Tickets punched for the ITA Championship Central Regional Finals


Iowa State sophomore Thasaporn Naklo warms up ahead of the 2021 NCAA Championships. (Photo courtesy of Iowa State Athletic Communications)

Chanler Twedt

Iowa State tennis is championship bound.

On Sunday, day four of the ITA Central Regional Championships, both of the Cyclone duos advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Championship. Thasaporn Naklo and Christin Hsieh defeated Kansas’ Maria Titova and Malkia Ngounoue 8-4 set. Miska Kadleckova and Sofia Cabezas defeated Oklahoma State’s Ayumi Miyamoto and Daria Detkovskaya in an 8-3 set.

As the day continued in Iowa City, Kadleckova and Cabezas defeated the Arkansas duo, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the central regional finals.

Later that day, Cyclones duo Naklo and Hsieh made an incredible comeback. After being down 3-0 in the second set, 6-2, 6-3, they got the victory against the Arkansas duo to commit themselves to the ITA doubles finals.

At 9 a.m. Monday, Naklo will attempt to win a trip to the singles national in a semifinal single game where she’ll face Malkia Ngounoue of Kansas.

At 11:30 a.m. Monday, the Cyclone doubles teams will battle for the championship.

The Cyclones also earned both doubles qualifiers in the ITA National Fall Championships on November 4-7 in San Diego, Calif.