Missouri tennis’ skid continues in blowout loss to No. 17 Kentucky

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BRANSON MO NEWS: There are a few businesses throughout Columbia that provide tennis lessons at a cost. Those looking to save money, however could have spent their Sunday at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.No. 17 Kentucky (11-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) put on a clinic for the fans in attendance with a dominant 4-0 shutout of Missouri (11-6, 0-3). The dual marked the first time the Tigers have been shutout this season.The Tigers have now lost five of their last six matches. The lone win came against a lesser opponent in UMKC while the losses have all come against ranked teams.

If Missouri wants to have any success in the SEC, it will have to improve against quality competition. There are no slouches waiting to play the Tigers. Of the 10 teams remaining on Missouri’s schedule, just one, Mississippi State, is currently unranked.”This is not something we haven’t been through,” Missouri coach Colt Gaston said. “The SEC has always been tough, and we know what we’re getting ready for.”After struggling outdoors Friday against Vanderbilt in a 4-1 loss, the winter wonderland brought the Tigers back indoors. The change of scenery didn’t help.Though nothing translated to the scoreboard, Sunday’s result wasn’t all bad for Missouri. While the Tigers did lose the doubles point, they were competitive. Gaston might have found a suitable doubles parings,  as he went with the same lineup that won the doubles point Friday.Serena Nash and Amina Ismail easily won their match, 6-1, while the duos of Mackenzy Middlebrooks/Ellie Wright and Marta Oliveira/Clare Raley played close matches but came up short.”This was another opportunity; we put ourselves in a good spot to do it,” Gaston said. “We’ve got to do a better job of finishing.”Nash, a sophomore, continued to play well in doubles. The Bradford, …


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