Falcons Impressive on Day One of USAFA Invitational
Oct. 2, 2009
The Air Force women's tennis team went 4-1 in doubles and advanced three players to the semifinals of their singles flights Friday on day one of the 2009 USAFA Invitational at the Academy. The tournament continues on Saturday with two rounds of doubles and one round of singles. Play begins at 9 a.m. on AFA's outdoor courts.
Air Force opened the day by winning four of five doubles matches. Sophomore Allie Chermel and freshman Hannah Dake won their first-round match in the top doubles flight, 8-3, over Sophia Bergner and Christin Thompson of Denver. Three Falcon teams won in the #3 flight, including a pair that rallied from early deficits. Juniors Katrina Eromin and Sarah Cassman came back from 4-0 down to beat Manumea Durie and Elaine Bourdages of New Mexico, 8-6, while senior Erlyn Rudico and freshman Christine Molina trailed Mahdi Besovic and Molly M'Devitt of Oregon, 4-1, before winning seven of the final eight games for an 8-5 victory.
In singles play, freshman Melissa Cecil won two matches to advance to the semifinals of the #2 flight. She won a thrilling three-set match, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4 over Christin Thompson of Denver in the first round, then beat Tori Arneson of Colorado State, 7-5, 6-0 in the second round. She will face Colorado's Abbie Probert in the semis. Cassman and Dake each won her quarterfinal match and will play in the semis on Saturday. Cassman received a first-round bye, then beat Melissa Holzinger of Colorado State, 6-3, 6-1 in flight #4, while Dake downed Amy Shipperd of New Mexico by the same score in the flight #6 quarters.
In one of the best matches of the day, Eromin took nearly three hours and saved three match points in defeating Aniko Kiss of Illinois State, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(4), in the first round of the top flight. However, Eromin dropped her second-round match to Evgenia Kryuchkova of Utah, 6-3, 6-2.
"We played really well today," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "Everyone came back and fought hard, either winning her match after being down or having a closer second set. Our fight today was awesome."