Jan. 27, 2013
The Air Force women's tennis team posted its first-ever victory over in-state rival University of Colorado, 4-3 Sunday at the Academy. The Falcons, now 4-0 this season, won at the top two doubles spots and four of six singles positions to snap a 13-match losing streak to the Buffaloes (0-1).
"This was really an exciting day for our team to see all their hard work and effort pay off," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "Today was a lot of fun for all and anytime you can win against a Pac-12 school you feel like you've accomplished something."
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead with wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles. After sophomore Tiffany Tran and freshman Mary Meyers lost 8-2 at the No. 3 spot to Carla Manzi Tenorio and Winde Janssens, AFA's No. 1 team of seniors Melissa Cecil and Hannah Dake won 8-5 over Julyette Steur and Erin Sanders. The Falcons' No. 2 team of senior Christine Molina and sophomore Natasha Rizvi clinched the point with a dramatic 8-6 victory over Dhany Quevado and Mazy Watrous.
"The doubles point is always huge for our team to win and our top two teams battled back to win the point," said Gidley. "Then in the singles, Natasha (Rizvi) set the tone by getting on and off the court with a straight set win. She battled for the first set and then never let her opponent back in the second set."
Rizvi completed her perfect weekend and gave Air Force a 2-0 lead with an impressive 6-3, 6-1 victory over Tenorio at the No. 4 singles spot. Janssens then put CU on the board by defeating Tran at No. 3, 6-3, 6-2 and Steur evened the match at 2-all with a three-set win (1-6, 6-0, 6-2) over Molina at the top position.
Cecil handled Watrous 6-2, 6-0 to give Air Force a 3-2 lead, then Dake clinched the match by winning the most exciting singles match of the day at the No. 2 spot. After winning the first set 6-4 against Quevado, Dake dropped the second set 6-3 and the third set went the distance with Dake winning the tiebreaker, 7-5.
"This was truly a team effort, but it was fitting that two of our seniors clinched the last two points to give the team the win," said Gidley.
Ashley Tiefel then defeated Meyers, 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 at the No. 6 spot in the final match.
The Falcons travel to Eugene, Ore., next weekend to take on Gonzaga on Saturday, Feb. 2 and Oregon on Sunday, Feb. 3.
Air Force 4, Colorado 3
Sunday, Jan. 27
1. Cecil / Dake (AF) def. Steur / Erin Sanders, 8-5
2. Molina / Rizvi (AF) def. Quevado / Watrous, 8-6
3. Manzi Tenorio / Janssens (CU) def. Tran / Meyers, 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Julyette Steur (CU) def. Christine Molina, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2
2. Hannah Dake (AF) def. Dhany Quevado, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)
3. Winde Janssens (CU) def. Tiffany Tran, 6-3, 6-2
4. Natasha Rizvi (AF) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio, 6-3, 6-1
5. Melissa Cecil (AF) def. Mazy Watrous, 6-2, 6-0
6. Ashley Tiefel (CU) def. Mary Meyers, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0(8)
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1, 5, 2, 6