Falcons Blank CC 7-0 in Regular-Season Finale
Senior Michael Tope won his first career dual match Sunday

April 22, 2012

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The Air Force men's tennis won its regular-season final Sunday, defeating Colorado College 7-0 at the Academy. The Falcons finished the regular season with an 11-12 record, the most wins in one season since 2007. The Tigers, meanwhile, fell to 8-9.

Air Force jumped out to a 1-0 lead with wins at all three doubles spots. Junior Lance Wilhelm and freshman Grant Taylor won their 13th match at the No. 1 spot this season with an 8-4 victory over Nate Burt and Lionel Zen-Ruffinen. Sophomores Steven Young and Alex Lineberry won the No. 2 match, 9-7, over Jack Burger and Will Lindsay, while senior Michael Tope, playing his final match at the Academy, and sophomore Alex Grubbs downed Robert Kasemodel and Zach White, 8-5, at No. 3. With his victory at No. 3, Tope posted the first dual match win of his career.

The Falcons cruised through singles play as well, winning all six matches in straight sets. Wilhelm improved to 15-8 at the top spot with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Burt, while Grubbs blanked Lindsay, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. Grubbs posted his 29th combined dual match victory this year, the most by any Air Force player since Shannon Buck won 32 in 2006. Wilhelm, meanwhile, has 28 combined wins this season.

Freshman Landon Kinsey (No. 3), Young (No. 4), Lineberry (No. 5) and Taylor (No. 6) also won handily in straight sets.

"This was a perfect day for our team captain Mike Tope," said Air Force head coach Dan Oosterhous. "He has done an amazing job in his four years as a Falcon, starting out as a manager and finishing up as the team captain, providing great leadership all along the way. Our whole team was thrilled to see him get the first collegiate dual match win of his career.

The Falcons, who finished sixth in the Mountain West this season, will open play at the Mountain West Tennis Championships on Friday, April 27 in San Diego. Their first match will be against third-seed New Mexico at 10 a.m. (PT).

"It has been a great season for us and we're ready to take on New Mexico in the first round of the MW conference tournament next week," said Oosterhous.

Air Force 7, Colorado College 0
April 22, 2012
USAFA, Colo.

1. Wilhelm / Taylor (AF) def. Burt / Zen-Ruffinen, 8-4
2. Young / Lineberry (AF) def. Burger / Lindsay, 9-7
3. Tope / Grubbs (AF) def. Kasemodel / White, 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

1. Lance Wilhelm (AF) def. Nate Burt, 6-1, 6-0
2. Alex Grubbs (AF) def. Will Lindsay, 6-0, 6-0
3. Landon Kinsey (AF) def. Lionel Zen-Ruffinen, 6-0, 6-1
4. Steven Young (AF) def. Robert Kasemodel, 6-2, 6-3
5. Alex Lineberry (AF) def. Jack Burger, 6-4, 6-1
6. Grant Taylor (AF) def. Zach White, 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 3, 1, 4, 5



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