Falcons Host Two League Matches This Weekend

    Sophomore Grant Taylor
    Sophomore Grant Taylor

    April 3, 2013

    vs. Fresno State
    April 5, 2013, 2 p.m.
    USAFA, Colo.

    vs. #64 UNLV
    April 7, 2013, 11 a.m.
    USAFA, Colo.

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    THIS WEEK
     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.

    UP NEXT
     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.


     

     

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