Iowa State Tennis finishes first day at Kansas Invitational


Maty Cancini prepares to serve. Sami Budai and Cancini played no. 1 doubles against Oklahoma on April 21 at Forker Tennis Courts. No. 1 doubles went on to win 6-2, and was the sole winning doubles team for Iowa State.

Friday marked day one at the Kansas Invitational for the Iowa State Tennis team. Starting off the day, Cyclones’ Maty Cancini started slow dropping the first set against Kansas’ Sonia Smagina 6-7(2). However, Cancini rebounded taking the second set 6-2 and the third set 7-6(3). This win moves Cancini to 3-1 in singles so far in Fall 2020. For the rest of the singles matches, Cyclones’ Ting-Pei Chang fell to Kansas States’ Karine-Marion Job in 3 sets, Losing sets one and three 7-6(5), and 7-5 respectively, and winning the second set 6-3. Vasiliki Karvouni from Kansas took down Cyclones’ Christin Hsieh in just two sets, winning both 6-2. To round out the singles action, Iowa States’ Ellie Murphy lost both sets to Ioana Gheorghita from Kansas State, 6-4 each.

For doubles action, Iowa State did not bode well as they lost all three matches on the day, all versus Kansas State. Christin Hsieh and Chie Kezuka out of Iowa State fell twice in doubles, once to Margot Decker and Anna Turco by a score of 6-3, and once to Karine-Marion Job and Maria Linares 6-1. Maty Cancini and Tink-Pei Chang from ISU fell to Kansas States’ Rosanna Maffei and Manami Ukita 7-5. That wraps up Friday’s action at the Kansas Invitational as Iowa State will look to bounce back from their tough day all around.