Falcons Snap League Skid With 5-2 Win Over Utah State

    Senior Andy Jackson won at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles Sunday
    Senior Andy Jackson won at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles Sunday

    April 13, 2014

    The Air Force men’s tennis team posted its first Mountain West regular season victory in 11 years Sunday with a 5-2 victory over Utah State at the Academy. The Falcons, who also snapped a seven-match losing streak, improved to 13-9 overall and 1-4 in the MW, while the Aggies fell to 9-13 and 0-5.

    Air Force, which last won a regular season league match on April 12, 2003 with a 5-2 victory over Utah, won two of the three doubles matches and four of the six singles matches on Sunday. After losing the No. 1 doubles match, AFA’s No. 3 team of junior Grant Taylor and freshman Lucas Fumagalli downed Sebastian Schneider and Andrew Whiting, 8-5, then senior Andy Jackson and sophomore Andrew Parks clinched the point with an 8-6 win over Dennis Baumgartner and Matt Sweet.

    The Falcons held the momentum in singles as senior Alex Grubbs put them up 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Sweet. USU’s Marcus Fritz cut the lead in half by rallying to defeat sophomore Jack McCullers, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 2 spot. Jackson then won the No. 1 match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 over Baumgartner and senior Steven Young clinched the team match with a 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2 triumph at the No. 4 position over Fredrik Peterson.

    Schneider defeated Parks, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 and Fumagalli downed Tomas Cosmai, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0(7) at No. 6 in the last two matches of the day.

    The Falcons travel to Boise, Idaho next weekend for matches against Boise State (Saturday, April 19) and San Francisco (Sunday, April 20).

     
    Air Force 5, Utah State 2
    April 13, 2014
    USAFA, Colo.

    Doubles
    1. Marcus Fritz / Fredrik Peterson (USU) def. Alex Grubbs / Jack McCullers, 8-2
    2. Andy Jackson / Andrew Parks (AF) def. Dennis Baumgartner / Matt Sweet, 8-6
    3. Grant Taylor / Lucas Fumagalli (AF) def. Sebastian Schneider / Andrew Whiting, 8-5
    Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

    Singles
    1. Andy Jackson (AF) def. Dennis Baumgartner, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
    2. Marcus Fritz (USU) def. Jack McCullers, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
    3. Steven Young (AF) def. Matt Sweet, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2
    4. Alex Grubbs (AF) def. Fredrik Peterson, 6-0, 6-4
    5. Sebastian Schneider (USU) def. Andrew Parks, 6-2, 6-2
    6. Lucas Fumagalli (AF) def. Tomas Cosmai, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0(7)
    Order of finish: 4, 2, 1, 3, 5, 6


     

     

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