U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Air Force posted a clean sweep in doubles action and five straight-set singles wins to sweep Metro State, Friday evening in the Indoor Tennis Courts of Cadet Gymnasium. The win improves the Falcons’ overall record to 3-0.
TJ Fumagalli and Elizabeth Barnickel led the way in doubles, topping Wright and Kerr, 7-5, in the No. 1 position. Freshmen duo Ashleigh Harvey and Meredith Jones continued the roll with a 6-2 win over Porter and Pessoa in the second position to secure the match point. Meredith Laskey and Carley Hatcliff put the final touches on doubles action with a 6-3 win in the third position.
The Falcons imposed their will in singles action, registering five straight-set wins in the top-five positions. Fumagalli beat Porter, 6-3, 6-0, in the first position followed by Barnickel’s win over Wright, 6-4, 6-2. Laskey and Jones won their matches, 6-1, 6-3, and 6-0, 6-1, in positions three and four, respectively. Harvey continued straight-set action with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kerr in the fifth position. Senior Carley Hatcliff secured the sweep after battling back from an early deficit, 1-6, 6-2, 6-5.
“It was great to play at home,” exclaimed head coach Kim Gidley. “Our team did a great job of getting their cadets out to cheer them onto victory, which made it even more special!”
“The team got on the court and off the court and executed what we had worked on in practice,” explained Gidley. “It was nice to see them close out the match and not let their opponents in. Since we were idle last week – this was great to get back in the swing of things before we compete against Pac 12 opponent, University of Colorado, on the road this Sunday.”
The Falcons travel north to take on Colorado University at 11 a.m., at the Harvest House in Boulder.
AIR FORCE vs. METRO STATE, Feb. 2
Fumagalli/Barnickel (AF) def. Wright/Kerr (MSU)–7-5
Harvey/Jones (AF) def. Porter/Pessoa (MSU) –6-2
Laskey/Hatcliff (AF) def. Hutan/Xiao (MSU) –6-3
TJ Fumagalli (AF) def. Tabitha Porter (MSU) –6-3, 6-0
Elizabeth Barnickel (AF) def. Courtney Wright (MSU) –6-4, 6-2
Meredith Laskey (AF) def. Alex Pessoa (MSU) –6-1, 6-3
Meredith Jones (AF) def. Ainsley Winterrowd (MSU) –6-0, 6-1
Ashleigh Harvey (AF) def. Emily Kerr (MSU) –6-3, 6-2
Carley Hatcliff (AF) def. Linying Xiao (MSU) –1-6, 6-2, 6-5
FINAL: Air Force 7, Metro State 0