Air Force Defeats DU, 5-2
The Air Force men's tennis team improved its record to 16-4 this season with a 5-2 victory over the University of Denver Tuesday at the Academy. It was the final non-conference match of the season for the Falcons, who are ranked No. 68 in the country. With the loss, Denver fell to 5-10.
The Falcons started strong by winning two of the three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. All three matches were close, with Air Force taking the top two, each by an 8-6 score. At the No. 1 spot, junior Shannon Buck and sophomore Justin Lau teamed up to defeat Niklas Persson and Viktor Zetterholm, while seniors Tyler McClung and Chris Dong downed DU's No. 2 team of Steve Flaks and Jason Tan. The Pioneers took the No. 3 match, as Kalle Rosen and Ryan Slemons beat Trevor Johnson and Robby Alexander, 9-7.
The Falcons continued their momentum through the singles matches, winning four of the six contests. Buck, who is ranked 58th in the nation, led things off with a decisive 6-0, 6-1 victory over Zetterholm for his 10th consecutive win. He is now 18-2 overall and 14-1 at No. 1 singles this year.
McClung and Persson produced the first of four three-setters, with McClung hanging on for an exciting 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win at No. 2. Dong clinched the team match for Air Force with another three-setter, defeating Flaks, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 at the No. 4 position. Alexander won the No. 6 match for Air Force, 6-2, 6-3, over Slemons.
DU won the other two singles matches as Tan defeated Johnson, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3, while Rosen beat Lau, 4-6, 6-4 and 10-5 in the third-set tiebreak at the No. 5 spot.
Air Force opens Mountain West Conference play this Saturday, April 8 against the University of Utah in Provo, Utah, beginning at 10 a.m.
Air Force 5, Denver 2
Tuesday, April 5, USAFA, Colo.
1. Shannon Buck (AF) def. Viktor Zetterholm, 6-0, 6-1
2. Tyler McClung (AF) def. Niklas Persson, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
3. Jason Tan (DU) def. Trevor Johnson, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. Chris Dong (AF) def. Steve Flaks, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
5. Kalle Rosen (DU) def. Justin Lau, 4-6, 6-4, 10-5
6. Robby Alexander (AF) def. Ryan Slemons, 6-2, 6-3
1. Buck/Lau (AF) def. Persson/Zetterholm, 8-6
2. McClung/Dong (AF) def. Flaks/Tan, 8-6
3. Rosen/Slemons (DU) def. Johnson/Alexander, 9-7