Sept. 13, 2013
The Air Force men’s tennis team opened its 2013-14 regular season Friday with the first day of the 38th Milwaukee Classic, hosted by the Town Club. The Falcons played singles matches against Wisconsin Friday morning and doubles against Ball State in the afternoon.
Senior Andy Jackson posted the only victory in singles against Wisconsin. He defeated Jakhongir Jalalov, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. The Badgers claimed the other five matches, including a thrilling 4-6, 7-5, 1-0(7) victory by Elliot Sprecher over senior Steven Young.
In the afternoon doubles, the Falcons captured two of the three matches against Ball State. Junior Grant Taylor and sophomore Jack McCullers defeated Ray Leonard and Patrick Elliott, 8-6, while Jackson and sophomore Andrew Parks beat Lucas Andersen and Austin Smith, 8-4. Young and freshman Lucas Fumagalli dropped an 8-6 decision to Patrick Downs and Andrew Stutz.
"As a team we had a pretty solid first day,” said Air Force head coach Dan Oosterhous. “We ran up against some tough singles players from Wisconsin but (Andy) Jackson started his senior year off very well with a big win in the No. 2 flight. Our doubles teams played aggressive and I am pleased at our net play this early in the season."
The Falcons will play Wisconsin in doubles and Marquette in singles on Saturday.
Air Force Singles vs. Wisconsin
Petr Satral (UW) def. Grant Taylor, 6-3, 6-1
Andy Jackson (AF) def. Jakhongir Jalalov, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0
Alexander Kokorev (UW) def. Alex Grubbs, 7-6, 7-6 (4)
Elliot Sprecher (UW) def. Steven Young (AF), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7)
John Zordani (UW) def. Jack McCullers, 6-1, 6-2
Frederik Strabo (UW) def. Andrew Parks, 6-2, 6-0
Air Force Doubles vs. Ball State
Grant Taylor / Jack McCullers (AF) def. Ray Leonard / Patrick Elliott, 8-6
Andrew Parks / Andy Jackson (AF) def. Lucas Andersen / Austin Smith, 8-4
Patrick Downs / Andrew Stutz (BSU) def. Steven Young / Lucas Fumagalli, 8-6