Iowa State rock-chalked by Jayhawks in Big 12 conference opener

Max Dible

Iowa State dropped its first meet in Big 12 conference play Friday by way of a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Kansas.

The ISU tennis team (8-6, 0-1 Big 12) started out the day on a high note, capturing the No. 1 doubles match 8-6. Featured in the victory alongside junior Ksenia Pronina was freshman Samantha Budai, who came into the match battling multiple injuries.

Although Budai participated in doubles, she was not on the singles roster and rested for the duration of the meet.

Junior Meghan Cassens and sophomore Ana Gasparovic lost a close battle at No. 2 doubles, falling 8-6.

At the No. 3 position freshman Lydia Green and junior Caroline Andersen were shutout 8-0. The loss surrendered the doubles point to Kansas, which moved into singles play up 1-0.

Pronina held serve at No. 1 singles, proving out over Dylan Windom of Kansas, 7-6, 6-4, but it was all downhill for the Cyclones from there.

Cassens, bumped to the No. 2 spot in Budai’s absence, fought back after losing the first set to force a third set tiebreak, but ultimately lost to Maria Jose Cardona. Cardona took the match, 6-2, 3-6, (8).

Gasparovic and Green, each playing up a spot in the singles rotation as well, were defeated quickly and by identical scores of 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions.

Senior Emma Waites took the court at No. 5 singles falling in two sets to Claire Dreyer of Kansas, while freshman Talisa Merchiers was beaten out at the No. 6 spot in straight sets.

The Cyclones head back to Ames Racquet and Fitness Sunday for a battle against conference foe Kansas State. Matches are set to begin at 11 a.m.