SAN ANTONIO, TX – Following another rain delay, Air Force put on a display of air power at Trinity University, posting a sweep in doubles action and six straight-set wins in singles action to top the Tigers, 7-0, Saturday afternoon. The Falcons improve to 8-2 on the season.
Before the teams faced off in dual action, they teamed up to provide a free youth clinic for local tennis enthusiasts.
“Trinity University and their coach, Gretchen Rush, run a first-class program and it was great to work alongside their players to give back to the community,” exclaimed head coach Kim Gidley.
Prior to the clinic, the team also met with Congressmen Lamar Smith from Texas and Col. Brown, who is stationed at Randolph AFB.
“For coach Rush to arrange this for both our teams was a tremendous opportunity for our players,” said Gidley. “Both speakers provided motivation to the teams in their continued pursuit of excellence.”
After the clinic, the Falcons and Tigers set the stage for dual action.
The Falcons imposed their will on Trinity in doubles action, winning all three matches in a convincing manner. TJ Fumagalli and Elizabeth Barnickel, who are undefeated in the No. 1 doubles position, posted a 6-1 win over Mary and Zoe Kaffen. Ashleigh Harvey and Meredith Jones followed suit with a 6-1 win over Kutech and DeLeon. Senior Carley Hatcliff and teammate Meredith Laskey continued the roll with a 6-4 win over Duncan and Jackson in the No. 3 position.
The Falcons continued to put the pressure on Trinity in singles action as Fumagalli led the way with a 6-2, 6-2, win over Cutach in the No. 1 position. Barnickel, who only dropped four games all weekend in her four wins in the Falcons’ top positions, continued to dominate as she posted a 6-1, 6-0, win over DeLeon. Meredith Laskey and Meredith Jones continued to do work for the Falcons in the third and fourth positions, respectively. Laskey topped Debaugue, 6-3, 6-0, while Jones bested M. Kaffen, 6-3, 6-1. In the No. 5 position, Harvey posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Zoe Kaffen, while Hatcliff put the final touches on the sweep with a 6-1, 6-3, win over Canjar.
“It was great to get a pair of wins on the road,” said Gidley. “The weekend was filled with rain delays, but we got the matches in. I’m proud of our team, they are all playing at a high level and still getting better.”
“To get to meet Congressman Smith and do a community service event while competing made it for a great weekend,” continued Gidley. “Trinity University was a great host and it was fun to compete at such a great facility and program that coach Rush runs.”
Air Force women's tennis would like to exctend a warm thank you to the Texas Parents Club who provided support and meals for the athletes.
The Falcons continue action on the road as they travel to Boise, Idaho, to take on Boise State in the conference-slate opener, March 16, followed by a non-conference matchup with Idaho State, March 17.
AIR FORCE at TRINITY UNIVERSITY, Feb. 24
Fumagalli/Barnickel (AF) def. Z. Kaffen/M. Kaffen (TU) –6-1
Jones/Harvey (AF) def. Kutech/DeLeon (TU) –6-1
Laskey/Hatcliff (AF) def. Duncan/Jackson (TU) –6-4
TJ Fumagalli (AF) def. Caroline Kutach (TU) –6-2, 6-2
Elizabeth Barnickel (AF) def. Andrea DeLeon (TU) –6-1, 6-0
Meredith Laskey (AF) def. Ashley Debauge (TU) –6-3, 6-0
Meredith Jones (AF) def. Mary Kaffen (TU) –6-3, 6-1
Ashleigh Harvey (AF) def. Zoe Kaffen (TU) –6-0, 6-2
Carley Hatcliff (AF) def. Francesca Canjar (TU) –6-1, 6-3
FINAL: AIR FORCE 7, TRINITY 0