Iowa State tennis starts weekend strong


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 (5-2, 0-0 Big 12) put its recent struggle in Iowa City in the rearview mirror as they went on to dominate Friday’s duals against the Drake Bulldogs (2-2, 0-0 MVC) and the Omaha Mavericks (2-3,0-0 Summit).

The early match against the Mavericks went to plan as the Cyclones dominated early and often.

Iowa State swept all doubles matches as the pair of Margarita Timakova and Annabella Bonadonna continue to win dominating by a final of 6-2. The duo hasn’t lost a match since dropping the season opener at Temple.

Iowa State cruised into singles winning five out of six and getting a big win from freshman Maty Cancini. Bonadonna and Regina Espindola also won their matches finishing off the Mavericks by a final of 4-0.

Iowa State headed into the match against Drake knowing that the Bulldogs had a lot to prove against the Cyclones. Iowa State did not let that slow them down as they rode the momentum to another 4-0 win.

The Cyclones once again showed that getting off to a quick start in doubles is the key to victories this season as they swept the Bulldogs.

Two out of the three parings won their match 6-2 putting the Bulldogs hopes to bed early. The pair of Budai and Cancini did not finish but the rest of the singes took care of business.

Espindola and Bonadonna were in complete control of their matches as they each moved to 2-0 on the day. Karen Alvarez battled and managed to win 6-3, 6-4 in a hard fought win, successfully putting the match out of reach for the Bulldogs.

Iowa State will now look to defend their home court against Illinois State on Sunday after a day of light practice and rest on Saturday.

The Redbirds will battle it out with Northern Illinois on Saturday before they head to Urbandale to take on Iowa State. The match is slated to start at 2 p.m. at the Lifetime Fitness Center.