Mizzou Finishes Fall Play at Midwest Blast



Nov. 3, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Mizzou women's tennis team concluded its fall schedule on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the three-day Midwest Blast in Champaign, Ill. Junior Elisha Gabb went a perfect 3-0 in singles play during the event.

The Tigers ended the three-day event as the team won four of six singles matches against Wake Forest on Sunday morning. Freshman Cassidy Spearman won in straight sets, 7-6 (7), 6-0, to get Missouri off to a good start. At No. 1 action, Senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach ousted Andrea Retolaza Andrade, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, while Gabb was victorious over 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, against Kimmy Guerin at No. 2.

Kelli Hine also won her Sunday match, with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Luisa Fernandez.

On Saturday, the Tigers opened competition with a doubles match against Purdue. The Mizzou duo Gaytan-Leach and Spearman earned a hard-fought 8-7 (4) victory over Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt. The Tigers' other doubles teams suffered 8-2 losses.

Against Illinois in singles play Saturday afternoon, Gabb was the lone Tiger to record a victory. The junior easily ousted Allison Falkin, 6-2, 6-0 for the win.

Day Two Results

Missouri vs. Purdue (Doubles)
Cierra Gaytan-Leach / Cassidy Spearman (MU) def. Krisztina Kapitany / Mara Schmidt (PUR), 8-7 (4)
Daniela Vidal / Lynda Xepoleas (PUR) def. Elisha Gabb / Rachel Stuhlmann (MU), 8-2
Claudia Escribens / Nicole Robinson (PUR) def. Kelli Hine / Madison Rhyner (MU), 8-2



Missouri vs. Illinois (Singles)
Melissa Kopinski (ILL) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach IMIZ), 7-6 (4), 6-2
Elisha Gabb (MIZ) def. Allison Falkin (ILL), 6-2, 6-0
Alexis Casati (ILL) def. Madison Rhyner (MIZ), 6-0, 6-1
Jerricka Boone (ILL) def. Kelli Hine (MIZ), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
Louise Kwong (ILL) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (MIZ), 6-3, 6-4
Julia Jamieson (ILL) def. Cassidy Spearman (MIZ), 6-1, 6-3

Day Three Results

Missouri vs. Wake Forest (Singles)
Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU) def. Andrea Retolaza Andrade (WAKE), 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
Elisha Gabb (MU) def. Kimmy Guerin (WAKE), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Kelli Hine (MU) def. Luisa Fernandez (WAKE), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Xue Zhang (WAKE) def. Madison Rhyner (MU), 1-6, 7-6 (8), 6-1
Karen Foreman (WAKE) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU), 6-4, 62
Cassidy Spearman (MU) def. Brigita Bercyte (WAKE), 7-6 (7), 6-0

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