April 3, 2013
vs. Fresno State
April 5, 2013, 2 p.m.
vs. #64 UNLV
April 7, 2013, 11 a.m.
Air Force resumes Mountain West play by hosting a pair of matches this weekend. The Falcons host league-newcomer Fresno State on Friday, April 5 at 2 p.m. and 64th-ranked UNLV on Sunday, April 7 at 11 a.m. Both matches will be played at the USAFA Outdoor Courts.
LAST TIME OUT
The Falcons defeated UC Santa Barbara 4-3 on March 31 at Lifetime Fitness Center in Colorado Springs. Air Force improved to 10-7 this season.
Air Force grabbed the doubles point, thanks to an exciting tiebreaker at the No. 1 position. Junior Alex Grubbs and freshman Jack McCullers were off the court first after an 8-6 win over Benjamin Recknagel and Axel Bouillin at the No. 2 spot. Junior Steven Young and freshman Andrew Parks then dropped the No. 3 match to Miles Seemann and Andrew Riminton, 8-6, setting up the final doubles match. Senior Lance Wilhelm and sophomore Grant Taylor rallied from a 5-2 deficit and saved two match points in the tiebreaker to defeat Mbonisi Ndimande and Ziad Sultan, 9-8(10) to clinch the point.
Parks put the Falcons ahead 2-0 by handily defeating Alexander Gryaznov, 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 5 singles spot, but the Gauchos won the next three matches to take a 3-2 lead. Bouillin defeated Grubbs, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 3, Sultan downed Taylor 7-6(4), 6-4 at No. 4 and Recknagel beat Young, 6-4, 7-6(4) at No. 2.
McCullers rallied from a set down to win the No. 6 match, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 over Seemann to even the match at 3-all, then Wilhelm, ranked 75th in the country, came from behind to defeat Ndimande 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-3 to win at No. 1 and clinch the match for Air Force.
WILHELM STILL 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 11-3 overall this spring and rose to No. 75 on March 26.
Air Force hits the road to battle Mountain West foes San Diego State on Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m., and Nevada on Sunday, April 14 at 10 a.m.