ISU tennis tested by North Dakota in home victory

Max Dible

The ISU tennis team is still perfect at home in 2014 after holding on in a closely contested meet with North Dakota in which three matches found their way to a third set.

The Cyclones won by an official score of 7-0, but North Dakota put up a closer fight than indicated by the final tally.

Iowa State swept doubles with relative ease as No 1. doubles, featuring junior Ksenia Pronina and freshman Samantha Budai, won 6-3 over North Dakota’s Stephanie Petsis and Lacey Sprinkel.

Junior Meghan Cassens and sophomore Ana Gasparovic duplicated that result at No. 2 doubles, defeating Callie Ronkowski and Faith Lee by a score of 6-3 as well.

The most convincing win belonged to senior Emma Waites and junior Caroline Andersen at No. 3 doubles, who ousted Mikaela Bennett and Stephanie Biehn, 6-2.

Singles proved a more competitive format between the two teams, even after Pronina won handily at No. 1 singles over Petsis, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 2 singles player Samantha Budai was tested early, losing the first set 3-6 to North Dakota standout Ronkowski. Budai was able to adjust and ultimately make her way to victory in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6).

Cassens dropped the first set to Sprinkel 2-6 at No. 3 singles, but flipped a switch in the second and third sets to win, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (3).

Freshman and No. 5 singles player Lydia Green was the third Cyclone to falter in her opening set, falling behind early against Faith Lee, 4-6. Green bounced back, winning the next two sets and eventually claiming victory over Lee, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (2)

Gasparovic and Andersen won in straight sets at the No.4 and No. 6 singles slots respectively, sealing a hard-earned sweep for the Cyclones.

Iowa State will go on tour next week, as they head to Milwaukee for a match up against Marquette on Fri. Feb. 7 at 4:00 p.m.

That meet will be followed by a contest against Wisconsin-Milwaukee set for 12:30 p.m. on Sat, Feb. 8. It is the first of four consecutive weekends away from home for Iowa State.