Cyclones split matches in Hawaii


Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily

Senior Erin Karonis goes after the ball during the tennis match against Texas A&M on Friday. Karonis lost her match to A&M’s Nazari Urbina, and Iowa State lost overall with a score of 4-3.

Michael Schmitt

After winning its first meet of the season last Sunday, the ISU tennis team managed to double its win total while in Hawaii.

The Cyclones (2-8) defeated Eastern Michigan (4-8) 6-1 on Thursday. Despite not winning the doubles point, the team dominated in singles, winning in all six spots.

ISU players Ksenia Pronina and Simona Cacciuttolo extended their win streaks to four matches each, and senior Tessa Lang picked up her first singles win of the season for the Cyclones. Meghan Cassens, Marie-Christine Chartier and Maria Fernanda Macedo also picked up wins for Iowa State.

In doubles play, Cassens competed in her first doubles match of the season and teamed up with Chartier for the Cyclones’ lone victory.

On Saturday, Iowa State suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Hawaii (5-4).

In singles play, Chartier defeated Aglae Van den Bergh 6-3 to wrap up an undefeated weekend.

The Cyclones had tiebreaker opportunities in a few of the matches but failed to capitalize, resulting in their eighth loss of the season.

The Rainbow Wahine ended Iowa State’s two-game winning streak along with Proninas’ and Cacciuttolos’ four-match winning streaks. Lang, Macedo and Cassens also lost close matches in singles play for the Cyclones.

The teams didn’t compete in doubles due to a rain delay and travel time constraints.

Iowa State will return from Hawaii on Tuesday and prepare to face Drake (11-2) on Friday.