Falcons Drop 4-3 Decision to UC Riverside
Jan. 18, 2009
The Air Force men's tennis team dropped its second straight match to open the 2009 season Sunday with a hard-fought 4-3 loss to UC Riverside in Murrieta, CA.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, UCR won four of the six singles matches to win the match. John Park finished first for the Highlanders as he evened the score at one all after defeating Gies 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4. Yi Chai then won his match at the No. 6, 6-4, 6-3 over Buckingham to put UCR up 2-1.
Junior Austin Francis (No. 1) and freshman Cody Hall (No. 2) won 6-3, 6-3 and 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 respectively in their singles matches, giving Air Force a 3-2 advantage. But the Highlanders rallied by winning the last two matches as Quoc Doan came back from a first set loss to defeat Rodgers 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 3 to set up the final match. Sophomore Taylor Soster, suffering from severe cramps in the third set, dropped a heartbreaking match to Raineir Matias, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (4). Soster was forced to serve underhanded for most of the third set due to his cramping.
The Falcons host Eastern Washington on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.
UC Riverside 4, Air Force 3
1. Doan/Macherez (UCR) def. Francis/Hall (AF) 8-4
2. Rodgers/Soster (AF) def. Andres/Matias (UCR) 8-3
3. Buckingham/Gies (AF) def. Park/Peterson (UCR) 8-3