Mizzou Opens Play at Midwest Blast



Nov. 1, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Mizzou women's tennis team opened play at the three-day Midwest Blast Friday at the Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign, Ill. The Tigers played doubles matches against Illinois and Wake Forest and faced Purdue in singles action on Friday.

Missouri opened play against the Fighting Illini in doubles action. The Tigers' top doubles team of senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and freshman Cassidy Spearman suffered an 8-5 loss at the hands of Allison Falkin and Jerrika Boone. Illinois also claimed wins in the other two matches, where Melissa Kopinski and Alexis Casati defeated junior Elisha Gabb and senior Rachel Stuhlmann, 8-4, and Julia Jamieson and Louisa Kwong posted an 8-3 win over sophomores Kelli Hine and Madison Rhyner.

Against Purdue in singles action, Gaytan-Leach posted a 7-5, 6-4 win over Lynda Xepoleas at No. 1 play. Gabb was also victorious with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mara Schmidt at No. 2 singles. Stuhlmann and Spearman both went three sets but ultimately lost their singles matches. Stuhlmann suffered a 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 loss to Krisztina Kapitany, while Spearman was ousted, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1, by Claudia Escribens.

The Tigers concluded day one action winning two of three doubles matches over Wake Forest. Gaytan-Leach and Spearman earned an 8-6 win over Kasey Gardiner and Xue Zhang at No. 1 and Hine and Rhyner defeated Brigita Bercyte and Luisa Fernandez, 8-7 (4), at No. 3. In the other doubles contest, Gabb and Stuhlmann were edged by Kimmy Guerin and Andrea Retolaza, 8-7 (2).



Missouri returns to the court at 9 a.m. on Saturday against Purdue in doubles action. The Tigers will then face Illinois in singles at 1 p.m.

Day One Results

Mizzou vs. Illinois (Doubles)
Allison Falkin / Jerrika Boone (Ill.) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach / Cassidy Spearman (MU) 8-5
Melissa Kopinski / Alexis Casati (Ill.) def. Elisha Gabb / Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) 8-4
Julia Jamieson / Louisa Kwong (Ill.) def. Kelli Hine / Madison Rhyner (MU) 8-3

Purdue vs. Missouri (Doubles; Played outdoors during ILL/MIZ and PUR/WAKE 1-3 doubles matches)
Natalia Davila / Andjela Djokovic (PUR) def. Alex Clark / Tracy Dong (MU), 8-6

Mizzou vs. Purdue (Singles)
Cierra Gayton-Leach (MU) def. Lynda Xepoleas (PUR), 7-5, 6-4
Elisha Gabb (MU) def. Mara Schmidt (PUR), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4
Daniela Vidal (PUR) def. Madison Rhyner (MU), 7-5, 6-0
Nicole Robinson (PUR) def. Kelli Hine (MU), 6-4, 7-6 (3)
Krisztina Kapitany (PUR) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU), 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
Claudia Escribens (PUR) def. Cassidy Spearman (MU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Missouri vs. Wake Forest (Doubles)
Cierra Gayton-Leach / Cassidy Spearman (MU) def. Kasey Gardiner / Xue Zhang (WAKE), 8-6
Kimmy Guerin / Andrea Retolaza Andrade (WAKE) def. Elisha Gabb / Rachel Stuhlmann (MU), 8-7 (2)
Kelli Hine / Madison Rhyner (MU) def. Brigta Bercyte / Luisa Fernandez (WAKE), 8-7 (4)