Falcons Down New Mexico, 6-1
March 25, 2012
The Air Force women's tennis team won eight of the nine matches Sunday as the Falcons defeated New Mexico, 6-1, at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex. With the victory, Air Force improved to 15-4 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain West, while the Lobos fell to 7-7 and 0-2 in league play.
The Falcons started off strong by winning all three doubles matches. Junior Hannah Dake and freshman Natasha Rizvi won for the ninth time in their last 10 matches with an 8-3 victory over Susanna Kuuttila and Michaela Oldani at the No. 2 position. Junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran then clinched the point with an 8-6 triumph over Alyssa Caffey and Nikolina Grbac at No. 3. Senior Tahlia Smoke and junior Melissa Cecil then snuck by Michaela Bezdickova and Maria Sablina, 9-8 (2), at the top spot.
Air Force continued its winning ways in singles play. After Bezdickova defeated Cecil, 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 1 spot, the Falcons reeled off five straight wins, three of them in straight sets. Tran (No. 3), Smoke (No. 4) and Dake (No. 5) all won in straight sets, while Molina defeated Kuuttila, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 at No. 2 and Rizvi rallied to beat Caffey, 1-6, 6-4, (10-8) at the No. 6 position.
The Falcons take a couple of weeks off before hosting UNLV on Saturday, April 7.
Air Force 6, New Mexico 1
1. Michaela Bezdickova (UNM) def. Melissa Cecil, 6-2, 6-0
2. Christine Molina (AF) def. Susanna Kuuttila, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
3. Tiffany Tran (AF) def. Maria Sablina, 6-4, 6-0
4. Tahlia Smoke (AF) def. Kristin Eggleston, 6-2, 6-3
5. Hannah Dake (AF) def. Michaela Oldani, 6-1, 6-2
6. Natasha Rizvi (AF) def. Alyssa Caffey, 1-6, 6-4, 1-0(8)
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 4, 3, 6, 2