ISU tennis drops 4-0 match to Baylor


Photo:Zhenru Zhang/Iowa State Daily

Cyclones Jenna Langhorst and Marie-Christine Chartier lost the first set during the match against University of Missouri – Kansas City on Friday, March 4 at Ames Racquet & Fitness Center.

Michael Schmitt

The ISU tennis team was defeated by No. 13 Baylor on Monday 4-0. The coaches of both teams decided to end the match after Baylor clinched the win.

In doubles play the Lady Bears (22-6, 7-2 Big 12) won two of the three matches, with the ISU team of Marie-Christine Chartier and Simona Cacciuttolo losing their match 8-3 and the team of Tessa Lang and Maria Fernanda Macedo losing their match 8-1.

But on a positive note for the Cyclones (4-18, 1-8), the doubles team of Jenna Langhorst and Ksenia Pronina won their match 8-7. Playing well under pressure is something the coaches had emphasized recently, and Langhorst and Pronina did just that.

Things did not go so well for Iowa State in singles, as the team did not win any sets.

In the No. 1 singles spot Macedo had been hot as of late, winning two consecutive conference matches coming in to the meet against Baylor, unfortunately it did not last. Macedo was defeated by No. 24 Nina Secerbegovic of Baylor, 6-1, 6-2.

Baylor also dominated in the No. 2 spot, as No. 12 Diana Nakic defeated Pronina 6-1, 6-1.

Leading up to the match, Cattiuttolo had won four-straight conference meets. But she was defeated by No. 47 Sona Novakova 6-2 in the first set and did not finish the second.

ISU freshman Meghan Cassens also suffered defeat at the No. 4 spot against Ema Burgic, 6-0, 6-2.

To round out the match for the Cyclones, Langhorst was defeated 6-2 in the first set and did not finish the second, and Chartier lost the first set 6-2 and did not finish the second.

Iowa State will stay in Texas this week to prepare for the Big 12 Conference Tournament. The tournament will be held in College Station, Texas, and runs from Thursday through Sunday.

Iowa State will most likely play Missouri, with the Cylcones being the No. 9 seed and the Tigers the No. 8 seed. Missouri beat Iowa State earlier this season 6-1. The match will be at 10 a.m. Thursday.