No. 44 Kentucky Women's Tennis Defeats No. 57 Missouri
March 8, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky women's tennis team defeated Missouri 5-2 on Friday afternoon in its first home Southeastern Conference match of the spring.
Kentucky opened the match with an early 1-0 lead, winning two of three doubles matches to take the doubles point. Court one was the first to wrap up, with Missouri taking the court 8-2. On court two, sophomore Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff and junior Cece Witten won the doubles match 8-5.
With the doubles score tied 1-1, court three remained to decide the point. Junior Khristina Blajkevitch and senior Jessica Stiles were leading 6-5 when all eyes switched to last court remaining. The tandem didn't look back, taking the next two points to win the match 8-5.
Freshman Nadia Ravita opened singles play with a quick win for Kentucky, taking court one 6-3, 6-1. Junior Caitlin McGraw followed suit, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-4 win on court four. Up a set, McGraw trailed 4-1 in the second set but won five consecutive games to clinch the match.
With a comfortable 3-0 lead, Stiles clinched the match for Kentucky. The senior's 7-5, 6-3 win in the No. 2 singles slot notched the Wildcats' fourth, and match-clinching, point.
With the match clinched, play continued on courts three, five and six. Morin-Kougoucheff increased the Wildcats' lead to 5-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the No. 3 singles spot.
After winning the first set 6-2, freshman Kirsten Lewis was forced to abandon the No. 5 singles match down 4-1 in the second set, giving the Tigers their first point of the match.
Sophomore Stephanie Fox fell in a 10-point tiebreaker after splitting with Madison Rhyner. The final match concluded the match's score at 5-2.
The Wildcats will return to the court at noon on Sunday, hosting Texas A&M in what is expected to be Kentucky's first outdoor home match of the year.
Ranked No. 4 in the country, Texas A&M will face Vanderbilt on Friday before traveling to Lexington to face Kentucky on Sunday. In the first weekend of SEC action, the Aggies defeated South Carolina 5-2 and Florida 4-3. The Aggies are 8-1 on the year and 2-0 in SEC competition.
Live scoring of Sunday's match will be available on UKwomenstennis.com.
Admission to Sunday's match is free with free parking available in parking structure No. 7.
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No. 44 Kentucky - 5
No. 57 Missouri - 2
1 - Alex Clark/Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UM) def. Caitlin McGraw/Nadia Ravita (UK) 8-2
2 - Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff/CeCe Witten (UK) def. Rachel Stuhlmann/Maria Christensen (UM) 8-5
3 - Khristina Blajkevitch/Jessica Stiles (UK) def. Elisha Gabb/Madison Rhyner (UM) 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*
1 - Nadia Ravita (UK) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UM) 6-3, 6-1
2 - Jessica Stiles (UK) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (UM) 7-5, 6-3
3 - Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff (UK) def. Maria Christensen (UM) 6-4, 6-4
4 - Caitlin McGraw (UK) def. Elisha Gabb (UM) 6-4, 6-4
5 - Alex Clark (UM) def. Kirsten Lewis (UK) 2-6, 4-1 abd.
6 - Madison Rhyner (UM) def. Stephanie Fox (UK) 7-5, 4-6, 10-5
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2*, 3, 5, 6