Tennis team serves up three victories

Mark Pawlak

The ISU women’s tennis team swept through their competition over spring break, winning all three matches.

The Cyclones beat Oral Roberts, 4-3, California-Riverside, 7-0, and Cal State Northridge, 4-3.

“I think it was the best stretch of meets all year long for us,” ISU head coach Michele Conlon said. “We were really focused.”

Doubles play was important to the Cyclone victories. The squad won eight of the nine possible doubles matches. The No. 1 team of Noortje Cornelissen and Sabrina Evers and the No. 2 team of Edna Vazquez and Courtney Leese each won all three of their matches.

“The doubles have always been a strength,” Conlon said. The players enjoy doubles, and “their talent and enthusiasm carry over,” she said.

In beating UC-Riverside, Iowa State won all the meet’s matches. In the No. 1 singles match, Vazquez won in three sets. The other matches saw No. 2 Kristin Gyaki, No. 3 Cornelissen, No. 4 Evers, No. 5 Leese and No. 6 Karin Westberg pick up victories in straight sets.

The Cal State Northridge meet saw the Cyclones winning two of the three doubles matches and splitting the singles matches with victories from Gyaki, Evers and Tara Goedjen.

The freshman Evers put together a great string of matches.

“Sabrina didn’t lose a match the entire week,” Conlon said. “She played well.”

The Cyclones are next in action against Drake March 30, beginning a stretch of six straight home meets.

“Drake is one of the top Missouri Valley Conference programs,” Conlon said. “We know we’ll have our hands full. I think we’ll be ready to compete.”