The Blue team defeated the Silver team in the Air Force men's tennis annual season-opening exhibition Thursday afternoon at the Academy.
The Silver team opened the match with a sweep in doubles, as Grant Taylor and Max Olson defeated Jack McCullers and Lucas Fumagalli, 6-4, at No. 1 doubles. Andrew Parks and Sean Chi beat Nico Carpenter and Dillion Launius, 6-2, at No. 2 while Matthew Lee defeated Mike Kite, 6-1, in a modified No. 3 match.
Three singles matches were decided in a third-set tie-breaker. McCullers defeated Taylor at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5). Fumagalli was a 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) winning at No. 2 singles while Carpenter defeated Olson at No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-4. The Silver team picked up its first win in singles when Chi defeated Launius, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4) at No. 4 singles. Kite was a 6-2 winner over Tyler Brennan in a one-set No. 5 singles match.
"This is an exciting way to start our fall season. Jack McCullers and Lucas Fumagalli looked sharp as well as freshman Sean Chi," said head coach Dan Oosterhous. "Putting our guys under match pressure on the first day really helps. We know what we need to focus on for the next 2 weeks leading up to our tournament in Milwaukee."
The Falcons open the regular fall season at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic in Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 12-14.