MU loses to Tennessee, extends conference losing streak

The Tigers stayed close with Tennessee, but the result was the same as every SEC match this season.
Junior Mackenzy Middlebrooks during a tennis match against Tennessee on April 5, 2019. Courtesy of Mizzou Athletics

Mizzou tennis (13-10, 0-10 SEC) dropped another conference match on Friday, this one to Tennessee (16-5, 6-3 SEC), by a final score of 4-1. The process has become an all-too-familiar one for Missouri, as the last time the university won an SEC match was April 16, 2017.

Compared to the rest of the evening, MU gave the Volunteers some trouble in doubles matches.

Tennessee’s Sadie Hammond and Kaitlin Staines handled Missouri’s Ellie Wright and Lisa Fukutoku 6-2, but the other two matches were much more close. Gabrielle Goldin and Serena Nash stayed competitive with Rebeka Mertena and Johanna Silva before losing 6-4. Meanwhile, Mackenzy Middlebrooks and Marta Oliveira’s match against Maia Haumuller and Tenika McGiffin was left unfinished with the score 6-5 in favor of the latter.

In singles, Missouri’s only win came from freshman Vivien Ábrahám, who took down Haumuller 6-3, 6-3 on the far right court of the Mizzou Tennis Complex. One court over, Fukutoku fell to Merterna 6-3, 6-2. Wright hung with Silva in the first match before losing 7-6, but couldn’t maintain that play and lost the second set 6-0.

Nash lost 6-0, 6-2 to Staines. The match ended on an ace that Nash called out, only to be overruled by the chair umpire to cap off a frustrating day. Nash made her displeasure with the call clear to the official as she walked off the court. Middlebrooks and Oliveira’s respective singles matches were left unfinished.

Mizzou tennis is back in action on Sunday with a doubleheader against Georgia and Western Illinois.

Edited by Adam Cole | acole@themaneater.com

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