Feb. 15, 2013
Feb. 16, 2013, 4 p.m.
Kansas City, Mo.
The Air Force men’s tennis team travels to Kansas City, Mo., to take on the UMKC Kangaroos on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.
The Falcons moved to 5-4 this season after winning two of three matches last weekend. Air Force fell to 52nd-ranked University of Denver, 7-0, on Friday, but rebounded to beat UMBC (7-0) and Northern Colorado (6-1) at home on Sunday.
DU took an early 1-0 lead with wins at the top two doubles spots. Air Force won the No. 3 match as juniors Steven Young and Andy Jackson defeated Luke Manley and Alex Clinkenbeard, 8-6. The Pioneers then swept the six singles matches but Air Force sent two of them to a third set. Senior Lance Wilhelm lost his first match of the season, falling to 47th-ranked Enej Bonin, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
The Falcons won eight of nine matches against UMBC and Northern Colorado. Wilhelm and Grant Taylor won both at the No. 1 doubles position and are 6-3 this spring. Junior Alex Grubbs and freshman Jack McCullers each won twice in doubles as well. In singles, Wilhelm downed Justin Carter of UMBC, 6-3, 6-0, to improve to 7-1 at the top spot, then sat out the UNC match. Grubbs, Young, sophomore Landon Kinsey and freshman Andrew Parks each won two singles matches on Sunday, all in straight sets.
WILHELM EARNS FIRST NATIONAL RANKING
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.
Air Force returns home for the first of three consecutive matches at the Academy on Friday, Feb. 22 against Wichita State at 4 p.m.