Iowa State has three-game win streak snapped


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 (3-2, 0-0 Big 12) headed to Iowa City on Saturday in search of two wins.

The Cyclones were coming in hot following two dominating performances last weekend in Pennsylvania.

Iowa State kept that form when it took down the Montana Grizzlies (1-2, 0-0 Big Sky) 7-0 on Saturday afternoon. Iowa State started fast with a sweep in doubles.

At the No. 1 doubles spot Samantha Budai and Maty Cancini continued their impressive form with a 6-4 win. Regina Espindola and Karen Alavrez also won 6-4 giving the Cyclones the lead heading into singles.  

Iowa State refused to take its foot off the pedal where they swept the singles matches. Budai continued her march into the record books as she won her match 6-3, 6-0 inching her closer to the all time wins record.

Sunday brought a bigger challenge for Iowa State as it faced rival Iowa (4-0, 0-0 Big 10). The Cyclones failed to take care of business in doubles which ultimately lead to the 4-0 loss to the Hawkeyes.

The lone win in doubles for the Cyclones came from Annabella Bonadonna and Margarita Timakova 6-3.

Iowa State managed to turn things around in singles notching 3 wins from Budai, Espindola and Erin Freeman. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the slow start.

Iowa State will be back in action next Friday the 10th where they will take on the Omaha Mavericks and the Drake Bulldogs in Des Moines. On Sunday the 12th Iowa State will host the Illinois State Redbirds at Lifetime Fitness in Des Moines as well.