The book closes on ISU tennis season


Senior Ksenia Pronina gets ready to serve during her singles match. The match went unfinished because No. 10 Oklahoma State won three other matches to secure a 4-0 victory.

Brian Mozey

That’s a wrap.

The 2015 season came to a close on April 23 for the ISU tennis team as it lost 4-1 against Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. The No. 8-seeded Cyclones started strong in doubles, but fell short in the singles matches to give the victory to No. 9-seeded Kansas State.

“Hats off to Kansas State for fighting back after the doubles point,” said coach Armando Espinosa. “They came out and played their game better than ours which led to their win.”

Iowa State came out winning the doubles point with victories in No. 2 and 3 doubles. The singles matches started strong with close first sets, but resulted in straight set losses by some of the top players on the team.

Looking back at the regular season, Iowa State defeated Kansas State 4-3 after losing the doubles point in Manhattan, Kan. The opposite was true in the Big 12 tournament with Iowa State winning the doubles point and Kansas State taking home the victory.

“It’s a total flip-flop of what happened in the regular season,” said senior Caroline Andersen. “It’s too bad we had to finish this great season this way, but congrats to Kansas State.”

The match will be the last one for the three seniors on the team in their ISU tennis careers. Espinosa said it was a little emotional at the end of the match for them because he believes they realized they were done at Iowa State.

Senior Meghan Cassens said the team had a lot of confidence going into the singles match after winning the doubles point, but it seemed like Kansas State figured out their game before the ISU tennis team could.

“You never want to end your season and career with a loss, but I love everyone on this team no matter what,” said senior Ksenia Pronina. “I know they’ll do great things next year with this chip on their shoulder.”

The players haven’t looked into the future quite yet with the loss still fresh on their minds, but they know three seniors are leaving and some of the players will have to step up their game to improve on their record.

Iowa State ended the season with a 2-8 Big 12 conference record and 7-16 overall.

Espinosa said he made sure to talk with the team after the match to tell them how proud he was of the success throughout this season and that there’s nothing to regret. He said he believes this team has been one of the best teams he has coached at Iowa State, and he hopes they’ve learned lessons this season that they can contribute to next season.

“This has been a great season for Iowa State tennis,” Andersen said. “This is just another step to a great future for the Iowa State program and Iowa State University as a whole.”