Falcons Win Two Matches at the Academy

    Junior Sarah Cassman won both of her singles matches Saturday
    Junior Sarah Cassman won both of her singles matches Saturday

    Feb. 6, 2010

    The Air Force women’s tennis team won a pair of matches Saturday at the Academy, improving its record to 6-1 this season. The Falcons, winners of six straight matches, defeated Montana State, 6-1, and UMKC, 7-0.


    Air Force rolled through Montana State Saturday morning, not losing more than two games in any of the three doubles matches. The Falcons then won five of the six singles matches, all of them easily in straight sets. The only blemish for Air Force during the entire day was junior Christen Monreal falling at the No. 1 singles match in a thrilling three-setter to Laura Villegas, 7-5, 4-6, (13-11).


    The best match in the afternoon session was the No. 2 singles match between AFA freshman Melissa Cecil and UMKC’s Eva Delvai. Cecil rallied from losing the first set, 7-5, to win the second set 6-2, then saved a match point before taking the third-set super tiebreak, 10-8.




    Cecil, along with fellow freshman Christine Molina, sophomore Tahlia Smoke and junior Sarah Cassman, each won two singles matches on Saturday.


    “This was another big day for our team,” said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. “The players executed the basics extremely well in the doubles and this gave them some momentum going into the singles. The crowd support was also a big boost to the team!”


    Air Force closes out their seven-match homestand on Sunday, Feb. 7 with a match against Texas-San Antonio at noon.



    Air Force 6, Montana State 1



    1. Laura Villegas (MSU) def.  Christen Monreal, 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (11)

    2. Melissa Cecil (AF) def. Charlotta Hjalmarsson, 6-1, 6-0

    3. Christine Molina (AF) def. Jennifer Coll, 6-2, 6-0

    4. Tahlia Smoke (AF) def. Andrea De la Torre, 6-1, 6-1

    5. Sarah Cassman (AF) def. Zori Fossum, 6-0, 6-0

    6. Katrina Eromin (AF) def. Lucy Faurbotham, 6-2, 6-0



    1. Hannah Dake / Cecil (AF) def. Villegas / Ali Griffin, 8-1

    2. Eromin / Allie Chermel (AF) def.  De la Torre / Coll, 8-2

    3. Molina / Monreal (AF) def. Hjalmarsson / Fossum, 8-1



    Air Force 7, UMKC 0



    1. Christen Monreal (AF) def. Chelsea Horner, 6-0, 6-4

    2. Melissa Cecil (AF) def. Eva Delvai, 5-7, 6-2, 1-0(8)

    3. Hannah Dake (AF) def. Laura Bouet, 6-4, 6-1

    4. Christine Molina (AF) def. Suzah Lisenby, 6-1, 6-1

    5. Tahlia Smoke (AF) def. Jillian Yakominich,            6-1, 6-1

    6. Sarah Cassman (AF) def. Jessica Bell, 6-1, 6-1



    1. Dake / Cecil (AF) def. Delvai / Horner, 8-2

    2. Smoke / Allie Chermel (AF) def. Bell / Lisenby, 8-0

    3. Katrina Eromin / Erlyn Rudico def. Yakominich / Bell, 8-1



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