April 17, 2013
vs. Utah State
April 18, 2013, 1 p.m.
vs. #63 New Mexico
April 21, 2013, 12 p.m.
The Air Force men’s tennis team plays its final two matches of the regular season this week at the Academy. The Falcons will host Utah State on Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m., and 63rd-ranked New Mexico on Sunday, April 21 at 12 p.m. Air Force seniors Lance Wilhelm and Stephen Katrein will be honored in a pre-match ceremony.
LAST TIME OUT
The Falcons lost a pair of league matches on the road last weekend, falling to 42nd-ranked San Diego State, 6-1, and Mountain West newcomer Nevada, 5-2. Air Force is now 10-11 overall and 0-5 in the Mountain West this season.
Junior Andy Jackson posted the team’s lone win agaisnt the Aztecs, winning the No. 6 singles match in three sets. Senior Lance Wilhelm (No. 1) and junior Alex Grubbs (No. 4) each won his singles match against Nevada, while Wilhelm and sophomore Grant Taylor won the No. 1 doubles match.
WILHELM AND TAYLOR WIN THEIR 20TH
Wilhelm and Taylor won their 20th doubles match this season by winning the No. 1 match over Nevada on Sunday. They are the first doubles team to post 20 overall wins in one season since Brett Rodgers and Taylor Soster went 21-12 during the 2009-10 season. Wilhelm and Taylor, who were named all-conference last season, are 20-10 overall, 15-6 at the No. 1 spot and 3-2 in conference play.
WILHELM STILL IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
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 currently ranked No. 97.
Air Force opens play at the 2013 Mountain West Tennis Championships on Thursday, April 25 at the Academy. The Falcons have locked up the seventh seed and will play the No. 2 seed (yet to be determined) at 2 p.m.