Cyclones Ready for Weekend in Florida

The Iowa State tennis team (6-2, 0-0 Big 12) will look to keep the winning streak and momentum from last weekend’s sweep going into its two duals on Sunday. The Cyclones are set to face Stetson and Flagler College on Sunday in St. Augustine, Florida.

The Cyclones are coming off of a weekend with three victories, with one coming against in-state foe, Drake. The team was impressive from the start in their opening match against Omaha, winning 4-0.

Doubles play started the rout for the Cyclones, as they won all three matches in convincing fashion. Karen Alvarez and Regina EspindolaClick here to hear it were especially strong in their match by beating the pairing of Kenzie Hill and Hannah Hills, 6-0.

Maty CanciniClick here to hear it beat Janelle Wilson by a score of 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 2 matchup for singles play. Espindola and Annabella BonadonnaClick here to hear it also won their singles matches to finish off the Mavericks.

Iowa State followed up that performance with another dominating win against Drake. The Cyclones were in control early by winning the doubles point.

The Cyclones will take on Stetson (0-4, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) at 9 a.m. and then finish the day off against Flagler College (4-1, 0-0 PBC) at 2 p.m. Both matches will be played in St. Augustine, with Flagler hosting the duals.

The Hatters are led by Arijana Korac at their No. 1 position. Korac is 2-2 in singles play on the year and will get an opportunity at Charleston Southern on Saturday before taking on the Cyclones. Head coach Travis Sandlant is in his first year with the Hatters, after spending nine seasons with East Tennessee State. Flagler is coached by former Iowa State assistant Rod Puebla.

The Saints are currently ranked #12 in Division 2 by ITA. They are coming off a win on Tuesday against #38 Rollins, 6-3. Lizanne Jinkerts leads the team in the No. 1 position and is currently ranked #44 in singles play in Division 2.

Espindola will look to continue her early success in singles play, she is currently undefeated with a 7-0 record. Budai, meanwhile, will continue to eye the top spot in Cyclone career wins. She currently sits fourth with 127.

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