Missouri’s Rachel Stuhlmann prepares to return a hit vs. Kentucky’s Kelsey Dieters on Sunday, March 9 at the Green Tennis Center in Columbia, Mo. Stuhlmann won the match 6-3, 6-3.
Story by Ky Bright
Photos by Dan Shapiro
COLUMBIA — The Missouri women’s tennis team dropped its fourth conference match in a row on Sunday. Missouri fell to No. 22 Kentucky 4-2. After losses to South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt the Tigers are off to a 0-4 start in Southeastern Conference play.
“It has been very challenging for us. I have had to keep everybody positive to know how close we are,” coach Sasha Schmid said.
The match began with doubles. In No. 2 doubles Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi of Kentucky defeated Missouri’s Madison Rhyner and Cassidy Spearman 8-6.
The No. 3 doubles match also went to Kentucky. The Wildcats’ Kirsten Lewis and Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff handled Kelli Hine and Tracy Dong of Missouri, 8-2. Thanks to those two victories the Wildcats were able to secure the doubles point.
Schmid said the opportunity to get the doubles point was out there. The ability to not be able to close out the match may have been the difference, she said.
The No.1 doubles the match went unfinished. Missouri’s Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Rachel Stuhlmann were leading Kentucky’s CeCe Witten and Caitlin McGraw 7-6, when Kentucky clinched the doubles point.
In the No. 1 singles match, Ravita beat Gaytan-Leach, 6-4, 6-4. For a majority of the match the two were even, but in the end Ravita’s serve was too much.
In the No. 2 singles match the Tigers captured Read more of this post