Missouri tennis finishes season with first round loss at SEC Tournament

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 7:36 p.m. CDT

Missouri tennis ended its season with a 4-2 loss to Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Starkville, Miss. on Wednesday. 

Missouri had an opportunity for revenge against Mississippi State after the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 4-2 on Sunday

Mississippi State earned the doubles point to begin the match. Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran defeated Missouri's Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Alex Clark 8-1 at No. 1 doubles. 

The Tigers responded with a win at No. 3 doubles as Elisha Gabb and Madison Rhyner beat Petra Ferancova and Sarai Flores 8-4. The doubles point was decided at No. 2 doubles where Mississippi State's Georgiana Patrasc and Roseline Dion edged Maria Christensen and Rachel Stuhlmann 9-8 (7-2). 

Gabb continued her strong day at No. 4 singles with a straight set victory over Ferancova 6-3, 6-0 to even the score at one.

The Bulldogs took a 3-1 match lead with a straight set win by Dion over Clark at No. 5 singles and a three set victory from Perper over Stuhlmann at No. 2 singles. 

The Tigers pulled within one point when Christensen, a senior, finished her college career with a win at No. 3 singles over Tran 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

The Bulldogs clinched the match and a spot into the next round of the SEC Tournament at No. 6 singles. Flores defeated Rhyner 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. 

Missouri finished the season 9-13. 

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