Feb. 26, 2013
Feb. 27, 2013, 5 p.m.
The Air Force men’s tennis team hosts the CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.
Air Force split a pair of matches at home last weekend, falling to Wichita State, 5-2, on Friday and defeating Northern Arizona, 6-1, on Saturday.
Air Force lost the doubles point to Wichita State as the Shockers won at the top two spots. Tomislav Gregurovic and Ilija Cuic defeated Lance Wilhelm and Grant Taylor, 8-6, at the No. 1 position, while Matheus Pereira and Tin Ostojic beat Alex Grubbs and Jack McCullers, 8-2 at No. 2. Steven Young and Andrew Parks won the No. 3 match for Air Force, 8-7, over Guillermo Nicol and Alvaro Gutierrez.
In singles, Young and Parks were the only winners for AFA. Young rallied to win the No. 4 match, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Nicol, whole Parks defeated Ostojic, 6-2, 7-6 at the No. 6 spot. Wichita State took the other four matches, two of them in three sets.
Perieira handed Wilhelm just his second loss of the spring, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 at the No. 1 spot, and Cuic won the No. 2 match over Taylor, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Gregurovic beat AFA sophomore Landon Kinsey, 6-0, 7-6 at No. 3 and Erick Reyes beat Grubbs, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5.
Air Force grabbed the doubles point by sweeping all three matches. Senior Lance Wilhelm and sophomore Grant Taylor won at the No. 1 position, 8-4, over Shaun Waters and Robert Martin, while junior Alex Grubbs and freshman Jack McCullers downed Patrick Schimmelbauer and Sarp Laleli, 8-3, at No. 2. Junior Steven Young and freshman Andrew Parks completed the sweep with an 8-2 triumph over Kester Black and Dominic Bermudez at No. 3.
In singles, the Falcons won five of the six matches, all in straight sets. Wilhelm improved to 10-2 at the top spot with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Waters and Taylor won the No. 2 match over Schimmelbauer, 6-3, 7-5. Young followed suit at the No. 3 spot, defeating Bermudez 6-2, 6-1. Parks defeated Black, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 and junior Ali Rizvi won the No. 6 match over Laleli, 6-3, 6-4.
Air Force is idle until Friday, March 8 when it plays UNLV in Las Vegas beginning at 2 p.m. (PT). The Falcons will then play Ball State on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.