39th-Ranked Utah Downs Air Force, 6-1
April 9, 2010
The Air Force women's tennis team won one singles and one doubles match Friday, but dropped a 6-1 decision to 39th-ranked Utah Friday afternoon at the Academy. Freshman Christine Molina was a part of both Air Force wins, capturing the No. 4 singles match and pairing with sophomore Allie Chermel to win the No. 2 doubles contest. Air Force fell to 14-8 overall and 1-3 in Mountain West Conference action, while the Utes improved to 12-6 and 4-0.
The Utes took an early1-0 lead by with wins at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots. At the top spot, Anastasia Putilina and Paige Miles posted an 8-2 triumph over Christen Monreal and Hannah Dake, while Evgenia Kryuchkova and Lisa Johnson won 8-3 over Melissa Cecil and Erlyn Rudico at No. 3. Molina and Chermel were impressive in an 8-4 victory over Erin Monson and Andrea Maughan at No. 2.
Cassman improved to 25-12 overall and 16-6 this spring with a come-from-behind 2-6, 6-4, (10-7) victory over Miles, but the Utes won the other five matches, four of them in straight sets. The only other three-setter was at the No. 6 spot, where Maughan rallied to defeat Air Force junior Sarah Cassman, 5-7, 6-3, (10-8).
"I am extremely pleased with our effort and fight today," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "We showed some progress in the doubles and the singles. Christine Molina came back from a set and 3-0 down in the second set to win in a tie-breaker and Sarah Cassman was down 4-1 and came back to win the first set, then was down 8-2 in the tie-breaker and came back only to lose 10-8."
Air Force takes a day off before hosting two matches on Sunday, April 11 against North Dakota at 8 a.m. and MWC foe Colorado State at 2 p.m.
#39 Utah 6, Air Force 1