Kansas Invitational wraps up on Sunday


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.

Gavin Ray

Iowa State Tennis finished their weekend at the Kansas Invitational strong on Sunday. After struggling on Friday and Saturday, the Cyclones’ were able to go 4-2 in singles action to wrap up the weekend. Chie Kezuka took down Kansas’ Julia Deming in just two sets by scores of 6-1 and 6-3. Kezuka also went up against Kansas State’s Margot Decker, who she also beat in two sets by scores of 6-2 and 6-4. Ting-Pei Chang won her match over KSU’s Ioana Gheorghita in a nail biting 3 set match, winning the first and third sets 7-5 but losing the second set 5-7. Christin Hsieh knocked down KSU’s Manami Ukita in two sets by scores of 6-4 and 6-1. Ellie Murphy and Maty Cancini out of Iowa State were not able to win their matches however. Murphy lost to KSU’s Karine-Marion Job in two close sets by scores of 7-5 and 6-3. Cancini also lost in just two sets as she was unable to complete her weekend sweep for singles action. She fell to Kansas’ Malkia Ngounoue by scores of 6-4 and 6-1.

Despite Iowa State’s success in singles action on Sunday, their doubles matches did not have the same result. They lost three out of their four matches. Starting off with Chang and Hsieh losing to Tiffany Lagarde and Carmen Roxana Manu out of Kansas 6-3. Cancini was able to bounce back after her singles loss as her and Ellie Murphy took down Rosanna Mafffei and Ioaha Gheorghita from KSU 6-1. Hsieh lost her second doubles match of the day as she teamed up with Chie Kezuka. A tough battle was lost against Sonia Smagina and Malkia Ngounoue out of Kansas by a score of 6-4. Cancini and Chang lost the final match of the weekend 6-2 against Kansas State’s Ioana Gheorghita and Karine-Marion Job. Iowa State will not play again until the Kansas State Fall Invitaional October 30th through November 1st.