Cyclones fall to No. 31 Kansas State

Clint Cole

The ISU tennis team played host to No. 31 Kansas State on a warm, breezy Sunday afternoon. The Cyclones (10-10, 1-5 Big 12) lost to the Wildcats (12-4, 3-3 Big 12) by a score of 5-2 in a match where calls were close and both teams were fired up.

“Calls are going to go both ways,” said ISU coach Armando Espinosa. “Whether it’s your way or their way, it’s just a matter of keeping the composure.”

The Cyclones failed to secure the doubles point for the second straight meet. Sophomore Simona Cacciuttolo and Karonis defeated Karla Bonacic and Antea Huljev 8-4 at the No. 2 doubles spot for the Cyclones only doubles victory of the day.

Juniors Maria Macedo and Tessa Lang were defeated by Nina Sertic and Petra Niedermayerova 8-6 at the No. 1 doubles spot, and Cyclone senior Liza Wischer and sophomore Jenna Langhorst were defeated by Carmen Borau Ramos and Ana Gomez Aleman 8-5 at the No. 3 spot.

The only two Cyclones points of the day came from Marie Christine-Chartier and Wischer as each won in straight sets.

Macedo lost to Antea Huljev 6-4, 4-6 and 4-6 at the No. 2 spot singles spot. Lang was defeated by Karla Bonacic 5-7 and 1-6 at the no. 3 spot.

“I think we fought hard,” Espinosa said. “We kind of carried a little bit of momentum in singles but we just couldn’t capitalize.”

Karonis was defeated by Petra Niedermayerova in straight sets 1-6 and 2-6 at the No. 1 singles spot.

“I never felt comfortable the whole match because she pushed me back so well,” Karonis said.

Despite the loss, Karonis still feels optimistic since she is 4-2 in Big 12 play. The Cyclones hit the road this Friday and Sunday as they prepare to take on Texas Tech and Baylor.