Cyclones Still Undefeated at Home
AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State tennis team (8-4, 0-0 Big 12) earned 7-0 sweeps of Bradley (1-6, 0-0 Missouri Valley Conference) and South Dakota (2-3, 0-0 Summit League) on Friday, making the Cyclones 5-0 at home.
The team started off on a high note, taking down Bradley 7-0.
Junior Meghan Cassens and Sophomore Ana Gasparovic breezed past Ashley Thai and Carly Miles, 8-3. Junior Caroline Andersen and her partner senior Emma Waites defeated Ariel Dechter and Elizabeth Pryztawski at the No. 2 spot, 8-6, to claim the doubles point.
In her spring singles debut, freshman Talisa Merchiers earned a quick win at the No. 5 spot over Cassia Wojtalik, 6-0, 6-0. Moving up one from her usual slot, Cassens defeated Ariel Dechter at the No. 2 spot, 6-0, 6-3. At No. 3 singles, Ana Gasparovic fought a hard comeback in the second set, defeating Ashley Thai, 6-2, 7-6.
“I think the girls started feeling a little bit more comfortable in different spots,” head coach Armando Espinosa said.
The Cyclones again claimed the doubles point over South Dakota, earning all three wins with new pairs.
With freshman Samantha Budai out of the day’s second match, Cassens and Gasparovic moved up to the No. 1 spot, defeating Rymma Maslova and Yuliya Sidenko, 8-1. Pronina teamed up with Waites at the No. 3 spot to take down Michelle Elkin and Nina Barudzik, 8-2. At the No. 2 spot, Andersen paired up with Green for an 8-3 win over Milica Pavlovic and Yamini Reddy.
“We had lots of energy in doubles,” Espinosa said. “I think that coming out and winning the doubles point gives you a little bit more edge. South Dakota made us play, they did a great job. They certainly made us play more than we expected.”
In singles action, Pronina made quick work of Maslova at the No. 1 slot, taking the win 6-0, 6-0. Cassens downed Pavlovic at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2. Gasparovic defeated Dragana Brankovic at the No. 3 spot, 6-2, 6-1, securing the Cyclones’ second win of the day.
Merchiers and Waites both played in forced third-set tiebreakers. Merchiers defeated Reddy, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(4). Waites defeated Sidenko, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(8).
Iowa State defeated South Dakota 7-0.
The Cyclones return to defend their status at home March 7. The team will take on the Drake Bulldogs at Ames Racquet and Fitness Center beginning at 5 p.m.
ISU 7, Bradley 0
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
No. 1: Pronina/Budai (ISU) def. Henke/Rodefeld (BRAD) 8-5
No. 2: Cassens/Gasparovic (ISU) def. Thai/Miles (BRAD) 8-3
No. 3: Andersen/Waites (ISU) def. Dechter/Przystawski (BRAD) 8-6
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 1
No. 1: Ksenia Pronina (ISU) def. Adele Henke (BRAD) 6-0, 6-3
No. 2: Meghan Cassens (ISU) def. Ariel Dechter (BRAD), 6-0, 6-3
No. 3: Ana Gasparovic (ISU) def. Ashley Thai (BRAD) 6-2, 7-6
No. 4: Emma Waites (ISU) def. Sarah Rodefeld (BRAD) 6-2, 6-0
No. 5: Talisa Merchiers (ISU) def. Cassia Wojtalik (BRAD) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6: Lydia Green (ISU) def. Carly Miles (BRAD), 6-4, 6-1
Iowa State 7, South Dakota 0
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
No. 1: Gasparovic/Cassens (ISU) def. Maslova/Sidenko (SD), 8-1
No. 2: Andersen/Green (ISU) def. Reddy/Pavlovic (SD), 8-3
No. 3: Pronina/Waites (ISU) def. Elkin/Barudzik (SD), 8-2
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 5, 4, 6
No. 1: Ksenia Pronina (ISU) def. Rymma Maslova (SD), 6-0, 6-0
No. 2: Meghan Cassens (ISU) Milica Pavlovic (SD), 6-2, 6-2
No. 3: Ana Gasparovic (ISU) Dragana Brankovic (SD), 6-2, 6-1
No. 4: Emma Waites (ISU) Yuliya Sidenko (SD), 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(8)
No. 5: Talisa Merchiers (ISU) Yamini Reddy (SD), 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(4)
No. 6: Lydia Green (ISU) Michelle Elkin (SD), 6-4, 6-0