Falcons Blank Portland State 7-0
Feb. 22, 2014
The Air Force men’s tennis team defeated Portland State 7-0 Saturday at the Academy. The Falcons swept all nine matches in improving to 7-2 this spring.
Seniors Ali Rizvi and Alex Lineberry won their first doubles match against a Division I team this season with an 8-3 victory over Kacper Stelmaszak and Jonathan Pike at the No. 3 spot. Senior Alex Grubbs and sophomore Jack McCullers clinched the point with an 8-4 win over Wil Cochrane and Alec Marx, then seniors Andy Jackson and Steven Young won the No. 1 match, 7-6(3) over Brent Wheeler and Ian Risenhoover at the top spot.
The Falcons then won all six matches in straight sets. McCullers put the Falcons up 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 over Cochrane and Grubbs beat Marx, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 4 for a 3-0 lead. Jackson clinched the team match with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at the No. 1 spot over Wheeler. Young (No. 2), freshman Lucas Fumagalli (No. 5) and sophomore Andrew Parks (No. 6) also won for Air Force.
The Falcons travel to Charleston, S.C., next weekend for matches against The Citadel (Feb. 28) and Army (March 2).
1. Andy Jackson / Steven Young (AF) def. Brent Wheeler / Ian Risenhoover, 7-6(3)
2. Alex Grubbs / Jack McCullers (AF) def. Wil Cochrane / Alec Marx, 8-4
3. Ali Rizvi / Alex Lineberry (AF) def. Kacper Stelmaszak / Jonathan Pike, 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1