ISU tennis team gets first Big 12 win

Michael Schmitt

The ISU tennis team ended its eight-match losing streak on Sunday, when it defeated Kansas 6-1.

The Cyclones (4-16, 1-6 Big 12) came close to winning the doubles point, losing two matches 8-5 and 8-6 and winning one 8-5.

But 1-0 was the only lead Kansas (9-11, 0-8) could hold onto as Iowa State dominated singles play, winning five of the six spots in two sets.

ISU freshman Ksenia Pronina started singles play off on the right foot for the Cyclones. Pronina defeated the Jayhawks’ Paulina Los 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 2 spot to tie the match up at 1-1.

Fellow freshman Meghan Cassens pushed the Cyclones ahead 2-1 after defeating Dylan Windom 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 4 spot.

In the No. 1 spot ISU senior Maria Fernanda Macedo defeated Monica Pezzotti 6-4, 6-2 for a 3-1 lead.

To clinch the win for the Cyclones, ISU sophomore Simona Cacciuttolo defeated Maria Belen Luduena 6-4, 6-3.

In the No. 5 spot ISU junior Jenna Langhorst won her first set 6-2 before losing the second 7-5. But Langhorst rallied back to win the third set 6-3.

ISU senior Marie-Christine Chartier won her first set 6-2 and pulled through in the second for a 7-5 victory.