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Tennis Falls To No. 12 Auburn On The Road

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AUBURN, Ala. — University of Missouri tennis drops to the No. 12 Auburn University on Friday, March 8, at 3 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center, marking the third SEC matchup for Mizzou. After the match, the Tigers drop to a 4-11 record in the 2024 season. 

Mizzou opened the match with doubles action against Auburn and could not pull away with the doubles point, falling in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. Senior Mae Canete and junior Inah Canete battled in a hard-fought match that went unfinished with the Tigers up, 4-3. 

The Tigers could not continue the momentum into singles play. Senior Romary Cardenas Rifka contested in the No. 4 spot and could not walk away with the win after two hard-fought sets, 6-2, 7-5. 

Mizzou is penciled to travel to No. 15, the University of Alabama, on Sunday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to continue their road streak to continue their SEC action. 


I think Auburn played some very quality tennis today in singles and doubles. I was impressed, and they did not give us many chances. They played aggressively and never slowed down. We must give them credit and accept they were better than us today. We competed hard, but that clearly wasn’t enough. We must keep working hard at practice, especially on serves and returns, because that made the difference today. They were able to win a higher percentage of points with those first two shots than us. We need to work on being more effective early in the point to have better chances when we face the top 15 teams.


The Tigers continue their road streak with a match against the University of Arkansas on Sunday, March 17 in Fayetteville, Ark. First serve against the Razorbacks is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT.


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Missouri 0, Auburn 7


#33 Mae Canete/Inah Canete (MIZ) vs. #19 Ariana Arseneault/DJ Bennett (AU) 4-3, uf Adeline Flach/Angella Okutoyi (AU) def. Gabriela Martinez/Romary Cardenas Rifka (MIZ) 6-1

Carolyn Ansari/Selin Ovunc (AU) def. Emelie Schwarte/Andrea Artimedi (MIZ) 6-2

Order of Finish: 2,3


#70 Ariana Arseneault (AU) def. Mae Canete (MIZ) 6-2, 6-2 

#64 DJ Bennett (AU) def. Inah Canete (MIZ) 6-3, 6-1

Angella Okutoyi (AU) def. Gabriela Martinez (MIZ) 6-0, 6-2

Selin Ovunc (AU) def. Emelie Schwarte (MIZ) 6-0, 6-1

Ava Esposito Cogan (AU) def. Romary Cardenas Rifka (MIZ) 6-2, 7-5

Adeline Flach (AU) def. Andrea Artimedi (MIZ) 6-4, 6-0

Order of Finish: 4, 3, 2, 1, 6, 5

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