LEXINGTON, Ky. (3/10/14) — The No. 22 University of Kentucky women's tennis team earned their first Southeastern Conference road win against the University of Missouri Sunday, March 9, at the Mizzou Tennis Center.
Kentucky (13-3, 3-1 SEC) routed the Tigers, 4-2.
"We played well against a very hungry Missouri team," Kentucky head coach Carlos Drada said. "Our will determined the outcome and we are very excited for this upcoming weekend."
The Wildcats led 1-0 after winning the doubles point. Sophomore Kirsten Lewis and junior Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff defeated Kelli Hine and Tracy Dong, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles to give Kentucky an advantage. No. 57 Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi followed with a win of their at No. 2 doubles to clinch the point. The Jakarta, Indonesia natives knocked off Madison Rhyner and Cassidy Spearman, 8-6.
No. 51 Ravita extended Kentucky's lead when she edged Cierra Gayton-Leach, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 1 singles position. Kentucky dropped two straight matches at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, but Lewis fought hard at No. 4 singles to stop the Tigers' run. She defeated Rhyner, 6-3, 7-6 (3-0), 6-4 and put the Wildcats up, 3-1. Junior Stephanie Fox ended the match with a win at the No. 6 singles slot. Fox downed Dong, 6-0, 6-1 to claim Kentucky's first SEC road win.
"After losing the first set, I did what I needed to do win the second and force a tiebreak," Lewis said. "My teammates were fighting hard on all the courts and that motivated me to stay in the match and get the win."Kentucky will travel to Mississippi State to take on the Bulldogs, Sunday, March 14.
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