Denver Downs Air Force, 5-2

Jan. 23, 2011

The Air Force women's tennis team dropped its second straight home match to open the 2011 spring season Sunday, losing to the University of Denver 5-2. The Pioneers won two of the three doubles matches and four of six singles matches, three of them in three sets.

The Pioneers opened a 1-0 lead with victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles spots. Emma Isberg and Elena Najera combined to win at No. 2, 8-5, over senior Christen Monreal and Anastasia Hueffner, while Caroline Schnell and Natalie Dunn won 8-4 over senior Sarah Cassman and junior Megumi Voight at No. 3. The Falcons' No. 1 doubles team of sophomores Hannah Dake and Melissa Cecil defeated Sophia Bergner and Steffi Rath, 8-3.

In singles play, DU captured four of the five matches that went three sets. Bergner rallied from a set down to defeat Monreal at the top spot, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 to put the Pioneers up 2-0. Cassman gave Air Force its first point by rallying from 5-2 down in the third set to defeat Schnell at the No. 4 spot, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5.

Isberg made it 3-1 by winning the No. 3 match for the Pioneers, coming from behind to beat Dake, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. Cecil, filling in for junior Tahlia Smoke, won the No. 2 match in three sets over Najera, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, but Rath clinched the match for DU with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Hueffner at the No. 6 spot. Dunn wrapped things up by beating Hueffner, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 at the No. 5 position.

"It was an amazing team effort today and I could be more proud of my team," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "We did not leave anything on the court today. After losing the doubles point, we continued to fight and went three sets in the first five singles matches. It was a battle to the end and only a few points made the difference."



Air Force returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 29 when it hosts Seattle University (8 a.m.) and Northern Colorado (4 p.m.).

Denver 5, Air Force 2
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011
USAFA, Colo.

1. Sophia Bergner (DU) def. Christen Monreal, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
2. Melissa Cecil (AF) def. Elena Najera, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
3. Emma Isberg (DU) def. Hannah Dake, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
4. Sarah Cassman (AF) def. Caroline Schnell, 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5
5. Natalie Dunn (DU) def. Anastasia Hueffner, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
6. Steffi Rath (DU) def. Megumi Voight, 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish - 1, 4, 3, 2, 6, 5

1. Cecil / Dake (AF) def. Bergner / Rath, 8-3
2. Isberg / Najera (DU) def. Monreal / Hueffner, 8-5
3. Schnell / Dunn (DU) def. Cassman / Voight, 8-4
Order of Finish - 1, 2, 3

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