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    The West Virginia University tennis team (2-1, 0-1 Big 12) was defeated by Iowa State, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at Life Time Fitness in Des Moines, Iowa.

    “We have to use today’s match to get better. Our execution in doubles was not good from the very start, and we didn’t have enough to recover,” said head coach Miha Lisac. “The start of the match and a lot of the singles play were out of character, and we will get better.”

    Doubles Recap
    The first doubles match to finish came from the No. 1 slot, where senior Paula Goetz and freshman Nicole Roc fell to Annabella Bonadonna and Maty Cancini, 1-6, to claim a doubles win for the Cyclones.

    Starting in the No. 3 slot, sophomore Giovanna Caputo and senior Abigail Rosiello were bested by Ekaterina Grib and Margarita Timakova, 6-2, claiming the doubles team point for the Cyclones.

    In the No. 2 slot, junior Sofia Duran and freshman Anastasiia Bovolskaia’s match against Regina Espindola and Karen Alvarez on court two went unfinished after Iowa State clinched the doubles victory. Duran and Bovolskaia led, 5-2.

    Singles Recap
    In the No. 4 slot, Roc was the first to finish for the Mountaineers. The Chicago, Illinois, native fell to Ekaterina Repina, 2-6, 1-6.

    Finishing shortly after from the No. 3 slot, Duran was bested, 0-6, 6-4, by Regina Espindola in two sets, and Iowa State led 3-0.

    In the No. 5 slot, Bovolskaia suffered her first loss of the season, as she was defeated by Annabella Bonadonna, 4-6, 2-6. With the defeat, the Cyclones claimed their fourth team point to clinch the win. The final three matches were played out.

    Starting in the No. 1 slot, junior Christina Jordan fell to Maty Cancini, 3-6, 4-6, in two sets.

    Despite a challenging day on the courts, the final two matches of singles provided a highlight for WVU.

    After making a comeback to win the first set, 7-5, sophomore Anne-Sophie Courteau dropped the second set, 2-6, to Margarita Timakova in the No. 6 slot. In the super tiebreaker, Courteau defeated Timakova, 10-7, to claim the Mountaineers first win of the day.

    The last match to finish came from the No. 2 slot, where Goetz grabbed West Virginia’s second win of the day by defeating Ekaterina Grib, 6-2, 7-5, in two sets.

    Looking Ahead
    West Virginia returns to Morgantown for a pair of home-opening matches against Cleveland State on Friday, Feb. 15, and Akron on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Mountaineers last competed against the Vikings and Zips in the fall at the Martha Thorn Mountaineer Invitational. WVU is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET each day, with all matches being hosted at the Summit Tennis Academy in Morgantown.

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