Pronina Still Unbeaten After Day One at Gopher Invite
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- Iowa State junior Ksenia Pronina went 2-0 to highlight the Cyclones' first day at the Gopher Invite.
After taking the top flight title at last weekend’s Drake Invitational, Pronina continued her undefeated singles record Friday night in Minneapolis. In the first round, Pronina took down Wisconsin’s Diana Tokar, 6-1, 6-4 before defeating Minnesota’s Natallia Pintusava, 6-2, 6-0. Friday’s wins improve the Iowa State standout’s singles record to an impressive 5-0. Pronina is set to take on Eastern Michigan’s Diana Davitaia in the semifinals of her flight on Saturday at noon.
The tournament kicked off Friday morning with Iowa State getting a chance at some much-desired doubles wins. The Cyclones went 2-2 in doubles with Pronina and sophomore Ana Gasparovic defeating Melanie Yates and Katie Edwards of Gonzaga, 8-5. Senior Emma Waites paired up with junior Caroline Andersen to take down South Dakota’s duo of Marina Arriola and Ana Jelena Vujosevic, 8-3.
This weekend’s tournament was the first chance for Iowa State’s freshmen players to get a taste of collegiate tennis action. Freshmen Samantha Budai and Lydia Green also finished Friday’s singles play undefeated. Budai defeated South Dakota’s Dragana Brankovic, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round before gaining a win over Minnesota’s Julia Courter, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0. Green took down another South Dakota opponent, Ana Vujosevic, in the first round with a score of 6-1, 6-2 and ended the evening with a win over South Dakota State’s Beatriz Souza, 6-4, 7-6.
Iowa State’s returning members also saw success on Friday. Gasparovic defeated North Dakota’s Steph Petsis, 6-0, 4-6, 1-0, in her flight’s consolation round. Andersen defeated South Dakota State’s Tacy Haws Lay, 6-3, 7-5, in first round play before falling to UNI foe, Kylie Haviland, 6-0, 6-1, in the second round. Meghan Cassens also got a win in the consolation round over Wisconsin’s Christina Colarossi, 6-0, 6-3.
The Cyclones will continue tournament play on Saturday.
“M” Flight Singles
Ksenia Pronina (ISU) def. Diana Tokar (UW-M), 6-1, 6-4
Ksenia Pronina (ISU) def. Natallia Pintusava (MINN), 6-2, 6-0
“U” Flight Singles
Samantha Budai (ISU) def. Dragana Brankovic (USD), 6-1, 6-1
Nino Mebuke (EMU) def. Meghan Cassens (ISU), 6-0, 6-0
Samantha Budai (ISU) def. Julia Courter (MINN), 6-4, 1-6, 6-0.
Meghan Cassens (ISU) def. Christina Colarossi (UW-M), 6-0, 6-3.
“Gold” Flight Singles
Maja Vujic (MINN) def. Talisa Merchiers (ISU), 6-4, 6-0
Astrid Santos (UNI) def. Talisa Merchiers (ISU), 6-4, 2-6, 1-0
“Maroon” Flight Singles
Isabell Klingert (GONZ) def. Emma Waites (ISU), 6-2, 6-1
Franziska Koehlberg (GONZ) def. Ana Gasparovic (ISU), 6-3, 6-3
Pernilla Wohlstrom (UW) def. Emma Waites (ISU), 7-6, 6-1.
Ana Gasparovic (ISU) def. Steph Petsis (UND), 6-0, 4-6, 1-0.
“Gopher” Flight Singles
Lydia Green (ISU) def. Ana Vujosevic (USD), 6-1, 6-2
Caroline Andersen (ISU) def. Tacy Haws Lay (SDSU), 6-3, 7-5
Lydia Green (ISU) def. Beatriz Souza (SDSU), 6-1, 2-6, 1-0
Kylie Haviland (UNI) def. Caroline Andersen (ISU), 6-0, 6-1
“Gold” Flight Doubles
Chyphya/Rider (UW) def. Budai/Cassens (ISU), 8-6
Pronina/Gasparovic (ISU) def. Yates/Edwards (GONZ), 8-5
“Maroon” Flight Doubles
Peek/Polayes (GONZ) def. Merchiers/Green (ISU), 8-1
“Gopher” Flight Doubles
Waites/Andersen(ISU) def. Arriola/Vujosevic (USD), 8-3