Sept. 24, 2010
The Air Force men’s tennis team opened its 2010-11 season Friday at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, Texas. Two Falcons, sophomore Lance Wilhelm and freshman Lucas Marin-Salcedo, each won his first-round match in the “A” singles flight before losing in the second round.
Wilhelm opened his tournament with a come from behind 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Christian Saravia of Rice, but fell to the tournament’s eighth-seeded player, Rifat Biktyakov of Oklahoma State, 6-2, 6-1, in the round of 32. Marin-Salcedo, meanwhile, cruised though his first-round match, defeating Rice’s Isamu Tachibana, 6-3, 6-4,but was beaten in the second round by Soren Goritzka of Mountain West Conference rival TCU, 6-2, 6-4.
Two Air Force players each won his first singles match in the “B” singles flight, with senior Taylor Soster defeating Texas A&M’s Beau Blackshear, 6-2, 6-0, and freshman Alex Grubbs beating Chris Gordon of Baylor, 7-5, 6-0. Both advance to the round of 16 on Saturday.
Air Force Results
Friday, Sept. 24
Flight A Singles
Round of 64 - Lance Wilhelm (AF) def. Christian Saravia (Rice), 0-6, 6-3, 6-3
Round of 32 – Rifat Biktyakov (Oklahoma State) def. Lance Wilhelm (AF), 6-2, 6-1
Round of 32 – Soren Goritzka (TCU) def. Lucas Marin-Salcedo, 6-2, 6-4
Flight B Singles
Round of 32 - Daniel Brown (Texas A&M) def. Ali Rizvi (AF), 6-0, 6-0
Round of 32 - Nicolas Moreno (UT-Arlington) def. Danny Gies (AF), 6-3, 7-5
Round of 32 - Austin Klores (Texas A&M) def. Alex Lineberry (AF), 6-4, 6-4
Round of 32 - Alex Grubbs (AF) def. Chris Gordon (Baylor), 7-5, 6-0
Round of 32 - Taylor Soster (AF) def. Beau Blackshear (Texas A&M), 6-2, 6-0
Round of 32 - Marcus Dornauf (UTPA) def. Alex Beaussart (AF), 6-4, 6-3
Flight A Doubles
Round of 32 - Harry Fowler/Peter Frank (Rice) def. Soster/Wilhelm (AF), 8-1
Flight B Doubles
Round of 16 - Marcus Dornauf/Matt Teivens (UTPA) def. Beaussart/Lineberry (AF), 8-5
Round of 16 - Aurelien Tave/Matt Westmoreland (Texas A&M CC) def. Gies/Rizvi (AF), 8-5
Round of 16 - Ricardo Hopker/Abdel Riani (UTPA) def. Marin-Salcedo/Grubbs (AF), 8-4
For tournament updates, please visit the tournament web site.