Oct. 18, 2012
Senior Lance Wilhelm won two singles matches on Thursday and advanced to the round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Mountain Region Men's Tennis Championships at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas, Nev. It is the farthest an Air Force player has advanced in the singles draw at the region tournament since Shannon Buck made it to the finals in 2005.
Wilhelm, the sixth-seeded player in the tournament, rallied to win his second-round match over Javier Martin-Morillas, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 before easily handling Devin Lane of Utah, 6-2, 6-1 in the third round. He will face Nathan Sereke of Boise State, the 11th-seed, in the round of 16 on Friday.
Sophomore Grant Taylor, the only other Falcon still in the main draw on Thursday, lost in the second round to 17th-seeded Max Krammer of Denver, 6-2, 6-4, but then rebounded to win his first consolation match over Cody Miller of UNLV, 6-2, 6-1. Taylor will continue playing in the consolation bracket on Friday.
In other singles action, juniors Steven Young, Andy Jackson and Alex Grubbs each won in the consolation bracket on Thursday. Young came from behind to beat Sanjay Goswami of Weber State, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 while Jackson and Grubbs each won in straight sets. Juniors Alex Lineberry and Ali Rizvi lost in the consolation bracket on Thursday.
In doubles, the sixth-seeded duo of Wilhelm and Taylor were upset by Victor Ouvrard and Fernando Sunago of Nevada 8-3 in the second round after a first-round bye. However, Wilhelm and Taylor defeated Yannick Blank and Germain Degardin of New Mexico State 8-3 in the second round of consolation.
Also, Grubbs and Jackson lost in the second round to Charlie Alvarado and Willie Sublette of UNLV, 8-6, then won in the second round of consolation, beating Goswami and Todd Fought of Weber State, 9-8.
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