Falcons Look To Rebound at Cententary
LET'S GET IT STARTED: After a disappointing start to the 2006 season, the Air Force women's gymnastics team looks to rebound this weekend with a trip to Shreveport, La., to take on Centenary College and Missouri. The Falcons will meet up with the two programs at 7:00 on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Gold Dome on the campus of Centenary College.

WE'LL BE SEEING YOU: The Falcons and Centenary Ladies will meet each other on two more occasions this season ... both within the friendly confines of the Cadet West Gym. Air Force opens the home schedule hosting Centenary, UC-Davis and Wisconsin-Stout on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:00 p.m. The four squads will also face off on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 1:00 p.m.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Falcons open the season with four straight weeks on the road, traveling to such states as Alaska, Louisiana and Texas. In fact, Air Force will spend eight of the first nine weeks away from the Academy. Behind a pair of trips to Denver, the Falcons will also visit Washington, California and Kentucky.

A NEW FACE IN THE CROWD: In addition to the four newest Falcons, Air Force will also have a new face on the sideline, as Holly Tedeschi begins her first season as the head coach of the women's squad. Tedeschi, who served as an assistant coach with the program during the 2000-04 seasons, will be joined by second-year assistant coach 2Lt Tammy Ritchey.

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: The Falcons' lone senior class member, Lauren Robison, was named the team captain for the 2006 season. A 2004 USAG All-American in the all-around, Robison has also racked up numerous accolades from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), including all-conference second-team honors on the uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around as a junior. Robison has competed in every meet for the Falcons since her sophomore season, earning an all-around berth to the NCAA Regional Qualifier during each of the past two seasons.

SEASON IN A GLANCE: Youth will once again be the name of the game for the Air Force women's gymnastics team. The 2006 version of the squad features seven freshmen and sophomores, compared to just three juniors and one senior. Although those numbers may look daunting on paper, the experience of the seven returning gymnasts will blend perfectly with the talented enthusiasm of the newcomers.

ON THE HORIZON: Air Force wraps up the first month of the season with a road trip to Denton, Texas. The Falcons will face Texas Woman's University (TWU) on Sunday, Jan. 29, in the only meeting of the season between the two schools.


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