Cyclones get set to take on Flames and Hawkeyes this weekend


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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 will be hoping to break into the win column this weekend after close losses in its meets last weekend.

The Cyclones (0-3) travel to Iowa City to take on Illinois-Chicago (2-2) on Saturday and Iowa (1-0) on Sunday. Both meets are set to start at noon.

One of the big reasons for the Cyclones’ struggles so far has been their inability to win the doubles point.

“I think we need to practice a little bit more doubles so we can get that doubles point because that helps a lot,” said senior Maria Macedo.

Iowa State has had some issues with consistency during the past few meets, but coach Armando Espinosa said if the team puts it together it can still have a successful season.

“We just have to be very consistent in doubles as well as in singles, there has to be nine good efforts out there,” Espinosa said.

Freshmen Meghan Cassens and Ksenia Pronina will try to keep their success from this past weekend going in Iowa City. Cassens and Pronina both went 2-0 in singles and seniors Marie-Christine Chartier and Tessa Lang went 2-0 in doubles.

Cassens noted the Minnesota meet as the turning point for her and Pronina.

“We have been learning from our mistakes, especially when we played against Minnesota, after playing them we figured out what we needed to work on and that was really helpful,” Cassens said.

The Flames come in with close losses to Marquette and Wisconsin along with wins over Toledo and Bowling Green. Iowa State also lost to Marquette last weekend.

Then on Sunday the Cyclones will take on the Hawkeyes, who won their only meet so far this season against Illinois State 7-0 last Saturday.

If the Cyclones want to be successful, Cassens said there are a few key things they need to work on.

“I think finishing out, like when we’re ahead, being able to adjust, we start off well and then our opponents kind of change what they’re doing so we just need to be able to adapt after they change their game and how they play us,” Cassens said.