TENNIS: Cyclones attempt sweep of in-state opponents

Dan Tracy

Iowa State notched its second win over an in-state rival this season with a 7–0 sweep over the UNI Panthers on Wednesday.

The Cyclones (4–2) did not drop a set in either singles or doubles in their first match with the Panthers since 2005. The Cyclones also defeated Drake 6–1 on Feb. 5.

“It’s a good stepping stone for us, [Northern Iowa] is not a bad team at all, we just played really well,” coach Armando Espinoza said.

The No. 1 doubles team of junior Erin Karonis and freshman Jenna Langhorst picked up its fifth victory in both singles and doubles. Karonis and Langhorst each went to 5–1 on the season with their singles victories and also teamed up to defeat Northern Iowa’s Talia Jang-Stewart and Sampada Kanade.

The No. 2 doubles tandem of senior Alyssa Palen and junior Liza Wischer continued its undefeated season with its fifth win, an 86 victory over Laia Gonzalez-Garrido and Jessica Kunzelmann.

“I was pretty happy with how we played in doubles and it certainly set the tone for the singles,” Espinosa said.

In singles, freshman Jasmine Lee returned to the lineup and put the exclamation point on the Cyclones’ sweep, winning her No. 6 singles match 6–1, 6–3 over Kanade. Wischer and sophomores Maria Macedo and Marie-Christine Chartier picked up the other three singles victories for Iowa State.

The Cyclones will get their shot at a sweep of the state when they travel to Iowa City this weekend for a pair of matches with Marquette and the rival Iowa Hawkeyes. They will match-up with Marquette (7-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday. and then take on Iowa (3–1) at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Espinosa hopes that the Hawkeyes can not only give his team a non-conference test, but also a preview of what’s to come in the Big 12 conference season that begins in less than a month. The Hawkeyes are coming off of a pair of wins over Big 12 opponents last weekend with a 6–1 victory over Kansas and a 7–0 sweep over Kansas State.

“Hopefully [playing Iowa] will give us a good idea of what the Big 12 is like,” Espinosa said.