Mizzou Tennis Finishes Busy Weekend with Tiger Pro-Am

MUTIGERS.COM Tiger junior Sofia Ayala enjoyed playing with the ladies of the Green Tennis Center Sunday
Tiger junior Sofia Ayala enjoyed playing with the ladies of the Green Tennis Center Sunday

Feb. 11, 2008

Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's tennis team had a big weekend. Friday, they played with over a dozen kids at Date Night, Saturday, they defeated Xavier and Chicago State and Sunday, they partnered up with eight ladies from the community to take part in the Tiger Pro-Am.

"This is a really good weekend for us," Tiger Head Coach Blake Starkey said. "We did the Date Night thing, there were so many kids climbing through this place and our girls had a great time with it."

Friday's Date Night was a success, as the Tigers welcomed some of their smallest fans to the Green Tennis Center for a fun night of tennis activities, food and music.

Saturday, Mizzou beat Xavier and Chicago State to improve to 5-1 in the spring, and 5-0 in the Green Tennis Center.

And Sunday the Tigers hosted a fun afternoon of tennis with several ladies from the Columbia tennis community. Linda Bennett, Barb Glenn, Judy Elliot, Laura Erdel, Molly Zitsch, Becky Smith, Megan Clark and Courtney Wright joined the tennis team for an afternoon of fun.

They warmed up with a fun game of two court war, as Coach Starkey divided the 16 players up into two teams and put them on two adjoining courts. Once a player made two errors, they were asked to sit down, and the match finished when there was nobody left.

Then each lady partnered with either a Tiger tennis player or Assistant Coach Blake Edwards to play a set of doubles. They all switched partners after each set, and played different opponents, playing a total of three sets.

Starkey said this was a good way for the Tiger players to meet some of the other tennis players at the Green Tennis Center, and vice-versa.

Mizzou will finish its seven-match homestand next weekend when they host Southeast Missouri at 9 am and Illinois Chicago at 3 pm Saturday (Feb. 16). Admission is free and the public is encouraged to come cheer on the Tigers.



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