Posted: Feb 2, 2013 6:05 PM
Updated: Feb 2, 2013 8:14 PM
AKRON, OH -- The No. 52 Mizzou tennis team improved to 4-1 on the spring season after a 4-3 victory over No. 73 Princeton Saturday morning in Akron, Ohio. The Princeton Tigers fell to 1-1 on the year.
Missouri took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 action. Mizzou's top doubles team of junior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and sophomore Elisha Gabb posted an 8-5 win over Lindsay Graff and Amanda Muliawan, while Missouri's No. 2 duo of senior Maria Christensen and junior Rachel Stuhlmann dispatched Katherine Flanigan and Emily Hahn, 8-4. Princeton's team of Monica Chow and Katie Goepel were victorious over sophomore Alex Clark and freshman Madison Rhyner, 8-4, at No. 3.
Christensen easily defeated Chow, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4 singles to put the Mizzou Tigers up 2-0. Princeton picked up a point when Muliawan posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Stuhlmann at No. 2 action, but Clark responded with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 6 singles for a 3-1 Missouri advantage.
Princeton picked up wins at No. 3 and 5 action to knot the match at 3-3. At No. 3, Gabb fell to Flanigan, 7-5, 7-5, while Rhyner suffered a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Goepel.
The match came down to the outcome at No. 1 singles. Gaytan-Leach and Graff split the first two sets but Gaytan-Leach dominated the third set to win 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 and give Mizzou a 4-3 victory.
Missouri is idle until Wednesday, Feb. 20 when the team hosts UMKC at 5 p.m. at the Green Tennis Center.