Women's Sports

Iowa State tennis sweeps Drake in NCAA first round

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – No. 11 Iowa State handled its business in the First Round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships. The Cyclones (19-5, 7-2 Big 12) defeated Drake (16-8, 7-1 MVC), 4-0, Friday afternoon at the Ames High Tennis Complex and Life Time Fitness in Urbandale.

ISU advances to the NCAA Second Round for the second time in school history where it will square off with No. 22 Wisconsin Saturday at 1 p.m.

The victory marked Iowa State’s eighth sweep of the season, its most under head coach Boomer Saia and one shy of the most in a season in school history.

In the win, Miska Kadleckova notched her 28th singles victory of the season which matched a school record that has stood since 1984-85 (Ann Camblin, Kathy Reisinger).

How it Happened

Drake started doubles play fast by winning at the No. 2 spot where Ines Stephani and Oriana Parkins-Godwin upset the Cyclone duo of No. 77 Xinyi Nong andAnge Oby Kajuru, 6-1. Sofia Cabezas and Kadleckova got the Cyclones back in it at No. 3 with a 6-3 victory over Elizabete Klavinska and Rebecca Ehan.

The doubles point came down to tiebreakers in the No. 1 slot where No. 54 Anna Supapitch Kuearum and Thasaporn Naklo clinched the point for Iowa State, 7-6 (3), against Mille Haagensen and Darinka Stepan.

Iowa State is now 18-1 this season when winning the doubles point.

The top half of the Cyclones’ singles lineup then took control of the dual.

Kadleckova won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, against Klavinska at the No. 3 singles spot to extend ISU’s advantage to 2-0.

No. 60 Thasaporn was dominant in the No. 1 spot for the Cyclones. She was victorious, 6-1, 6-1, over Stephani to bring the Cyclones within one point of clinching.

After rain moved into the area, the match was halted, and the teams moved to the Life Time Fitness in Urbandale where play later resumed.

At the time of the delay, Oby Kajuru was just two points away from clinching the No. 2 singles match and the dual for the Cyclones. When play resumed in Urbandale, she quickly closed out her match, 6-1, 6-3, against Mille Haagensen and pushed the Cyclones through to the Second Round.

The No. 4, 5 and 6 singles matches went unfinished.


Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

#1 – No. 54 Anna Supapitch Kuearum/Thasaporn Naklo (ISU) def. Mille Haagensen/Darinka Stepan (DRAKE), 7-6 (3)

#2 – Ines Stephani/Oriana Parkins-Godwin (DRAKE) def. No. 77 Xinyi Nong/Ange Oby Kajuru (ISU), 6-1

#3 – Sofia Cabezas/Miska Kadleckova (ISU) def. Elizabete Klavinska/Rebecca Ehan (DRAKE), 6-3


Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

#1 – No. 60 Thasaporn Naklo (ISU) def. Ines Stephani (DRAKE), 6-1, 6-1

#2 – No. 66 Ange Oby Kajuru (ISU) def. Mille Haagensen (DRAKE), 6-1, 6-3

#3 – Miska Kadleckova (ISU) def. Elizabete Klavinska (DRAKE), 6-0, 6-0

#4 – Anna Supapitch Kuearum (ISU) vs. Darinka Stepan (DRAKE), 6-4, 3-1 uf

#5 – Sofia Cabezas (ISU) vs. Oriana Parkins-Godwin (DRAKE), 6-2, 5-2 uf

#6 – Rebecca Ehn (DRAKE) vs. Chie Kezuka (ISU), 6-3, 1-0 uf

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.