It came down to the very end for the Missouri State women’s tennis Bears on Friday night, but they lost to Southeast Missouri State 4-3 at home.
The meet was tied 3-3 with one singles match still going on. Bears freshman Alyson Piskulic began that match at 8 p.m., and it was not finished until 10:01 p.m.
Piskulic lost the first set but won the second to make things tied 1-1 headed into the final set. She needed to win six games to win the match, but her opponent kept pace with her, leaving them tied at 6-6. They went to a seven-point tiebreaker, which SEMO won 7-4.
While Piskulic did not win the match, head coach Mallory Weber was impressed with how she played.
“She did a great job,” Weber said. “For a freshman to be put in that position when the entire thing is riding on how she does — and to fight back like she did — it’s really good.”
Weber said the team did a good job coming out strong in the doubles matches but needs to make sure it plays better down the stretch.
“The start helped set the momentum, and we had people step up in singles matches to give us a chance,” Weber said. “It’s a matter of executing and finishing.”
The Bears play next Sunday at 10 a.m. at Cooper Tennis Complex.