Cyclones earn first conference win vs. West Virginia



Les Mwirichia

The ISU tennis team (13-4, 1-2 Big 12) was on the road this weekend and earned a 4-2 victory against the (6-7, 0-3 Big 12) West Virginia Mountaineers, the first Big 12 Conference win of the season.

Right off the bat, the Cyclones earned the doubles point, winning at the No. 1 and No. 2 slots like they have been doing all season long. Iowa State’s Samantha Budai and Liza Buss took an easy 6-1 win over Carolina Lewis and Paula Goetz.

West Virginia would counter by taking the second doubles win. Kaja Mrgole and Lyn Yuen Choo defeated Regina Espindola and Ana Gasparovic 6-2. But it was the senior/freshman duo that has been winning all season long that came through and got the doubles point for the Cyclones.

Alejandra Galvis and Anabella Bonadonna played an extended match against Yvon Martinez and Habiba Shaker, they won 7-5, to clinch the always important doubles point for the Cyclones.

Going into singles, WVU got right back in the match with a pair of wins by Habiba Shaker who took a 6-0, 6-4 win over ISU’s Samantha Budai, teammate Lyn Yuen Choo followed her by defeating Cyclone Regina Espindola 6-2, 6-3.

Shortly after, ISU senior Galvis began to turn the tables for the Cyclones. She earned a 6-2, 7-6 win against Goetz. That turned the match around for the Cyclones. ISU then went on to win at the No. 2 and No. 5 spot to secure the win for the Cyclones. Freshman Buss won a three-set-match against Lewis 6-0, 3-6, 7-5. Then Bonadonna would end the day for for the Cyclones winning 6-2, 6-4 over Kaja Mrgole.

With today’s win against WVU, Iowa State clinched its first winning season since the 1986-87 season.

The Cyclones won’t be in action for another two weeks. Then they are back in conference play facing Kansas State on April 8 then Kansas on April 10 in Ames.