Missouri women’s tennis fans had a lot to cheer about on Saturday.
The Tigers shut out both Air Force and Eastern Illinois at Green Tennis Center without losing a set.
The 7-0 wins pushed the Tigers’ record to 11-2, including a 9-0 home mark.
The Tigers won all three doubles matches against Air Force, including an impressive 8-1 victory from Katka Sevcikova and Carolyn Kramer at No. 1 doubles.
It wasn’t as easy for Sevcikova, who defeated Kat Bushey 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) in No. 1 singles while fighting a cold.
“I just told myself to hang in there and play your shots,” Sevcikova said. “It was tough, but I wanted to play to get one more win for my record.”
Against Eastern Illinois, which was missing two athletes including its No. 1 singles player, the Tigers were sluggish.
In both doubles matches, the Tigers had to come back to win.
In No. 3 singles, Charlotte Bellis won the first set 6-4 against Madina Mambetova but had to come back from a 4-1 deficit for a 7-5 win in the second set.
— Ryan Riordan
HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING:The Hickman and Rock Bridge swimming and diving teams competed in the finals of the Marquette Relays in Chesterfield on Saturday.
Hickman finished third in the 12-team event with 208 points. Rock Bridge finished eighth with 114. Marquette won with 258.
Hickman swimmers Claire Piester, Mary Scheahen, Marie Pope and Julie Schenker won all three relay races they were involved in Saturday. The girls set a meet record in the 200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 1:43.21.
The four also won the 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter medley, posting state-qualifying times in both events.
Coach John Hamilton was pleased with his teams’ ability to avoid technical mistakes early in the season.
Rock Bridge highlights include three sixth-place finishes, including a school-record 4:07.16 in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Both teams will travel to the Independence Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
MU WOMEN’S GOLF:The Missouri women’s golf team improved its standing at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas on Saturday, moving into eighth place after finishing 12th on Friday.
The final round is scheduled to tee off at 8:30 this morning. Freshman Madde Augustsson moved into a tie for second place after shooting a second straight round of 75, three shots out of the lead. Junior Kelli Strubinger also shot a 75, moving up 13 spots from Friday to 13th place. The No. 12 Tigers shot 310 after shooting 325 on Friday.
MU TRACK & FIELD:The Missouri track and field team finished the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday with seven national awards.
On Friday the men’s distance medley team of Neville Miller, Jimmie Jones, Marcus Mayes and Ryan Hampton placed eighth, earning All-America honors.
On the second day of action, sophomore Hans Uldal placed sixth in the men’s heptathlon, senior Conrad Woolsey took eighth place in the men’s shot put and junior Ashley Patten finished eighth in the women’s 800-meter dash.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL:The Cougars won all their games at the William Woods Invitational, beating Midland Lutheran 3-1, Calumet 6-3 and Iowa Wesleyan 10-2 to move their record to 11-4.
Chris Schoonover had two stolen bases against Midland and three against Calumet. Monica Mueller was the winning pitcher against Midland, striking out nine, walking none and letting up five hits.