Cyclones Face Kansas At Big 12 Championships
AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State tennis team (9-13, 1-8 Big 12) will take on Kansas (11-11, 2-7 Big 12) in the first round of the Big 12 Championships on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Cyclones previously took on the Jayhawks in their first Big 12 match of the season in March. Kansas won the match, 6-1, with the Cyclones’ sole win coming from junior Ksenia Pronina at No. 1 singles. Pronina took down Dylan Windom, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
“There were some matches that I felt were pretty close that we could have capitalized on, but the biggest thing is being able to have a full squad against them,” head coach Armando Espinosa said about taking on Kansas. “Last time we didn’t have Sami [Budai], so playing where they’re more comfortable at is going to help the mental edge of the player.”
Budai missed the match against Kansas back in March due to minor injury. After making her singles return, Budai finished out the regular Big 12 season with a win at No. 2 singles over West Virginia’s Kaja Mrgole, 6-4, 6-2.
Espinosa thinks that the team’s confidence will be the biggest factor against the Jayhawks.
“The belief that we can win is going to be the biggest thing,” Espinosa said. “They were always looking forward to maybe playing [Kansas] again because they know we were right in it before and having a full lineup is going to help us out a lot.”
The match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.