Cyclones Lose a Close One to Sooners, 4-3
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State (7-11, 0-5 Big 12) lost a Big 12 conference match, 4-3, against No. 34 Oklahoma (11-6, 4-2 Big 12) Friday afternoon at Forker Tennis Courts.
The Cyclones got a victory at No. 2 doubles from the duo of Simona Cacciuttolo and Meghan Cassens. Cassens and Cacciuttolo defeated Zita Engbroks and Whitney Wofford, 8-1. However, Iowa State was unable to win another doubles contest giving Oklahoma the team doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 3.
Cassens, a sophomore from Tacoma, Wash., was able to capture her second team point for the Cyclones while playing No. 3 singles. Cassens won in straight sets over Whitney Wofford, 6-1, 6-4.
Jenna Langhorst gave Iowa State its third team point with a victory at No.5. Langhorst won a very competitive three set match over Emma Devine, 7-5, 2-6, 11-9.
Simona Cacciuttolo defeated Whitney Ritchie in an exceptional match to end the afternoon. Cacciuttolo battled back after losing a close first set, 6-7 (5). Cacciuttolo and Ritchie went to another tiebreak in the second set with Cacciuttolo prevailing, 7-6 (6). In the third set 10 point tiebreaker Cacciuttolo fell behind early, 9-3. Cacciuttolo went on a streak winning eight consecutive points for the victory, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 1-0 (11-9).
The Cyclones are back in action against No. 31 Oklahoma State (11-5, 3-3 Big 12) on Sunday. Play will begin at 11 a.m. at the Forker Tennis Courts.
Whitney Ritchie (OU) vs. Simona Cacciuttolo (ISU), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 1-0 (11-9)
Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Ksenia Pronina (ISU), 6-2, 6-0
Meghan Cassens (ISU) def. Whitney Wofford (OU), 6-1, 6-4
Abbi Melrose (OU) def. Ana Gasparovic (ISU), 6-0, 6-3
Jenna Langhorst (ISU) def. Emma Devine (OU), 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9)
Zita Engbroks (OU) def. Emma Waites (ISU), 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 4, 3, 5, 1
Melrose/Ritchie (OU) def. Langhorst/Pronina (ISU), 8-1
Cacciuttolo/Cassens (ISU) def. Engbroks/Wofford (OU), 8-1
Lancaster/Devine (OU) def. Waites/Andersen (ISU), 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3