Sept. 21, 2012
The Air Force men's tennis team took two of three doubles matches against the University of Denver Friday on the first day of the Denver Invitational. Senior Lance Wilhelm and sophomore Grant Taylor posted the most exciting result of the day, downing Max Krammer and Jens Vorkefeld, 9-8(5) at the top doubles spot.
Junior Alex Grubbs and freshman Jack McCullers also notched a victory for Air Force, defeating Fabio Biasion and Luke Manley, 8-6, at the No. 2 position. Juniors Andy Jackson and Steven Young dropped an 8-6 decision to Alex Clinkenbeard and Preben Bjorne, 8-6.
The Falcons also faced Mountain West foe New Mexico in singles play and Jackson posted the only victory, downing Simon Hegelund in three sets, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1. Freshman Andrew Parks took James Hignett to three sets before falling, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. UNM won the other six matches in straight sets.
"We finished the day very strong with a solid doubles performance against Denver," said Air Force head coach Dan Oosterhous. "We played our style very effectively and it was great to see our guys get positive results. In singles, we've got a lot of work to do but I expect our team to bounce back and play smarter tomorrow."
The Falcons will play New Mexico in doubles and Nebraska in singles on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Singles vs. New Mexico
Samir Iftikar (UNM) def. Lance Wilhelm, 6-4, 6-3
Ben Dunbar (UNM) def. Alex Grubbs, 6-0, 6-0
Jadon Phillips (UNM) def. Steven Young, 6-3, 6-0
Mads Hegelund (UNM) def. Grant Taylor, 6-4, 6-2
Riann DuToit (UNM) def. Jack McCullers, 6-4, 6-2
Mitch McDaniels (UNM) def. Stephen Katrein, 6-2, 7-5
James Hignett (UNM) def. Andrew Parks, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
Andy Jackson (AF) def. Simon Hegelund, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1
Doubles vs. Denver
Lance Wilhelm / Grant Taylor (AF) def. Max Krammer / Jens Vorkefeld, 9-8(5)
Alex Grubbs / Jack McCullers (AF) def. Fabio Biasion / Luke Manley, 8-6
Alex Clinkenbeard / Preben Bjorne (DU) def. Andy Jackson / Steven Young, 8-6