Difficult day for Missouri

Sunday, February 4, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:26 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Missouri freshman Kaitlin Dunham is a fighter. At least that’s how Missouri women’s tennis coach Blake Starkey described her after Dunham’s come-from-behind victory against Arkansas’ Carly Dixon.

Dunham’s win was the Tigers’ only point of the afternoon in a 6-1 loss to visiting Arkansas.

“Today was Kaitlin’s day. I was proud of her.” Starkey said. “She battled more herself than anything.”

Dunham’s 7-6, 6-4 victory over Carly Dixon not only prevented a Razorback sweep of the Tigers, it also provided her redemption for a loss incurred the previous season.

“I had lost to her 6-0, 6-0 last season, so I was a total mental head case.” Dunham said “Carolyn (Kramer) our assistant coach got me relaxed and I just sort of played.”

The rest of the Tigers were not as fortunate as Dunham. By the end of the afternoon, the strength of Arkansas was too much for the Tigers to handle, losing to Razorbacks in all three doubles matches, and five out of the six singles matches. Starkey knew that Arkansas was going to be a difficult opponent to beat.

“Arkansas is a very good team and I would rather put us out here with these kinds of teams.” Starkey said. “Even though some kids will take a loss today, this is going to help them down the road.”

Despite winning only one match, Starkey said there were bright spots.

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