AFA hosts Mountain West Championships beginning Thursday
AFA evens record at 11-11
AFA plays Utah State on Thursday and New Mexico on Sunday
Lance Wilhelm and Alex Grubbs win in singles for AFA
Andy Jackson wins at No. 6 singles for AFA
Finished fourth on the team with 16 doubles wins and captured eight singles victories ... went 14-8 in dual doubles matches with Lucas Fumagalli, including a 13-7 record at the No. 3 spot ... they were a team-best 3-3 against Mountain West opponents ... defeated Nevada, Utah State and Boise State's No. 3 teams in the final three regular-season matches ... posted team's only singles victory against UNLV ... won five of his last eight singles matches.
Named to the all-Mountain West team for doubles for the second straight year ... posted a 22-11 doubles record with Lance Wilhelm ... they finished the season ranked No. 5 in the Mountain Region, the best for an AFA doubles team since Shannon Buck and Tyler McClung finished the 2005 season ranked fourth ... 17-7 record at the No. 1 position, the most dual match wins by an Air Force doubles team since Eric Pittman and Tyler McClung won 21 in 2002-03 ... also compiled a 3-3 mark against Mountain West opponents, the most wins in conference play since Pittman and McClung won five in `02-03 ... won 10 overall and seven dual singles matches ... competed at the ITA All-America Prequalifying singles draw ... won the team's Rich Gugat "Attitude is Everything" Award for character, leadership and attitude for the second straight season.
Named to the all-Mountain West team for doubles ... first Air Force freshman to earn a spot on the team since Shannon Buck in 2003 ... posted a 17-16 overall doubles record with Lance Wilhelm ... they went 13-10 at the No. 1 position and defeated two conference teams, including the Mountain Region's No. 10 ranked team of Conor Berg and Ben Dunbar from New Mexico, 8-6 ... also won the No. 1 match against UNLV ... the duo advanced to the finals of the UNM Balloon Fiesta Classic in the fall ... posted a 5-4 record in dual singles matches, including a 3-2 mark at the No. 5 spot ... earned his first career singles conference win with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win over Freddy Gelbrich of San Diego State ... won the team's Rich Gugat "Attitude is Everything" Award for character, leadership and attitude ... also was named the team's Most Improved Player.
Before Air Force
Four-year letterwinner in tennis ... led team to state championships all four years ... team captain as a senior ... received the Lee Hammel Award as the Most Outstanding High School Player in Utah ... ranked No. 1 in doubles in USTA Intermountain Section ... highest tennisrecruiting.net national ranking was No. 283 ... national Merit Scholar finalist ... high school tennis coach was Natalie Aposhian.
Parents are Joseph and Beverly Taylor ... has five siblings ... worked Operation Air Force this past summer... also took an astronautical engineering class ... active in his squadron as a safety officer ... member of athletic's and dean's lists as a sophomore ... hobbies include paintball and golf ... also recruited by Army and Navy ... favorite food is mexican food ... favorite movie is Sahara ... reality show he would choose to be on is The Big Break ... favorite book is Lord of the Rings ... person in history he would most like to meet is Jesus ... greatest moment in sports was beating Boise State in doubles at the Mountain West Championships ... credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career ... started playing tennis at age 5 ... favorite tennis player is Pete Sampras ... member of cadet squadron 21.