Falcons Fall to Fresno State, 7-0

    Senior Andy Jackson
    Senior Andy Jackson

    April 6, 2014

    The Air Force men’s tennis team returned to Mountain West action on Sunday, dropping a 7-0 decision to Fresno State at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center in Fresno, Calif. The Falcons fell to 12-8 overall and 0-3 in the MW while Fresno State improved to 10-8 and 2-3 in league play.

    The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead with wins at the No. 2 and 3 doubles spots. Air Force’s No. 1 duo of senior Alex Grubbs and sophomore Jack McCullers won their match, 8-7(4) over John Darmstaedter and Sai Kartik Nakireddi. Grubbs and McCullers improved to 14-4 this year, including a 5-2 mark at the No. 1 spot.

    Fresno State then won five of the six singles matches in straight sets. Senior Andy Jackson won the first set against Nakireddi at the No. 1 position before falling 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Grubbs took Eric Komarti to a tiebreak in the first set but fell 7-6(5), 6-4 at No. 4 while sophomore Andrew Parks lost to Alexandros Georgios, 7-6(2), 6-3 at No. 6.

    The Falcons play their final two home matches of the season next weekend, beginning on Friday, April 11 against Nevada beginning at 12:30 p.m.


    Fresno State 7, Air Force 0
    Sunday, April 6, 2014
    Fresno, Calif.

    Doubles
    1. Alex Grubbs / Jack McCullers (AF) def. John Darmstaedter / Sai Kartik Nakireddi, 8-7(4)
    2. Sam MacNeil / Eric Komati (FS) def. Andy Jackson / Andrew Parks, 8-1
    3. Nikolas Papic / Alexandros Georgios (FS) def. Grant Taylor / Lucas Fumagalli, 8-4
    Order of finish: Doubles 2, 3, 1


     

     

    Singles
    1. Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FS) def. Andy Jackson, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
    2. Nikolas Papic (FS) def. Steven Young, 6-3, 6-3
    3. Sam MacNeil (FS) def. Jack McCullers, 6-4, 6-0
    4. Eric Komati (FS) def. Alex Grubbs, 7-6(5), 6-4
    5. John Darmstaedter (FS) def. Lucas Fumagalli, 6-0, 6-4
    6. Alexandros Georgios (FS) def. Andrew Parks, 7-6(2), 6-3
    Order of Finish: 5, 3, 2, 1, 4, 6

     

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