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Missouri tennis sweeps Saint Louis University

Sunday, February 19, 2012 | 10:23 p.m. CST; updated 8:03 a.m. CST, Monday, February 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — Jamie Mera lay down next to her teammates after nearly three hours of match play with Saint Louis University player Mia Elmore on Sunday at the Green Tennis Center. Mera defeated Elmore 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in an impressive display of strength and discipline.

Mera was the only Missouri tennis player to play a third set in the match against the Billikens. The Tigers won the match in a 7-0 sweep, following a 6-1 victory over Illinois State on Friday.

“It was not a normal Jamie Mera match,” Tigers coach Sasha Shmid said. “It was a real mental battle.”

Mera struggled through her second set. She said she tried to keep her footwork crisp and her shots in while fighting off a distracting migraine headache. After a quick check from the trainer, a few ibuprofen and a pep talk from her coaches, Mera found her rhythm.

Mera dominated the rallies in the latter part of the third set. Her aggressive groundstrokes and net play forced Elmore to make errors. When Mera finally saw the ball land a few inches out of the court on the third match point, she breathed a sigh of relief before coming off the court to curl up next to her teammates' feet and close her eyes.

“Mentally, I wasn’t feeling 100 percent today,” Mera said. “I really had to stay disciplined.”

The Tigers (4-3) head to Minneapolis to face the University of Minnesota on Friday and Virginia Tech on Saturday.


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