March 17, 2013
vs. Oral Roberts
March 18, 2013, 5 p.m.
Air Force Match Notes
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.
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.