Iowa State defeated by Texas in Austin

Max Dible

A change of scenery was not enough to snap Iowa State out of its slump. Iowa State was trounced 7-0 by No. 21 Texas on Friday, extending its losing streak to four meets.

The ISU tennis team (8-8, 0-3 Big 12) traveled to Austin on Wednesday in order to sneak in a few outdoor practices before playing its first meet under the Texas sun, but the strategy proved to bear little fruit.

The Cyclones got off to a promising start at No. 1 doubles, where they held a 7-5 advantage behind the racquets of junior Ksenia Pronina and freshman Samantha Budai before the match was called. 

The match was suspended because after Iowa State fell at both the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions, the doubles point was awarded to Texas. As a result, the match at No. 1 singles did not matter.

Pronina battled with No. 18 Breaunna Addison at No. 1 singles, but ultimately lost to Addison in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

In Budai’s return to singles action at the No. 2 spot, she was beaten soundly by No. 114 Elizabeth Begley, 6-1, 6-1.

Freshman Talisa Merchiers got the nod at No. 6 singles on the strength of a match win against Kansas State at home last weekend. However, she was defeated 6-2, 6-4 by Lana Groenvynk.

Iowa State will take the day on Saturday to travel to Waco, Texas before squaring off with No. 14 Baylor on Sunday, March 23. The matches were originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but have been re-slated to begin at 3 p.m.