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Tennis Splits Doubleheader Against Georgia and Lindenwood

Romary Cardenas Rifka

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri tennis takes one in the doubleheader action on Friday, March 1, falling to the University of Georgia 4-0 and sweeping Lindenwood University 4-0. With the spit, the Tigers move their record to 3-9 on the young season and 0-1 in conference action.

Beginning the day with doubles against Georgia at the Country Club of Missouri, the No. 3 pair of graduate student Emelie Schwarte and sophomore Andrea Artimedi battled in a hard-fought match but came up just short. In the No. 2 spot, seniors Romary Cardenas Rifka and Gabriela Martinez held the lead against the No. 23 ranked duo, 4-1, but could not ultimately claim the win.

Entering singles play down, 1-0, Senior Mae Canete competed in a close match against the No. 48 ranked singles athlete but went unfinished with Canete leading, 7-5, 1-0. 

Continuing doubleheader play against Lindenwood, the Tigers dominated in doubles action with the No. 1 duo of M. Canete and junior Inah Canete forcing the Lions into a shutout match, 6-0. The No. 2 pair of Cardenas Rifka and Martinez also ran away with the win against Lindenwood, 6-1. 

The Tigers grabbed the doubles point and continued the momentum into singles play with three wins. M. Canete and I. Canete both secured the victory in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, 6-1, 6-0, and 6-0, 6-1, respectively. Closing out the day, Artimedi collected the final point for the Tigers to put them on top 4-0 against the Lions. 


“I’m very satisfied with how we performed and completed today during both matches. In the past few weeks, we’ve been working a lot on intensity and talked a lot about how to approach the matches mentally. The team did a good job today with that. Obviously, Georgia is one of the best teams in the country, but there were a lot of positive takeaways from that match. We put ourselves in a good spot to win at #2 and #3 doubles, and we competed hard in all singles matches against Georgia. Against Lindenwood, we took care of business. Again, it was a very encouraging day for us. Now, we’ll get back on the court tomorrow for a light practice to get ready for another doubleheader on Sunday. It felt great playing at home!”

Mizzou will rematch Lindenwood on Sunday, March 3, at 4 p.m. in doubleheader play but will first open with a 9 a.m. match against the Tennessee Volunteers. 


WHEN: Sunday, March 3

WHERE: Country Club of Columbia | Columbia, Mo. 

WHO: No. 20 University of Tennessee and Lindenwood University 


Sunday, March 3:

9 a.m. CT — Missouri vs. Tennessee

4 p.m. CT — Missouri vs. Lindenwood


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Missouri 0, Georgia 4


#22 Aysegul Mert/Dasha Vidmanova (UGA) def. #24 Inah Canete/Mae Canete (MIZ) 6-2

#23 Guillermina Grant/Mai Nirundorn (UGA) def. Romary Cardenas Rifka/Gabriela Martinez (MIZ) 6-4

Mell Reasco/Alexandra Vecic (UGA) vs. Andrea Artimedi/Emelie Schwarte (MIZ) 6-5, uf

Order of Finish: 1, 2


Mae Canete (MIZ) vs. #48 Alexandra Vecic (UGA) 7-5, 1-0, uf

#63 Mell Reasco (UGA) def. Inah Canete (MIZ) 6-2, 6-3

#95 Anastasiia Lopata (UGA) def. Gabriela Martinez (MIZ) 6-1, 5-0, uf

Guillermina Grant (UGA) def. Emelie Schwarte (MIZ) 6-2, 6-2

Aysegul Mert (UGA) def. Andrea Artimedi (MIZ) 6-1, 6-2

UGA Player vs. Romary Cardenas Rifka (MIZ) no result

Order of Finish: 4, 5, 2

Missouri 4, Lindenwood 0


#24 Inah Canete/Mae Canete (MIZ) def. Sarah Ben Aba/Yana Gaskell (LU) 6-0

Romary Cardenas Rifka/Gabriela Martinez (MIZ) def. Paola Garcia/Fabiana Labrador (LU) 6-1

Andrea Artimedi/Emelie Schwarte (MIZ) def. Juliana Kulczynski/Jordan Le (LU) 3-2, uf

Order of Finish: 1, 2


Mae Canete (MIZ) def. Yana Gaskell (LU) 6-1, 6-0

Inah Canete (MIZ) def. Fabiana Labrador (LU) 6-0, 6-1

Gabriela Martinez (MIZ) def. Paola Garcia (LU) 6-3, 2-1, uf

Andrea Artimedi (MIZ) def. Juliana Kulczynski (LU) 6-2, 6-1

Romary Cardenas Rifka (MIZ) def. Sarah Ben Aba (LU) no result 

Sophia McLellan (MIZ) def. Jordan Le (LU) no result

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4

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