ISU tennis team falls to No. 42 Missouri, 6-1

Michael Schmitt

On a blustery Friday afternoon, the ISU tennis team dropped a 6-1 match to Missouri in the team’s last time facing each other while in the same conference.

The Cyclones (3-15, 0-5 Big 12) started it off in doubles play, with the team of Maria Fernanda Macedo and Tessa Lang dropping an 8-1 match.

It was only the pair’s third time playing together this season, as the ISU coaches have been switching up the doubles teams to try and find the best combination.

The No. 3 doubles finished next for the Cyclones, and the team of Ksenia Pronina and Meghan Cassens lost 8-3 in their first meet playing together.

By that point, the Tigers (9-8, 1-4) had already clinched the doubles point, but ISU players Simona Cacciuttolo and Marie-Christine Chartier did not give up. The pair defeated their opponents 8-3 for the Cyclones’ lone win in doubles.

In No. 1 singles, ISU senior Macedo lost 6-0, 6-2 to Missouri’s Nina Pantic. ISU freshman Pronina kept it close but lost to Missouri’s Rachel Stuhlmann 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 2 spot.

Cacciuttolo was one of the bright spots for the Cyclones in singles, and defeated Missouri’s Maria Christiansen 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (9) in the No. 3 spot. The sophomore rallied after losing the first set 4-6 to win the next 6-4, she then went on to win a 10-point superbreak set to win the match.

In the No. 4 spot, Cassens lost 6-2, 6-3 to Missouri’s Jamie Mera, and ISU junior Jenna Langhorst lost 6-2, 6-2 for the Cyclones in the No. 5 singles spot.

In the No. 6 singles spot, Chartier lost after winning the first set 6-3. Chartier then lost the second 7-6 (7-5) and dropped the third 1-0 (7).

The Cyclones will host Kansas and Kansas State next weekend for the last two home meets of the season.