Falcon Netters Rally to Defeat Central Florida, 4-3
Air Force's Justin Mancinelli rallied from a set down to beat Augusto Sanabria, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, in the deciding match Saturday, giving the Falcons a 4-3 victory over Central Florida in men's tennis action at the Cadet Gymansium's Indoor Courts.
Mancinelli dropped the first set in a see-saw tiebreaker to Sanabria, 10-8, before capturing the final two sets in the No. 5 singles match. He improved his singles record to 14-1 this season. Falcon Doug Fike had tied the team match at 3-all by winning the No. 6 singles match, 6-3, 6-4, over UCF's Ryan Winter.
Central Florida, which fell to 9-3 this season, took a 3-2 lead when No. 1 player Federico Camacho and No. 3 William Guerin won their matches within seconds of each other. Camacho defeated Eric Pittman, 6-2, 7-5, while Guerin beat Rene Ramirez, 6-4, 7-6. Air Force's Chris Zielinski captured the No. 4 match with a 6-3, 7-6, decision over Gabriel Strangberg, winning the second-set tiebreaker 13-11.
Air Force, now 12-4, started strong by winning all three doubles matches. Chris Zielinski paired with his brother, Greg, to defeat Strangberg and Catalin Bradu, 9-8, at the No. 1 position. The Zielinski's are 14-1 this season and 10-1 at No.1 doubles. Pittman and Mancinelli won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles while Ramirez and Kyle Rainey captured the No. 3 match, 8-6.
The Falcons conclude their nine-match home stand tomorrow (Mar. 19) by hosting Loyola Marymount at 10 a.m.
Match Summary Air Force 4, Central Florida 3 Singles 1. Federico Camacho (UCF) def. Eric Pittman 6-2, 7-5 2. Catalin Bradu (UCF) def. Kyle Rainey 6-2, 6-3 3. William Guerin (UCF) def. Rene Ramirez 6-4, 7-6 (4) 4. Chris Zielinski (AFA) def. Gabriel Strangberg 6-3, 7-6 (11) 5. Justin Mancinelli (AFA) def. Augusto Sanabria 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-3 6. Doug Fike (AFA) def. Ryan Winter 6-3, 6-4 Doubles 1. C. Zielinski/Greg Zielinski (AFA) def. Bradu/Strangberg 9-8 2. Pittman/Mancinelli (AFA) def. Camacho/Sanabria 8-2 3. Rainey/Ramirez def. Guerin/Winter 8-6