Falcons Capture Two at Home
Jan. 22, 2010
The Air Force women's tennis team improved to 2-1 this spring with a pair of victories Friday at the Academy. The Falcons, who swept the three doubles matches in each match and had four singles players go 2-0 on the day, defeated Seattle University, 7-0, and Gonzaga, 6-1.
Air Force opened the day by sweeping all nine matches against Seattle. Freshmen Melissa Cecil and Hannah Dake won the No. 1 doubles match over Audree Jenks and Nicole Fleckenstein, 8-6. Junior Katrina Eromin and sophomore Allie Chermel won at the No.2 spot, 8-3, over Ariel Ohno and Steffanie Mortera, while junior Christen Monreal and freshman Christine Molina won at No. 3 by the same score over Katrina Schwab and Mikaela Peterson.
In singles play, Molina captured the No. 1 match with a 7-5, 6-4 decision over Ohno, while Monreal pulled out a three-set victory over Schwab, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot. Sophomore Tahlia Smoke, the reigning MWC player of the week, flew by Jenks, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 and Cecil downed Fleckenstein, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 4 position. Juniors Sarah Cassman and Eromin won in straight sets at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
In the nightcap against Gonzaga, the Falcons used the same doubles lineup and captured all three matches, including an impressive 8-0 victory by Dake and Cecil at the top spot. Monreal and Molina exchanged singles spots at the top of the lineup, but once again each produced a victory. Molina went three sets this time, defeating Kristina Zauere, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. Dake (No. 3), Cecil (No. 5) and Cassman (No. 6) each won in straight sets.
Gonzaga's Prue Teitzel notched the Bulldogs' lone win, defeating Smoke at the No. 4 spot, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
"I am very pleased with the way that everyone stepped up today," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "We could have easily lost both of these matches - but the team converted when they had an opportunity and we came away with two wins."
Air Force hosts South Dakota on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 12 p.m.
Air Force 7, Seattle 0