Iowa State pushes streak to 15 win two wins over break


Freshman Annabella Bonadonna hits the ball at her singles match against Kansas on April 10. The Cyclones fell 4-2.

Andrew Smith

The Iowa State Tennis team (15-2, 1-0 Big 12) didn’t have any big trips to take this spring break instead they had to tend to business on the courts once again. 

The Cyclones enjoyed two days off until they had to take a trip to Las Cruces, New Mexico to take on the New Mexico State Aggies. 

Iowa State struggled early on in the match to get anything going. The Cyclones started off on the wrong foot losing two tough matches 6-4 each. The team of Karen Alvarez and Regina Espindola were the lone win heading into singles.

Without their number player and down the Cyclones needed to show some grit to get back into the contest. Five out of the six singles matches went the Cyclones way including a few three set marathons.

Maty Cancini and Karen Alvarez were key in the Cyclones comeback. Cancini, a freshman, has been asked to step up this year and has delivered multiple times and managed to win 3-6, 6-2, 2-5 decision in one of her most impressive matches.

Alvarez also played a huge part for the Cyclones not only winning the lone doubles match but earning another singles win for the Cyclones 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

The Cyclones went on the grind out a 4-2 victory which proved to be the toughest win yet.

Iowa State geared up for their last non-confrence battle when it came against the UTEP Miners as they traveled to El Paso, Texas on Friday.

With Sami Budai and the lineup back to full strength and normal the Cyclones cruised to a 4-0 sweep of the Miners.

The Cyclones started off hot taking the doubles point with wins from two out of the three pairs. Budai and Cancini managed to win their matches and Alvarez and Erin Freeman won by forfeit. 

The Cyclones finished the match off on in singles as they went on to win all of the matches two of which came by forfeit. 

Cancini finished her big weekend on a high not as she won in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 and Budai eased back into the line up as she won 6-3, 3-4 in a match that did not finish. 

The Cyclones will be back action as they take a trip to Kansas to take on a pair of Big 12 team in Kansas and Kansas State. The Cyclones will take on the Wildcats on Friday and the Jayhawks on Sunday.