ISU tennis falls to Northern Iowa


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Senior Ksenia Pronina serves to her Nebraska-Omaha opponent on Jan. 30, 2015 at Ames Racquet and Fitness. The Cyclones swept the match 7-0.

Brian Mozey

ISU tennis hasn’t experienced a loss to Northern Iowa in 10 years, but that streak ended in this year’s match. 

Iowa State lost to UNI 4-2 with different lineup changes than the first three matches of the regular season due to injuries suffered before the meet. 

Junior Ana Gasparovic was held out of doubles and singles and sophomore Talisa Merchiers was not in the singles lineup. 

Without these regular players, sophomore Natalie Phippen played with senior Meghan Cassens in number-three doubles and also played singles. 

The beginning of the match started slow for Iowa State with all three pairings of doubles losing to Northern Iowa. 

Sophomore Samantha Budai won her first career singles match at number one along with Phippen at the number-six spot. 

The team gets to play at home at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 to begin Big 12 conference matches against No. 33 Oklahoma. The match will take place at the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center.