Bronte Makes NCAA Division I Singles Tennis Tourney
Why yes, we have reached the slow part of the news cycle when the most notable Mizzou news I could find was that junior Brit, Bronte Murgett, becomes just the third Tiger in Mizzou Tennis history to earn herself a spot in the NCAA Division I Singles Tennis Tournament, which will take place beginning May 23 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, FL.
At the end of last month, Bronte was named Second Team All-SEC, becoming the fourth Tiger to earn All-SEC honors. In just her first season at Mizzou — she spent three seasons at New Mexico — Bronte posted an 18-8 record in singles competition this season and currently ranks No. 31 in the Oracle/ITA National Singles Rankings. She finished the regular season strong with wins over two ranked players (No. 50 Taylor Bridges of LSU & No. 35 Indianna Spink of Arksansas), according to MUTigers.com.
There’s also a chance we may see Murgett in the doubles portion of the tourney, too, and she and her partner, senior Marta Oliveira, were selected as the No. 3 alternate for the doubles portion of the tournament.
On to the Links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Nate the Great looked at what to expect from year two qb’s in Drinkwitz’s system.
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: BK looked at Mizzou’s performance in the NFL draft, which was the best since 2015.
- Eric Blum asked in a new Blum’s Banter what closing the gap means for Mizzou football in 2021.
- Faurot is getting a fresh cut (turf) for the start of a new season.
- Mizzou commit Max Whisner posted a picture of his new kicks, and they are [insert fire emojis]. Big fan of Air Forces, and it goes without saying, anything black & gold.
- Perhaps a change of heart for Boonville’s DJ Wesolak?
Hoops/Other Mizzou Sports
- CBC four-star Chandler Jackson will meet with Cuonzo Martin & Co according to this new report from Stockrisers’ Jake Weingarten.
- The Maneater sports staff compiled a cool story on 10 moments that defined a wild 2020-2021 Missouri sports season. Moments range from witnessing CFB history in the Vandy game and Mitchell Smith’s blocked shot in the Alabama win to the #Mizzou4Change athlete march and gymnastics’ program-best record. I highly suggest checking it out.
- Briar Napier covered the news of Bronte Murgett making the NCAA field despite a rather forgettable year from Mizzou Tennis.
- Larissa Anderson’s team hopes to get back to their winning ways as they face Tennessee (No. 17 in the new NFCA Poll) on the road this weekend in their regular season finale.
Mizzou in the NFL
- Dave Matter looked at the 28 former Mizzou players who have themselves on NFL rosters. Most of your favorite Tigers will be found in the AFC, where 21 of them have signed. Also, Matter notes, a few high-profile former Tigers are currently without homes— Sheldon Richardson and newly minted Super Bowl champ, Blain Gabbert.
- The Denver Post’s Kyle O’Halloran and Mark Kiszla debated on who would be the Broncos’ starting quarterback Week 1, Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater.
- Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski recently told reporters that despite signing two defensive tackles this week, he’d love to bring back the recently released Sheldon Richardson. (NBC Pro Football Talk)
- Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said Friday that they expect to re-sign Blaine Gabbert despite taking Kyle Trask in the draft, according to Charean Williams of NBC’s Pro Football Talk.
Mizzou in the NBA/WNBA
- Jontay Porter did not play in the Grizzlies’ 118-104 loss to the red hot Knicks on Monday evening.
- Michael Porter Jr played a team-high 40 minutes in the Nuggets’ 93-89 loss to the LeBron-less Lakers on Monday night. MPJ had 19 points on 8-15 shooting (2-7 from three), with 6 rebounds and 1 steal. Despite the loss, the Nuggets have secured their spot in the playoffs, and look who made it onto the NBA’s tweet!
The Nuggets have officially clinched their playoff spot! ⚒️ pic.twitter.com/C0NCDLFQGb— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 4, 2021
In an article that makes the Mizzou fan in me all sorts of uncomfortable, the Denver Post’s Sean Keeler said MPJ has become for the Nuggets what people thought Drew Lock would be for the Broncos. Regardless of how this writer does not appear to appreciate Drew Lock, it is a very good look at Mike, and worth a read.
- Jordan Clarkson played a team high 34 minutes —while not being a starter— in the Jazz’s 110-99 win over the Spurs on Monday night. JC scored 16 points on 7-20 shooting (2-10 from three) with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and steals.
FanSided’s Matt Giles identified three “gifts” of JC that scream 6th Man of the Year.
- Sophie Cunningham is back in training camp preparing for her third season with the Mercury and still takes time clown around. You love to see it.
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