Waites Wins Title at UNI Invite
WATERLOO, Iowa- Iowa State senior Emma Waites brought home her first title Sunday after the final day of play at the UNI Invitational.
Waites, Iowa State’s only senior, was playing in only her second tournament of the fall campaign, following last weekend’s Gopher Invitational at Minnesota. Waites defeated teammate Caroline Andersen, 7-6(4), 1-6, 1-0(6), in the final round of this weekend’s T.C. Singles bracket.
Joining Andersen in the runner-up position were teammates Lydia Green and Meghan Cassens. Green was defeated in the final round of the UNI singles bracket by Illinois State’s Maddie Ballion, 7-5, 6-1. Cassens also fell in the final round to an Illinois State opponent, Kadi Ilves, in the Panthers Singles bracket, 6-4, 6-3.
Freshman Samantha Budai earned a third-place finish after defeating Bradley’s Ari Dechter in consolation round of the Gold singles bracket with a score of 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(8).
Green and Waites gained a third-place finish in the Panther Doubles bracket after downing South Dakota’s Michelle Elkin and Nina Barudzik, 8-2. Budai and Cassens also paired up for the Purple Doubles bracket at UNI and finished the weekend suffering only a single loss. The duo defeated Milwaukee’s Dana Shannon and Aerielle Pendleton, 8-3.
The Cyclones will continue their fall campaign on Oct. 11 at the University of Arizona Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.
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Astrid Santos (UNI) def. Ana Gasparovic (ISU), 6-1, 3-1, ret.
Samantha Budai (ISU) def. Ari Dechter (BU), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(8)
Kadi Ilves (ILS) def. Meghan Cassens (ISU), 6-4, 6-3
Maddie Ballion (ILS) def. Lydia Green (ISU), 7-5, 6-1
Emma Waites(ISU) def. Caroline Andersen (ISU), 7-6, 1-6, 1-0(6)
Budai/Cassens (ISU) def. Shannon/Pendleton(MIL), 8-3
Green/Waites (ISU) def. Elkin/Barudzik (USD), 8-2