Falcons Win First Matches of '08 Season

Feb. 16, 2008

The Air Force women's tennis team posted its first two victories of the 2008 season Saturday, defeating South Dakota State, 7-0, and Northern Colorado, 6-1, at the Academy. With the pair of wins, Air Force improved to 2-6 this season. The Falcons host Montana State (9 a.m.) and Arkansas State (4 p.m.) on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Air Force stormed to an easy victory over South Dakota State Saturday morning, winning all nine matches, including all six singles contests in straight sets. Senior Erika Shortridge paired with freshman Katrina Eromin to defeat Kate and Emma Wylie, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles, then beat Kate Wylie, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 1 singles spot.

Freshmen Samantha Sarkis and Christen Monreal and sophomore Erlyn Rudico also won two matches against the Jackrabbits, while freshman Sarah Cassman cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles over Carrie Jansen.

Against Northern Colorado, Air Force fell behind 1-0 after the Bears captured the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles matches. Juniors Christine Abayan and Meghan Kiser won the No. 2 match for AFA, downing Karen Groll and Hannah LaForest, 8-2.

The Falcons found the momentum in singles, however, by winning all six matches in straight sets. Abayan won at No. 1, 6-4, 6-2, over Tabatha Knop, while senior Lauren Wilson captured the No. 2 match over Manuela Santos, 6-1, 6-2.

"This was a great day for the Falcons," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "The team did the basics extremely well in the first match against South Dakota State and we had a lot of underclassmen get an opportunity to compete. In the Northern Colorado match, Christine Abayan and Meghan Kiser came out on fire. They had a tremendous amount of energy and hit their targets well."



Air Force 7, South Dakota State 0

1. Erika Shortridge (AF) def. Kate Wylie, 6-1, 6-1
2. Samantha Sarkis (AF) def. Jenny Sondreal, 6-0, 6-2
3. Christen Monreal (AF) def. Caitlin Branner, 6-1, 6-3
4. Sarah Cassman (AF) def. Carrie Jansen, 6-1, 6-0
5. Erlyn Rudico (AF) def. Emma Wylie, 6-3, 6-4
6. Cathy Haycraft (AF) def. Nelllie Bloomberg, 6-2, 6-1

1. Shortridge/Katrina Eromin (AF) def. K. Wylie/E. Wylie, 8-2
2. Sarkis/Rudico (AF) def. Branner/Jansen, 8-2
3. Monreal/Lauren Wilson (AF) def. Sondreal/Bloomberg, 8-2

Air Force 6, Northern Colorado 1

1. Christine Abayan (AF) def. Tabatha Knop, 6-4, 6-2
2. Lauren Wilson (AF) def. Manuela Santos, 6-1, 6-2
3. Samantha Sarkis (AF) def. Tiffany Knop, 6-3, 6-4
4. Meghan Kiser (AF) def. Jodi Ciarvella, 6-3, 6-4
5. Katrina Eromin (AF) def. Karen Groll, 6-1, 6-2
6. Sarah Cassman (AF) def. Luiza Xavier, 6-2, 6-0

1. Ta. Knop/Santos (UNC) def. Wilson/Erika Shortridge, 8-3
2. Abayan/Kiser (AF) def. LaForest/Groll, 8-2
3. Ciarvella/Ti. Knop (UNC) def. Sarkis/Erlyn Rudico, 8-4

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