Cyclones fall to ranked duo in trip to Texas


Iowa State head coach Armando Espinosa watches the Cyclones at their match against Kansas at the Forker Tennis Courts on April 10, 2016. ISU fell 4-2.

Andrew Smith

The Iowa State tennis team (15-8, 1-6 Big 12) faced its fifth and sixth straight ranked opponents this season when it traveled to Texas to take on No. 5 Texas Tech and No. 3 TCU.

The Cyclones kicked off the weekend of action when the faced the highest ranked team all season in Texas Tech. The Cyclones also had an even tougher time taking in the Red Raiders without senior standout Sami Budai.

The Red Raiders flexed their muscle early on in doubles and quickly won the No. 3 and 1 matches by a final of 6-1 and 6-0. Natalie Phippen found herself in the starting lineup at the six spot moving into singles.

The Cyclones couldn’t manage to muster up a comeback as they dropped the No. 1 ,5 and 6 spots where only one Cyclone managed to win a game. The Cyclones couldn’t manage to win a set as a whole.

It wasnt all doom and gloom however, Regina Espindola played up a spot and managed to find herself up early in the second set of her match 4-3 before the match was called.

The Red Raiders ended up taking the match 4-0 and giving the Cyclones a fifth straight loss.

The Cyclones then had a day off to travel to Fort Worth, Texas to take on the No. 30 TCU Horned Frogs also without Sami Budai.

Iowa State managed to fair a little better in this match where the made doubles very competitive.

The No.1 spot of Maty Cancini and Annabella Bonadonna found themselves up 5-4 before the match was called. The No. 2, and 3 both lost in tough matches 6-3, and 6-4 respectively.

Iowa State struggle once again in singles with a young lineup taking the court. TCU took advantage of this and ended up winning at No. 2, 4 and 5.

The Cyclones were affected by the weather as they were forced to move inside due to high winds and with that No.6 singles didn’t even get their match off the ground as the meet was called before it could get going.

The Cyclones are now all done with road trips finishing at 8-6 on the season and will have a week off to prepare for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the final homestand of the season on April 21st and 23rd.