Cyclones struggle against ranked Baylor


Iowa State junior Samantha Budai hits the ball at the Kansas match on April 10 at the Forker Tennis Courts.

Andrew Smith

The Iowa State tennis team (15-5, 1-3 Big 12) fell to the No. 15 Baylor Bears (14-5, 2-2 Big 12) 4-0 on Friday afternoon in Urbandale, Iowa. 

Iowa State knew this would be a tall task to take on the Baylor, and the Bears quickly proved why they were nationally ranked and gave the Cyclones all they could ask for.

The match started off poorly for the Cyclones as they failed to get anything going as they quickly lost the doubles point to a talented Baylor lineup.

Maty Cancini and Sami Budai struggled early and dropped their match 6-1.The No. 2 spot didn’t find much luck either as they lost 6-2.

Iowa State dug itself to a hole heading into singles but managed to still find a way to improve.

Budai had an early 3-2 lead over Blair Shankle before Shankle turned it up a notch and showed why she was nationally ranked and put Budai away 6-3, 6-0.

Shorty after Regina Espindola lost her match and Erin Freeman dropped a tough match giving Baylor the win.

The freshman duo of Maty Cancini and Margarita Timakova played well in their matches each winning one set before the match was called, building confidence moving into Sundays matchup with No. 21 Texas and Central College.