Cyclones head to WVU to end Big 12 season
AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State tennis team (8-13, 0-8 Big 12) will face West Virginia (3-16, 0-8 Big 12) Sunday in the final Big 12 dual of the season.
The Cyclones are coming off a tough weekend in Oklahoma, losing to No. 23 Oklahoma State and the No. 18 Sooners.
“When we played Oklahoma I felt like we competed really well and we were playing at a higher level than we have,” head coach Armando Espinosa said. “Oklahoma State, they were just better than we were, but at certain spots we were playing better so it’s giving me hope that we’re peaking at the right time because the Big 12 Championship is coming up.”
Sophomore Ana Gasparovic earned the Cyclones’ only point of the weekend at No. 4 singles, defeating Oklahoma State’s Carla Tur Mari in a third-set tiebreak, 1-6, 6-3, 1-0(8).
“I feel like certain people are starting to catch their stride, like [Gasparovic]," Espinosa said. "She’s playing better, it’s just a matter of keep doing what she’s going to be doing. It’s good that she’s able to get better.”
Looking ahead to Sunday, Espinosa feels optimistic about Iowa State’s chances against West Virginia. In 2013, the Cyclones earned their only Big 12 victory over West Virginia at home.
“It [gives us more confidence], but at the same time it was still a tough match,” Espinosa said. “They have the home court advantage, so it’s going to be a matter of us getting adjusted, but if we play our game I think we will be fine.”
Play is scheduled to start in West Virginia at 10 a.m. CT.