Cyclones drop two indoor matches VEISHEA weekend


Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily

Senior Erin Karonis gets ready for the ball while playing Texas A&M on Friday. Iowa State lost to Texas A&M with a score of 4-3.

Clint Cole

The ISU tennis team played its final two home meets last Friday and Saturday. The Cyclones (10-14, 1-9 Big 12) were defeated by Texas A&M by a score of 4-3 Friday, and fell to No. 25 Texas on Saturday. Due to adverse weather conditions, both duals were played indoors at Ames Racquet and Fitness.

Despite the loss, the Cyclones kept it close with the Aggies (12-6, 5-3 Big 12). The Aggies defeated the Cyclones in two of the three doubles matches to secure the doubles point. Sophomore Simona Cacciuttolo and senior Erin Karonis lost to Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank 8-3 at the No. 2 spot and sophomore Jenna Langhorst and senior Liza Wischer were defeated by Sheri Oliver and Nazari Urbina 8-5 at the No. 3 spot.

Juniors Tessa Lang and Maria Macedo provided the Cyclones’ only double victory against the Aggies. They beat Christi Liles and Christie Potgieter 8-4 at the No. 1 spot.

“The team we played today was suitable to our game style,” Lang said. “We could just play consistent, play smart, and we really served well and volleyed well, which are the keys to playing good doubles.”

Lang also won her singles match. She defeated Christi Liles 6-4 and 6-2 at the No. 3 spot. Junior Marie-Christine Chartier defeated Jenelle Cuthbertson 3-6, 7-5 (5) and 1-0 (5) at the No. 5 spot. Senior Liza Wischer had the Cyclones’ final victory of the day. She defeated Stephanie Davidson 6-1 and 6-3 at the No. 6 spot.

The Cyclones were back inside Saturday for their dual against the No. 25 Longhorns (14-6, 9-2). A ceremony honoring the three Cyclone seniors took place before the meet began.

The Cyclones dropped all three doubles matches, surrendering the point to the Longhorns. Lang and Macedo were defeated by Amanda Cradock and Cierra Gayton-Leach 8-4 at the No. 1 spot. Cacciuttolo and Karonis fell to Caroline Larsson and Krista Damico 8-4 at the No. 2 spot and Langhorst and Wischer lost to Juliana Gajic and Maggie Mello 8-7 (3) at the No. 3 spot.

The Cyclones picked up two singles victories against the Longhorns. Macedo defeated Mello in three sets with scores of 7-5, 6-4 and 1-0 at the No. 2 spot. Wischer defeated Elizabeth Begley 6-4, 5-7 and 1-0 at the No. 6 spot.

The Cyclones finish the regular season Saturday against Nebraska in Lincoln. The following week the Cyclones will travel to Waco, Texas, for the Big 12 Championships starting April 28.