Sooners edge out Cyclones


Regina Espindola returns a serve. Espindola and her partner Erin Freeman played no. 3 doubles against Oklahoma on April 21 at Forker Tennis Courts. No. 3 doubles went on to lose to Oklahoma, 5-7. 

Andrew Smith

The Iowa State tennis team (15-9, 1-7 Big 12) fell on Friday afternoon 4-0 against No. 38 Oklahoma in a match that was closer than the final score indicated.

The Cyclones jumped out to a quick lead as Samantha Budai and Maty Cancini shocked the No.78 ranked doubles team pulling away 6-2. The Sooners refused to give up winning the No. 2 spot by a final of 6-2.

It all boiled down to a dogfight at the No. 3 doubles where the Cyclones fell in heartbreaking fashion 7-5, (0-4).

Down a point but not discouraged the Cyclones fought back in singles but couldn’t muster up the strength to complete the comeback ultimately falling.

Iowa State was limited in the singles lineup with Budai only playing doubles and Margarita Timakova out the Cyclones relied on Karen Alvarez and Natalie Phippen to fill in.

The Sooners took advantage and dominated at the one, five and six spots winning all three either 6-1,61 or 6-0, 6-0.

The Cyclones may have been limited in the lineup but the center of the lineup were all three in position to possibly win but the matches were called as the Sooner triumphed.

The Cyclones will welcome the No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowgirls to Forker courts on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Cyclones will also be celebrating Senior day for Phippen and Budai.