Sept. 23, 2012
The Air Force men's tennis team wrapped up the final day of the Denver Invitational Sunday by claiming the singles and doubles titles. Senior Lance Wilhelm won the singles competition, while junior Alex Grubbs and freshman Jack McCullers completed a perfect weekend to win the doubles title.
Wilhelm scored 16 points by winning two matches at the No. 1 singles spot, while Grubbs and McCullers finished with nine points after a perfect 3-0 mark at the No. 2 doubles spot.
The Falcons completed up the final day by winning four of six singles matches against the host Pioneers. The Falcons also played doubles against the University of Nebraska.
Wilhelm and juniors Steven Young and Ali Rizvi all won their singles matches in straight sets against Denver, while McCullers was extended to three sets before defeating Frederick Bjorne, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1. Grubbs and McCullers, meanwhile, won their third straight match by downing the Huskers' team of Scott Elsass / Brandon Videtich, 8-6.
"Our team responded well and made good adjustments during their singles matches today," said Air Force head coach Dan Oosterhous. "It was also important for us to be in position and have success closing out matches. This tournament was a very good start to our season and we have a lot to build from."
Air Force vs. Nebraska Doubles:
Andre Stenger / Bradford Zitsch (NEB) def. Lance Wilhelm / Grant Taylor, 8-6
Alex Grubbs / Jack McCullers (AF) def. Scott Elsass / Brandon Videtich, 8-6
Marc Hermann / Sebastian Florczyk (NEB) def. Steven Young / Andy Jackson, 8-4
Dusty Boyer / Tom Blackwell (NEB) def. Ali Rizvi / Andrew Parks. 8-4
Air Force vs. Denver Singles:
Lance Wilhelm (AF) def. Max Krammer, 6-3, 6-3
Jens Vorkefeld (DU) def. Alex Grubbs, 6-3, 6-3
Steven Young (AF) def. Luke Manley, 6-1, 6-4
Alex Clinkenbeard (DU) def. Grant Taylor, 6-3, 7-6 (6)
Jack McCullers (AF) def. Frederick Bjorne, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1
Ali Rizvi (AF) def. Preben Bjorne, 6-1, 6-1