Falcons Lose, 7-0, to No. 43 Washington State
Feb. 2, 2008
The Air Force women's tennis team fell to No. 43 Washington State, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at the Academy. The Falcons, which dropped a match to a nationally ranked team for the second consecutive day, falls to 0-5 this season.
The Cougars stormed out to a 1-0 lead with a sweep of all three doubles matches. Air Force played very well at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. Junior Christine Abayan and sophomore Erlyn Rudico dropped the No. 2 match, 8-6, to Aleksandra Cekic and Aleksandra Stefanova, while senior Lauren Wilson and freshman Samantha Sarkis fell by the same score to Marina Nicolas and Bianca Selaru at No. 3.
Washington State won all six singles matches as well, with five of them coming in straight sets. Air Force freshman Katrina Eromin battled Cekic to three sets at the No. 5 spot before falling 6-2, 1-6, 10-5.
We played much better in the doubles today and had a lot of energy," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "We are in the matches but need to convert. In singles, I was impressed with how everyone worked themselves into their matches."
The Falcons open Mountain West Conference play on Sunday, Feb. 3 when they host Wyoming at 3 p.m.
Washington State 7, Air Force 0
1. Burduli/Kamendova (WSU) def. Shortridge/Meghan Kiser, 8-2
2. Cekic/Stefanova (WSU) def. Abayan/Erlyn Rudico, 8-6
3. Nicolas/Selaru (WSU) def. Wilson/Samantha Sarkis, 8-6