Five Cyclones Unbeaten At UNI Invitational
WATERLOO, Iowa – Five Iowa State tennis players went undefeated in singles play on the first day of the UNI Invitational Friday.
Freshmen Samantha Budai and Lydia Green joined junior Meghan Cassens with an undefeated opening day at the tournament. Senior Emma Waites and junior Caroline Andersen were also undefeated for the Cyclones on the first day of action.
Playing in the Gold Singles bracket, Budai continued her strong play this fall with a 6-4, 6-1 first-round win against Ashley Thai of Bradley. In the second round, the London, Ontario native earned a 7-6 (2), 6-1 win over UNI’s Elvira Lopez to advance to the semifinals against Jordan Eggleston of Drake.
Cassens earned a 6-1, 6-0 win over Rachel Menos of Green Bay in the opening round of the Panthers Singles bracket. She followed that with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Illinois State’s Carolina Abello. Cassens, a Tacoma, Wash. native, faces Madie Cook of Saint Louis in Saturday’s semifinals.
Green was also perfect on the first day, easily disposing of Upper Iowa’s Vicki Kulbokas in the first round by a 6-1, 6-2 tally. She reached the semifinals by beating Heather Nisbet of Illinois State, 7-5, 6-0. Green’s semifinal opponent will be Alysa Straub of Milwaukee.
Waites was 2-0 in the T.C. Singles bracket with a three-set, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (8), victory over South Dakota’s Michelle Elkin. Waites then beat Upper Iowa’s Kelly Jachymowski, 6-1, 6-1, to reach the semifinals.
In the same bracket, Caroline Andersen followed a first-round bye with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Bradley’s Carly Miles.
Waites plays Milwaukee’s Aerielle Pendleton Saturday, while Andersen continues action Alexa Harrington.
The Cyclones were 2-1 in doubles action.
Action at the UNI Invitational continues Saturday morning.
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Ana Gasparovic (ISU) def. Iris Verwiej (UIU), 7-6 (4), 6-0
Sierra Stone (ILS) def. Gasparovic (ISU), 6-0, 7-5
Samantha Budai (ISU) def. Ashley Thai (BU), 6-4, 6-1
Budai (ISU) def. Elvira Lopez (UNI), 7-6 (2), 6-1
Meghan Cassens (ISU) def. Rachel Menos (GB), 6-1, 6-0
Cassens (ISU) def. Carolina Abello (ILS), 6-1, 6-4
Kadi Ilves (ILS) def. Talisa Merchiers (ISU), 6-3, 6-1
Merchiers (ISU) def. Elana Berdichevsky (WIU), 6-0, 6-0
Lydia Green (ISU) def. Vicki Kulbokas (UIU), 6-1, 6-2
Green (ISU) def. Heather Nisbet (ILS), 7-5, 6-0
Emma Waites (ISU) def. Michelle Elkin (USD), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
Waites (ISU) def. Kelly Jachymowski (UIU), 6-1, 6-1
Caroline Andersen (ISU) def. Carly Miles (BU), 6-1, 6-3
Thai/Henke (BU) def. Budai/Cassens (ISU), 8-6
Merchiers/Gasparovic (ISU) def. Dechter/McDonagh (BU), 8-2
Green/Waites (ISU) def. Buysse/Knoll (StC), 8-3