MIAMI, Fla.- The Iowa State tennis team (5-2, 0-0 Big 12) defeated Florida Atlantic, 6-1, Friday afternoon.
ISU earned wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles, securing the doubles point for the Cyclones. Junior Ksenia Pronina teamed up with freshman Samantha Budai at the No. 1 spot to defeat Stephanie Cardullo and Bianca Biglione, 6-2. At the No. 2 spot, Sophomore Ana Gasparovic and junior Meghan Cassens took down Catalina Ene and Lyndsey Boos, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point.
In singles action, four Cyclones played hard through three sets. While Pronina took a tough loss to Kandiss Legall, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(6), three other Cyclones took victories in three sets. Cassens fought back at No. 3 singles after a first-set loss to Ene, taking the match, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(7). At the No. 4 spot, Gasparovic almost lost control over Cardullo, but got the hard-earned win, 7-6, 2-6, 1-0(7). Emma Waites also took her victory in the third round at No. 6 singles, defeating Biglione, 0-6, 7-5, 1-0(6).
Budai was victorious at No. 2 singles over Boos, 7-5, 6-4. Fellow freshman Lydia Green defeated Taylor Briggs, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 5 spot.
The Cyclones will move on to Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach this Sunday. The match is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT.
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1. Kandis Legall (FAU) def. Ksenia Pronina (ISU) 3-6, 6-4, (10-6)
2. Samantha Budai (ISU) def. Lyndsey Boos (FAU) 7-5, 6-4
3. Meghan Cassens (ISU) def. Catalina Ene (FAU) 4-6, 6-2, (10-7)
4. Ana Gasparovic (ISU) def. Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) 7-6, 2-6, (10-7)
5. Lydia Green (ISU) def. Taylor Briggs (FAU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Emma Waites (ISU) def. Bianca Biglione (FAU) 0-6, 7-5, (10-6)
1. Ksenia Pronina/Samantha Budai (ISU) def. Stephanie Cardullo/Bianca Biglione (FAU) 6-2
2. Ana Gasparovic/Meghan Cassens (ISU) def. Catalina Ene/Lyndsey Boos (FAU) 6-3
3. Kandis Legall/Taylor Briggs (FAU) def. Emma Waites/Caroline H. Andersen (ISU) 6-4