Iowa State’s struggles continue in Texas

Max Dible

Iowa State was swept 7-0 on Sunday by No. 14 Baylor to cap off a weekend in which the Cyclones failed to earn a point.

The ISU tennis team (8-9, 0-4 Big 12) traveled to Texas for a long weekend of play, meeting No. 21 Texas on Friday and No. 14 Baylor on Sunday in two meets that mirrored one another.

Both of the Cyclones’ opponents were highly ranked teams, and each boasted three individually ranked players at the top of its rotations.

The challenges facing Iowa State were amplified by a long road trip as the Cyclones left Iowa on Wednesday. The meets were both held outdoors – something the Cyclones do not have a lot of experience with this season.

Iowa State was unable to overcome the array of disadvantages against Texas and suffered the same fate against Baylor.

The Cyclones lost all three doubles matches, with the closest contest coming at the No. 1 spot where junior Ksenia Pronina and freshman Samantha Budai were beaten by Blair Shankle and Alex Clay, 8-4.

The meet did not get any easier for Iowa State as the teams moved into the singles format.

Klah Generette of Baylor, ranked 52nd in the nation, dropped Pronina at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Budai did not fair much better at the No. 2 spot against 68th ranked Ema Burgic, losing by a score of 6-3, 6-0.

Junior Meghan Cassens met her second ranked opponent in a row, falling to No. 122 Jordaan Sanford 6-1, 6-2.

Sophomore Ana Gasparovic was shutout at No. 4 singles, while senior Emma Waites and freshman Talisa Merchiers were both beaten in straight sets at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions respectively.

The Cyclones return to Ames next Friday to battle TCU. Matches are set begin at 3 p.m.