Cyclones come close, can’t upset Sooners


Meghan Cassens strikes the ball during double matches in Iowa State’s loss against Oklahoma 4-3 on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Forker Courts.

Beau Berkley

One point was all that stood between the Cyclones and an upset.

Iowa State (7-11, 0-5 Big 12) lost a close 4-3 meet to No. 34 Oklahoma (11-6, 4-2) on Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Forker Tennis Courts.

The Cyclones tied the doubles portion of the meet at 1-1 after Meghan Cassens and Simona Cacciuttolo secured a convincing 8-1 win against Zita Engbroks and Whitney Wofford. However, the Cyclones fell short in their pursuit of the doubles point after Caroline Andersen and Emma Waites’ attempt at a comeback was denied by Mia Lancaster and Emma Devine.

The match against Oklahoma was only the second in which Cacciuttolo and Cassens have played together, it was also their second win.

“This was our second time playing together, but we play really well together and I’m comfortable playing with her,” Cassens said. “It was nice getting a win against a team like this.”

On the singles side, the ending was much better than the beginning for the Cyclones.

The Cyclones went down 4-0, putting the meet out of reach. Cassens proceeded to breathe some life back into the Cyclones, winning her match in two sets.

Senior Jenna Langhorst soon followed suit, winning her match in a third set tiebreaker.

Cacciuttolo went down early, losing the first set in a tiebreaker. She then battled back in the second set and took the tiebreaker.

It took one more tiebreaker to decide the winner.

Cacciuttolo was down 9-4 before battling back and winning 11-9 to take the tiebreaker and the match, which lasted roughly three hours.

“I didn’t even notice the time — I had nothing on my mind but the match,” Cacciuttolo said. “In the beginning I was always up and had a lot of set points to win, but I couldn’t take advantage. I changed up a few things and they worked. I was just trying to keep the ball in play and give 110 percent.”

Cacciuttolo’s match sent the Cyclones out on a high note despite the loss.

With the Cyclones so close to success, coach Armando Espinosa wants the Cyclones to learn from the meet and come back stronger

“I think against a good team like Oklahoma we’re still in uncharted territory, but that is something we need to learn from,” Espinosa said. “We just need to give ourselves a chance to stay in the meet a little longer and believe we can compete. They’ve seen that they can compete, so hopefully they carry that on.”