Cassens’ Win Propels ISU Past West Virginia, 5-2
AMES, Iowa – Meghan Cassens won a thrilling three-set match as Iowa State picked up its first Big 12 win this season with a 5-2 win against West Virginia Sunday morning at Ames Racquet and Fitness. The Cyclones improved to 8-12 overall and 1-6 in Big 12 play, while West Virginia falls to 4-14 and 0-7.
Cassens captured the first set, 6-1, against West Virginia’s Ikttesh Chahal at No. 3 singles. Chahal bounced back and took the second set, 6-2, before Cassens out dueled the Mountaineer, 6-4, in the third to give Iowa State the win.
The Cyclones took an early lead as Simona Cacciuttolo breezed to a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles against Audrey Wooland. West Virginia went ahead 2-1 after capturing the next two matches. WVU’s Hailey Barrett earned the 6-1, 6-4 straight-set win against Ksenia Pronina at No. 2 singles and Emily Mathis beat Iowa State’s Jenna Langhorst, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 4 singles.
The Mountaineer lead was short lived as Cyclone freshman Ana Gasparovic beat Vivian Tsui, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 5 singles and Emma Waites put the Cyclones up 3-2 with a quick 6-1, 6-0 win over WVU’s Irinka Toidze at No. 6 singles to set the stage for the Cassens-Chahal battle.
The wins for Gasparovic and Waites were their first career Big 12 wins.
With the match wrapped up in favor of the Cyclones following singles play, ISU added another point to its tally with sweep of the doubles point.
Iowa State resumes Big 12 play Friday at Kansas State at 1 p.m.
Simona Cacciuttolo (ISU) def. Audrey Wooland (WVU), 6-2, 6-0
Hailey Barrett (WVU) def. Ksenia Pronina (ISU), 6-1, 6-4
Meghan Cassens (ISU) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
Emily Mathis (WVU) def. Jenna Langhorst (ISU), 6-4, 7-5
Ana Gasparovic (ISU) def. Vivian Tsui (WVU), 6-4, 6-2
Emma Waites (ISU) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU), 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 3
Pronina/Langhorst (ISU) vs. Chahal/Barrett (WVU), 8-5
Cacciuttolo/Cassens (ISU) vs. Wooland/Mathis (WVU), 8-6
Waites/Caroline Andersen (ISU) def. Toidze/Tsui (WVU), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2