Cyclones struggle in doubles after hot start to tournament

Ryan Leon

The Cyclones came out of the gate hot but couldn’t keep the winning going at day one of the Drake JamboreeThe team opened up to a quick 3-2 start in singles play thanks to stellar play from its upperclassmen. Seniors Alejandra Galvis and Anna Kuuttila, along with junior Samantha Budai, all cruised to quick victories via straight sets.

Liza Buss followed suit with a win of her own to increase the early lead. Liera Bender added another late singles win to give the Cyclones a 5-2 record for the day.

Despite the singles play, the team struggled early in doubles. The tandem of Bender/Phippen were swept in the first match, and Kuuttila/Toledo continued the trend to put the Cyclones in an 0-2 hole. 

The Cyclones seemed to find their way in the later matches, with wins from Galvis/Pronina and a pair of victories from Budai/Buss. The good luck didn’t last long, as the next two pairs were defeated to make the Cyclones an unsatisfying 3-4 in doubles play.

The Cyclones are back at it for day two of the tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.