Tennis starts off strong in Alabama


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Freshman Karen Alvarez warms up to play against University of Ohio.

Cole Carlson

Iowa State tennis players Chie Kezuka, Thesaporn Naklo, Oumaima Aziz and Karen Alvarez all returned to action this weekend. They are at the Roberta Alison Classic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with a majority freshman roster along with senior Alvarez. The tournament will last from Friday morning until Saturday evening, and play began at 9 a.m. each day. Friday began with doubles followed by two rounds of singles.

For the Cyclones, Kezuka is coming off arguably her best performance at the ITA regionals. Starting that tournament 4-0, she barely missed out on advancing to the round of 16. Kezuka lost in three sets in both of her matched Friday.  Naklo is also having a hot start to the season with a 6-2 singles record. Alvarez won both her matches Friday, advancing to the finals. 

The team has a quick turnaround after this weekend, heading to Tallahassee, Florida for a tournament next weekend.