Sept. 22, 2012
The Air Force men's tennis team took three of four doubles matches Saturday against Mountain West rival New Mexico Saturday on the second day of the Denver Invitational. Senior Lance Wilhelm and sophomore Grant Taylor dropped the top doubles match to the nation's 58th-ranked team of Jadon Phillips and Conor Berg, 8-6 at the top doubles spot, but won the other three matches.
Junior Alex Grubbs and freshman Jack McCullers won for the second straight day, defeating Riann duToit and James Hignett, 8-6, at the No. 2 position, while juniors Andy Jackson and Steven Young beat Mads Hegelund and Samir Iftikhar by the same score. Junior Ali Rizvi and freshman Andrew Parks then downed Evan Corona-Saunders and Simon Hegelund, 8-4.
"Our doubles teams had another solid day," said Air Force head coach Dan Oosterhous. "We executed the fundamentals extremely well and won matches from tight spots, which was great to see."
The Falcons also faced the University of Nebraska in singles play and Wilhelm posted the only victory, rallying to defeat Andre Stenger in three sets, 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3). Two other matches went three sets as Bradford Zitsch downed Rizvi, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 and Gagan Jain beat senior Stephen Katrein, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Nebraska won the other five matches in straight sets.
In singles, the effort was there but we need to figure out how to work through matches when we're not playing our best," said Oosterhous.
The Falcons will play Nebraska in doubles and Denver in singles on Sunday, Sept. 23.
Air Force vs. New Mexico Doubles:
Jadon Phillips / Conor Berg (UNM) def. Lance Wilhelm / Grant Taylor, 8-6
Alex Grubbs / Jack McCullers (AF) def. Riann duToit / James Hignett, 8-6
Andy Jackson / Steven Young (AF) def. Mads Hegelund / Samir Iftikhar, 8-6
Ali Rizvi / Andrew Parks (AF) def. Evan Corona-Saunders / Simon Hegelund, 8-4
Air Force vs. Nebraska Singles:
Lance Wilhelm (AF) def. Andre Stenger, 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3)
Marc Hermann (NEB) def. Alex Grubbs, 6-3, 6-2
Eric Sock (NEB) def. Steven Young, 6-4, 6-2
Dusty Boyer (NEB) def. Grant Taylor, 6-4, 6-4
Sebastian Florczyk (NEB) def. Jack McCullers, 6-4, 7-6(4)
Bradford Zitsch (NEB) def. Ali Rizvi, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Brandon Videtich (NEB) def. Andy Jackson, 6-2, 6-3
Scott Elsass (NEB) def. Andrew Parks, 6-4, 6-4
Gagan Jain (NEB) def. Stephen Katrein, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3