Iowa State rolls making it eight stright wins


Iowa State junior Samantha Budai watches the ball in her singles match against Kansas on April 10. ISU fell 4-2. Budai scored with an 8-9 record at No. 1 singles last season.

Andrew Smith

Indoor or outdoor, rain or shine, windy or calm one thing the Iowa State tennis team (11-2, 0-0 Big 12) must do in order to win, is take the doubles points. 

The Cyclones traveled to Sioux Falls riding a six game win streak and playing some of the best tennis of the season. They faced off early in the day with an Augustana team that had won six out of its last seven games.

Once doubles began the Cyclones made quick work of the Vikings winning all three doubles matches 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 making good the goal of taking doubles points.

Iowa State then looked to singles to put the match out of reach. Sami Budai struggled as she dropped a tough match 1-6, 3-6. Her teammates picked up the rest winning all the other matches.

When it was all said and done the Cyclones walked away with a 4-1 victory over the Vikings thanks to strong singles play from Maty Cancini, Erin Freeman, and one dominatnig performace by Margarita Timakova who won her match 6-0, 6-1.

With the tougher team out of the way Iowa State still had to take care of the Sioux Falls Cougars. The Cyclones took apart the Cougars winning the match 7-0.

It started with a momentum boosting total team sweep in doubles. Each team won 6-0 and this propelled the Cyclones into another great singels performance. 

Sami Budai did not play this time around and was instead replace by Liera Bender who saw her first action this spring at the six spot for the Cyclones.

Cancini, Timakova, and Karen Alvarez all swept thier opponets 6-0, 6-0 while Bender got her first win with a tough 6-4 , 6-3 win.

The Cyclones will return to Ames and try and defend their home court as they take on Wyoming at 3 p.m. on Friday and will open the Big 12 season with West Virginia at 2 p.m. on Saturday.