Falcons Fall to Oregon, 5-2
Feb. 27, 2009
The Air Force men's tennis team lost its second consecutive home match Friday, falling to the University of Oregon, 5-2. Juniors Austin Francis and Brett Rodgers notched singles wins for the Falcons, who fell to 1-9 this season, while Oregon improved to 7-6.
The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead by sweeping the three doubles matches rather handily, led by Marcos Verdasco and Alexander Cornelissen winning the No. 1 match, 8-4, over Francis and freshman Cody Hall.
Needing to win four singles matches, the Falcons won the first set at three of the top four spots. Cornelissen gave Oregon a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Hall, but Air Force tied it up with its two victories. Rodgers gave Air Force its first point with his first singles win of the season, taking a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Ayrton Wibowo at No. 3. Francis then evened the match at 2-all with an exciting, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Verdasco at the top spot.
Sophomore Taylor Soster won the first set, 6-3, over Jose Izquierdo at the No. 4 position, but Izquierdo battled back to win a second-set tiebreaker, 7-2, then take the third set, 6-3. Duncan MacDonald-Korth clinched the match for Oregon with a 7-5, 6-2 win over junior James Tomlin at No. 5, and Sho Higuchi won at the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 7-5, over freshman Will Brown.
The Falcons are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 28 when they host Northern Colorado at 11 a.m.
Oregon 5, Air Force 2
1. Verdasco / Cornelissen (UO) def. Francis / Hall, 8-4
2. Ric Mortera / MacDonald-Korth (UO) def. Rodgers / Soster, 8-5
3. Wibowo / Higuchi (UO) def. Mike Gies / Johnny Buckingham, 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3