Iowa State defends home court making it 10 straight wins


Iowa State freshman Annabella Bonadonna waits for a serve from Kansas at the tennis match on April 10. The Cyclones would go on to fall 4-2. Bonadonna attended high school in Venezuela where she won a national championship from 2010-2013.

Andrew Smith

The Iowa State Tennis team (13-2, 1-0 Big 12) was tested once again in arguably its toughest dual since the 10-game win streak began.

Coming away with two wins was a tall order and the Cyclones needed all they points they could get.

Iowa State kicked off the weekend with Wyoming on Friday afternoon. The Cowgirls came in boasting a six-game win streak and playing some of their best tennis of the season.

Wyoming came out strong taking the first of three doubles matches. The Cyclones needed to come out on top in doubles if they wanted a chance to win the match.

Iowa State did what it needed to and won the next two matches in doubles. Maty Cancini and Sami Budai put the final nail in the coffin as they won in a thrilling 7-5 win sending the Cyclones to singles play with an edge and the doubles point.

The doubles point proved to be important as the Cowgirls and the Cyclones split singles. Budai and Margarita Timakova each won in straight sets but the story of the night was Regina Espindola winning a huge match 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in what proved to be just what the Cyclones needed edging out the Cowgirls 4-3 in a dog fight. 

The Cyclones couldn’t celebrate just yet, they still had to take on a deceptive West Virginia team.

Iowa State found itself experiencing some déjà vu as it found itself down a match yet again against a team they have never lost to.

But just like earlier in the weekend, the Cyclones fought back and earned the doubles point with wins coming from Annabella Bonadonna and Timakova 6-4 and Budai and Cancini 6-3.

The doubles point proved useful as the Cyclones cruised to a 4-2 win over the Mountaineers. Cancini and Timakova provided a spark as they each won their singles matches and Espindola sealed it for the Cyclones as she won her 11th match of the season.