MU Tennis picks up sixth SEC loss against Texas A&M

Mizzou moves to 0-6 in the SEC after dropping four straight singles matches in a 5-0 loss to Texas A&M.

The Missouri Tigers (11-7, 0-6), coming off of an unsuccessful road trip to Arkansas, opened up a weekend at home with a 5-0 loss to No. 11 Texas A&M (17-3, 5-2) on Friday, leaving them 11-7 on the season and 0-6 in SEC play.

MU, having struggled with securing the doubles point this season, saw some changes to its lineup during this match. With the lineup frequently consisting of junior Mackenzy Middlebrooks and sophomore Ellie Wright at No. 1 doubles, Friday’s match saw Middlebrooks paired with junior Serena Nash instead against TA&M sophomore Tatiana Makarova and freshman Jayci Goldsmith. Despite looking for a win with this change, the Tigers fell 6-2 in their match.

In her own match, Wright was partnered with sophomore Taylor Gruber at No. 2 doubles where the duo defeated the nation’s No. 55 ranked doubles team of freshmen Renee McBryde and Katya Townsend 6-3. However, the Tigers ultimately lost the doubles point when junior Gabrielle Goldin and freshman Lisa Fukutoku dropped to sophomore Riley McQuaid and freshman Lucia Quiterio at No. 3 doubles 6-3.

After giving up the doubles point, Mizzou lost four straight singles matches to TA&M, leaving two matches unfinished. No. 3 singles finished first with Nash falling to Makarova, 6-1, 6-1, followed by Middlebrooks dropping to Townsend at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-4. Wright, despite having success at No. 4 singles success the past two weekends, was defeated by McBryde in two sets, 7-5, 6-1. Shortly after, Mizzou suffered a 6-2, 6-1 loss to TA&M when Goldin fell to sophomore Dorthea Faa-Hviding at No. 6 singles.

With these finishing first, matches at No. 2 singles between Fukutoku and Goldsmith and No. 5 singles between Gruber and McQuaid were left unfinished.

The loss to TA&M still leaves Missouri without an SEC win this spring season.

Edited by Adam Cole | acole@themaneater.com

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