Falcons Down Colorado State, 6-1
Melissa Cecil captured her first MW singles win of the season Friday

April 20, 2012

The Air Force women's tennis team won its second straight Mountain West match Friday, downing Colorado State 6-1 at the Academy. With the victory, Air Force improved to 17-6 overall and 3-3 in the Mountain West, setting a new school record for most conference wins in one season since moving to Division I in 1996. CSU, meanwhile, fell to 5-15 overall and 0-7 in league play.

The Falcons, who also posted the most overall wins in one season since 1999, jumped out to a 1-0 lead by sweeping the three doubles matches. Senior Tahlia Smoke and junior Melissa Cecil improved to 13-7 at the No. 1 spot with an 8-5 victory over Tori Arneson and Kaley Schultz. Junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran clinched the point and moved to 15-5 at the No. 3 spot with an 8-5 victory over Adriana and Veronika Wojakowska, while junior Hannah Dake and freshman Natasha Rizvi won the No. 2 match 8-6 over Emese Kardhordo and Lauren Mulhern.

The Falcons used that momentum in singles play as Rizvi topped Veronika Wojakowska at the No. 6 spot, 6-0, 6-1 for a 2-0 lead. Molina lost the No. 2 match to Natalie Heffron, 6-3, 6-1, but Air Force took the final four matches, beginning with Tran, who beat Mulhern 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 for a 3-1 lead.

Dake clinched the match for AFA with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Kardhordo at No. 5 and Cecil snapped a six-match losing streak at the top spot and won her first league match of the season by defeating Arneson, 6-0, 7-6(3). Smoke closed out the match by rallying from a set down to beat Schultz, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(8) at the No. 3 position.

"It was nice to play at home, but even nicer to have the team come through with a Mountain West win," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "Sweeping all three doubles gave us a lot of confidence going into the singles. Colorado State is a solid team and all the singles matches were very tough match-ups for us. I was really pleased with the energy and fight of all our players."



Air Force closes out its regular season on Saturday, April 2 against 60th-ranked Wyoming at the Academy beginning at 2 p.m.

Air Force 6, Colorado State 1
April 20, 2012
USAFA, Colo.

1. Cecil / Smoke (AF) def. Arneson / Schultz, 8-5
2. Dake / Rizvi (AF) def. Kardhordo / Mulhern, 8-6
3. Tran / Molina (AF) def. Adriana Wojakowska / V. Wojakowska, 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

1. Melissa Cecil (AF) def. Tori Arneson, 6-0, 7-6(3)
2. Natalie Heffron (CSU) def. Christine Molina, 6-3, 6-1
3. Tahlia Smoke (AF) def. Kaley Schultz, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(8)
4. Tiffany Tran (AF) def. Lauren Mulhern, 6-3, 6-3
5. Hannah Dake (AF) def. Emese Kardhordo, 6-4, 6-4
6. Natasha Rizvi (AF) def. Veronika Wojakowska, 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 4, 5, 1, 3

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