Falcons Host Oral Roberts on Monday

    Senior Lance Wilhelm is ranked 78th in the country this week
    Senior Lance Wilhelm is ranked 78th in the country this week

    March 17, 2013

    vs. Oral Roberts
    March 18, 2013, 5 p.m.
    USAFA, Colo.

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    THIS WEEK
     The Air Force men's tennis team hosts Oral Roberts on Monday, March 18 beginning at 5 p.m., at the Academy's indoor tennis courts.


    LAST TIME OUT
     The Falcons dropped a pair of 5-2 decisions last weekend in Las Vegas, Nev. The Falcons lost to Ball State on Saturday, March 9 and No. 68 UNLV on Sunday, March 10. Air Force is now 8-7 this season.
     Senior Lance Wilhelm and junior Alex Grubbs each posted a singles win against Ball State on Saturday. Wilhelm was stretched to three sets before defeating Ray Leonard, 6-1, 6-7(5), 1-0(3) at the No. 1 spot, while Grubbs rallied to beat Patrick Elliott, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 at the No. 4 spot.
     On Sunday, the Falcons won the doubles point by capturing the top two matches. Wilhelm and sophomore Grant Taylor defeated Ace Matias and Bernard Schoeman, 8-3, at the No. 1 spot, while Grubbs and freshman Jack McCullers downed Tama Batyi and Johannes Markel, 8-5, at No. 2.
     In singles, Grubbs posted AFA's lone victory, defeating Schoeman, 6-4, 6-4.


    WILHELM RISING IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
     Air Force senior Lance Wilhelm received his first national ranking on Feb. 12, entering the ITA Division I Men's Singles rankings at No. 85. 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 10-3 overall  this spring and rose to No. 78 on March 12.


    UP NEXT
     Air Force will host UC-Santa Barbara on Sunday, March 31 beginning at 9 a.m. The match will be played at Lifetime Fitness in Colorado Springs.


     

     

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