3 win over Arkansas' Hudson and Kimberley - Ann Surin at No. 1 action. The doubles point came down to No. 3 action after the Razorbacks won at No. 2 with an 8-1 win for Yang Pang and Shkorupeieva over Rhyner and junior Alex Clark. At No. 3, Spearman and sophomore Kelli Hine prevailed in the close match by a score of 8-6. The pair are now a perfect 3-0 together in doubles play.
Mizzou 4, Arkansas 0
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU) def. Shannon Hudson (Ark) 7-6 (3), 7-5
2. Kelli Hine (MU) vs. Yang Pang (Ark) 6-1, 4-6, 4-5 unfinished
3. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) vs. Sarah McLean (Ark) 0-6, 6-2, 4-4 unfinished
4. Madison Rhyner (MU) def. Sasha Shkorupeieva (Ark) 7-5, 6-3
5. Alex Clark (MU) vs. Kimberley - Ann Surin (Ark) 5-6, 6-0, 4-1 unfinished
6. Cassidy Spearman (MU) def. Flavia Araujo (Ark) 6-3, 6-1
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach/Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) def. Kimberley - Ann Surin / Shannon Hudson (Ark) 8-3
2. Yang Pang / Sasha Shkorupeieva (Ark) def. Alex Clark / Madison Rhyner (MU) 8-1
3. Kelli Hine / Cassidy Spearman (MU) def. Sarah McLean / Flavia Araujo (Ark) 8-6
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6, 4, 1)
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