Marshall sweeps Iowa State in tennis

Max Dible

The ISU tennis team (6-4, 0-0 Big 12) was swept 7-0 by Marshall on Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis.

It was the second-straight shutout loss for Iowa State, which also fell 7-0 to Minnesota Friday evening.

While both losses read as sweeps, the Cyclones offered a more competitive performance against the 70th ranked Thundering Herd than they did versus the Golden Gophers. Minnesota won every singles match against Iowa State in straight sets.

Junior Ksenia Pronina and freshman Samantha Budai won easily at No. 1 doubles, defeating Dana Oppinger and Anna Pomyatinskaya of Marshall, 8-2.

Junior Meghan Cassens and sophomore Ana Gasparovic were beat in a tiebreak at No. 2 doubles, 8-7, 7-1. That loss left the double point to be decided at the No. 3 spot, where junior Caroline Andersen and senior Emma Waites fell short, losing 8-5.

Pronina took the first set at No. 1 singles, but ultimately lost to Oppinger in three sets, 6-4, 5-6, 10-7.

Waites’ match also went the full three sets at No. 5 singles, but she was eventually downed by Pomyatinskaya, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

Budai, Cassens, Gasparovic and Andersen all lost their singles matches in straight sets.

The Cyclones return to Ames for their first home meets in nearly a month against Bradley and South Dakota on Friday.

Bradley is up first, with matches set to begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at Ames Racquet and Fitness Center.