Cyclones Downed By No. 48 Stephen F. Austin
HOUSTON, Texas – Iowa State fell in a 5-2 decision against No. 48 Stephen F. Austin today at the University of Houston’s John E. Hoff Tennis Complex. The Lumberjacks’ record improves to 12-2 and Iowa State drops to 3-10 overall.
The two Cyclone wins of the day came from No. 2 and 3 singles. Ksenia Pronina, a freshman, nabbed the win over Aliza Shazhko in the second spot, beating the Lumberjack 5-7, 7-5, 10-3.
Pronina’s junior teammate, Simona Cacciuttolo, kept her energy up at No. 3, where she and Antonia Kolovou battled back-and-forth for the last point of the day. Cacciuttolo snagged the hard-fought win, scoring 7-6, 2-6, 10-4.
The match against SFA marks the end of non-conference play for the Cyclones. The team will host its first Big 12 matches of the spring this weekend. Iowa State will face the University of Texas at 2 p.m. Friday, and the Cyclones will square off against Texas A&M at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Weather permitting; both matches will be played outdoors at the Forker Tennis Courts. The matches will be moved inside to the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center otherwise.
1. Elena Kordolaimi (SFA) def. Maria Macedo (ISU) 6-3, 6-0
2. Ksenia Pronina (ISU) def. Alina Shazhko (SFA) 5-7, 7-5, 10-3
3. Simona Cacciuttolo (ISU) def. Antonia Kolovou (SFA) 7-6, 2-6, 10-4
4. Jithmie Jayawickrema (SFA) def. Meghan Cassens (ISU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Malena Gordo (SFA) def. Marie Chartier (ISU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Julia Lorca (SFA) def. Emma Waites (ISU) 6-2, 6-4
1. Bekerova/Gordo (SFA) def. Macedo/Pronina (ISU) 8-4 (10-2)
2. Jayawickrema/Shazhko (SFA) def. Lang/Chartier (ISU) 8-6
3. Kordolaimi/Servise (SFA) def. Cacciuttolo/Cassens (ISU) 8-6