Women’s tennis redeems last season’s


By Les Mwirichia, [email protected]


Les Mwirichia

AMES, IOWA – There was dull roaring cheer at the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center tennis courts on Friday as Iowa State took a 4-0 win over in-state rival (1-5) Northern Iowa. The Cyclones extended their winning streak to seven and season record to (8-1, 0-0 Big 12).

Having lost 2-4 in Cedar Falls last year, the Cyclones had a chance to redeem themselves. Getting an early lead by winning the doubles point has been their strategy all season long, and they stuck to it.

Cyclones Samantha Budai and Liza Buss took a quick 6-3 win over Panthers Jieke Stroobant and Elvira Lopez. Following them was the powerhouse duo of Alejandra Galvis and Annabella Bonadonna. They defeated Astrid Santos and Gisela Kemper 6-4. Although Iowa State would secure the singles point, In a tough back-and-forth duel Regina Espindola and Ana Gasparovic lost 7-6 to Sydney Wolfe and Eve Small.

“It comes down to execution and putting ourselves in a good position to win,” said Assistant Coach Chris Williams.

With a 1-0 lead going into singles, the Cyclones found themselves in a familiar position. The second point came from Alejandra Galvis. Her opponent Gisela Kemper suffered a knee injury during the match and was forced to retire. Galvis improved her personal record to 14-3.

Then it was the freshman Claudia Toledo who put the third point on the board for the Cyclones. She had a great debut winning her match against Sydney Wolfe 6-2, 6-1. Then Samantha Budai would end the day with 6-2, 6-1 victory against the Panthers top player Jieke Stroobant.

Finishing on top the Cyclones will not be in action again until March 5. They will travel to Minneapolis, Mn., to face Buffalo and Minnesota.