Cyclones cap off successful weekend with win in home opener


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Iowa State junior Samantha Budai hits a tennis ball in her singles match against Kansas on April 10. The tennis match was suspended for a short period due to rain. The Cyclones lost 4-2.

Andrew Smith

The Iowa State tennis team (6-2, 0-0 Big 12) was coming off a very successful Friday where they swept both Drake and Nebraska-Omaha with a pair of 4-0 wins.

The Cyclones headed into their day off still hoping to keep the momentum on their side when Sunday rolled around. The time away from the court wasn’t enough to cool the red-hot Cyclones as they prevailed 4-0 against the Illinois State Redbirds.

Iowa State got an early break when the Redbirds had to forfeit one of their doubles matched giving the duo of Karen Alvarez and Regina Espindola the win by default.

The lead team of Samantha Budai and Maty Cancini were aware of the advantage and gave the Cyclones the early advantage securing the doubles point by a score of 6-3. 

The Redbirds began by forfeiting a singles match giving Iowa State a quick 2-0 lead. Espindola finally got on the court after winning by default in doubles and she ended her match with a huge 6-1, 6-0.

The only other Cyclone to finish her match was Annabella Bonadonna where she battled and won a tough first set 6-4 and cruised in the next set 6-0 giving the Cyclones a 4-0 lead downing the Redbirds for good.

Iowa State dominated the weekends matches winning by a collective score of 12-0. The Cyclones will look to do much of the same in their next two matches against Stetson and Flager where they should see similar results.

Iowa State is looking to continue its winning streak when they travel to St. Augustine, Florida in search of two more wins over Stetson (0-4) and Flager (3-1) on Sunday.