Feb. 14, 2013
Air Force senior Lance Wilhelm received his first national ranking this week, entering the ITA Division I Men's Singles rankings at No. 85. In addition, Wilhelm was also the first Air Force men's tennis player to earn All-America status from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Wilhelm, from Gig Harbor, Wash., is the first Air Force men's player to receive a national singles ranking since Shannon Buck in 2006. He is 7-1 this spring and has already defeated two players that are ranked ahead of him this week.
Wilhelm also received NCSA All-American status last week. The NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning program recognizes those collegiate and high school athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of their strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning.
"Lance has made the most of his experience at the Air Force Academy," said Air Force head coach Dan Oosterhous. "All of his accolades are a direct result of the tremendous amount of hard work he puts into everything he does, in the weight room, on the tennis court and in the classroom. It has been amazing to watch him develop over the past four years and he is a wonderful example to everyone of what you can accomplish with a competitive spirit and hard work."
Wilhelm has been selected to be a scientist in the Air Force and his first assignment following graduation will be at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.
The Falcons, 5-4 this spring, travel to Kansas City to take on UMKC on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.