ISU tennis team still looking for 1st conference win


Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily

Junior Maria Macedo competes against Texas A&M’s Morgan Frank. Macedo lost to Frank, while Iowa State lost overall with a score of 3-4.

Michael Schmitt

After a pair of losses, the ISU tennis team will get almost two weeks to rebound for its next match on April 7.

On Friday, the Cyclones (3-14, 0-4 Big 12) were humbled by No. 44 Oklahoma 7-0. It was the second time the team has been swept this season, but the first time since the spring season opener.

Saturday went a little more smoothly, but Iowa State lost 5-2 to No. 41 Oklahoma State.

“It was tough because we really thought we could win,” said senior Maria Fernanda Macedo. “We’re just learning from this loss and we are very motivated and we really want to win.”

One of the main reasons for the Cyclones’ struggles, especially in Big 12 play, has been the fact that every conference opponent they’ve played so far has been ranked.

In nonconference play, Iowa State played five teams currently ranked in the top 75.

“We are right there with them, we just haven’t had those wins,” Macedo said. “We are competing with them and the fact [is] that we played a lot of very good teams before the Big 12 and that helped a lot because we were ready for Big 12 play, we knew what to expect.”

The team will have almost two weeks to prepare for its next opponent, Missouri.

Macedo said the team will work on doubles play along with possibly trying some new doubles formations.

Earlier in the week, assistant coach Rod Puebla said the doubles changes the Cyclones made were probably the last that would be made this season, and if they didn’t yield better results, they would probably switch back to the teams from the beginning of the season.

The doubles changes don’t seem to have given the team the results they want on the court since two of the teams are a combined 0-9.

The third doubles team — Tessa Lang and Marie-Christine Chartier — has remained unchanged for most of the season.

The duo has an 8-6 record in doubles this season, which is the best on the team. They are the only pair with a winning record for the spring season.

Macedo said the team has the potential to be ranked, but they have lost too many close matches to make the rankings. If Iowa State can stop that trend from continuing, it might be able to win its first Big 12 match next Saturday against Missouri.