Cyclone tennis making new strides

Clint Cole

The ISU tennis team, led by coach Armando Espinosa and assistant coach Rodrigo Puebla, begins its season by traveling to tournaments from September through November. The regular season’s dual meets begin in January.

Since the Cyclones made Espinosa their head coach in the 2008-09 season, they have had a knack for snapping nasty streaks.

During the 2008-09 season the Cyclones defeated Kansas State in Ames. This marked the team’s first Big 12 win since 2002. The next season, it defeated both Missouri and Colorado in Ames. That was the first time since 2001 that the Cyclones had 2 conference wins. Just last season, the Cyclones beat Colorado 5-2 in Boulder, giving the team its first Big 12 road victory since 1997. The squad still has a long way to go, seeing as it finished the regular season 10-15 overall and 1-10 in the Big 12. However, it seems to be going in the right direction under Espinosa.

Early in the season, the Cyclones will practice and hold dual meets at Ames Racquet and Fitness, but will move out to the Forker Tennis Courts when the weather gets nicer. Admission is free.