Air Force Men's Tennis (15-8, 0-2 MWC)
Friday, April 6 vs. #56 San Diego State 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 vs. #36 UNLV 10 a.m.
Sunday, April 8 vs. New Mexico 10 a.m.
Mar. 28 - Defeated Portland State 7-0 (N)
Mar. 28 - Lost to St. Mary's College 4-3 (A)
Mar. 30 - Lost to Santa Clara 5-2 (A)
Air Force completes its 2001 regular season this weekend with
three home Mountain West Conference matches. The Falcons play San Diego
State on Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m., UNLV on Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m.,
and New Mexico on Sunday, April 8 at 10 a.m.
The time of Air Force's match against San Diego State on Friday
originally scheduled for 2 p.m. has been changed to 6:30 p.m.
San Diego State owns a 12-2 record in the overall series
with Air Force. The Aztecs won the last meeting between the two teams, 7-0,
during the 1999 campaign. UNLV has won both matches against the Falcons,
including a 4-1 victory at last year's MWC Championships. New Mexico is 16-2
against Air Force, including a 5-1 decision in 1999.
Falcon coach Rich Gugat is in his 27th season with the Falcons,
sporting a career record of 625-169. He is currently fourth among active
coaches on the NCAA career wins list, and third among active coaches with a
.787 winning percentage.
vs. Portland State:
Air Force won all six singles matches in straight sets
against Portland State, a team in its second year of existence. Three
Falcons won their match 6-0, 6-0.
The Vikings did capture the No. 2 doubles match, but Air Force's Chris and
Greg Zielinski won, 8-1, at No. 1 and Kyle Rainey and Rene Ramirez combined
to win the No. 3 match by the same score.
vs. St. Mary's:
St. Mary's won the final four singles matches to defeat the
Falcons, 4-3. Air Force jumped out to a quick lead, with the Zielinski's
(8-5) and Rainey and Ramirez (8-0) winning their doubles matches to give the
Falcons a 1-0 lead.
AFA's Eric Pittman and Rainey cruised through their singles matches, with
Pittman beating Arturo Planell, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 1 singles and Rainey
beating Boris Vallejo, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot. St. Mary's then won the
final four matches in straight sets to pull out the victory.
vs. Santa Clara:
Santa Clara, ranked No. 71 in the country, defeated the
Falcons, 5-2. The Falcons finish their 2001 spring break trip with a 2-2
Air Force earned the first point with a sweep of the three doubles matches,
including an exciting 9-8 victory by Chris and Greg Zielinski at No. 1
doubles. They defeated Ryan Livesay and Michael Bruggemann, 9-7, in the
tiebreaker. Eric Pittman and Alan Haedge won, 8-6, at No. 2, and Kyle Rainey
and Rene Ramirez captured the No. 3 match, 9-7.
The Falcons were not so fortunate in singles, however. Pittman recorded
AFA's only victory, a 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 come-from-behind win over Livesay. The
No. 4 match also went three sets as Santa Clara's Federico Mattioli defeated
Chris Zielinski, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2. The Broncos posted straight set victories at
the other four spots.