BOOMER!!! No, not Sooner. Boomer Saia, head coach of the women’s tennis team, has been nothing short of spectacular in his short three year tenure as the general of the Cyclones. Coach Saia has taken this team from one of the losingest programs in the Big 12 to an NCAA Championships appearance. On top of the success this season, the Cyclones are one of the youngest teams in the conference, with just one senior on the roster and everyone else being freshmen. That youthful roster has Iowa State in a position to continue their early success and continue to improve in the future.
For the first time since the 2016-2017 season, the women have won 13 matches with an overall record of 13-7 and a conference record of 4-4. A 4-4 conference record for Iowa State sets a new school record for conference wins in a season.
This impressive turnaround included ranked wins over then-#30 Texas Tech, #41 TCU, #44 Kansas, and again #29 Texas Tech. We are starting to see some striking similarities between the quick turnaround that the man in the curved bill in Jack Trice Stadium has accomplished and what Coach Saia has done with this tennis team.
From winning just six overall matches in 2018 (Coach Saia’s first season) to 13 in the 2020-2021 season, it is easy to tell that the trajectory of this program is due North, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. If I haven’t sold you on supporting this exciting team and coach,
Boomer Saia led us to the first win over the TOE in 44 years last spring. Congratulations to this scrappy team, and let’s keep the momentum rolling into the NCAA’s. Watch out Gamecocks, there’s a Cyclone weather alert.