Falcons Finally Finish Day One of USAFA Invitational
Freshman Mary Meyers

Oct. 5, 2012

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The Air Force women's tennis team battled horrible weather conditions all day but finally completed the first day of the 2012 USAFA Invitational Friday. With just enough rain falling overnight, the 14-team tournament began on AFA's four indoor courts with some players able to play outside for a short time during the middle of the day.

Sophomore Tiffany Tran and freshman Mary Meyers each posted a 3-0 record on Friday, combining for a 2-0 doubles mark and each winning a singles match. They started the day with an 8-0 victory over Maddison Henning and Taylor Schumacher in the "Charlie" flight, then downed Ffion Davies and Tracy Haws-Lay of South Dakota, 8-6. Tran and Meyers will play Charlotte Koning and Liza Leenknecht of Washington State in the semis on Saturday morning.

Seniors Melissa Cecil and Hannah Dake also won two doubles matches on Friday, advancing to the semis of the top "Alpha" flight. They beat Brooke Henry and Jenny Blackburne of South Dakota State, 8-4, and Elizabeth Tapia and Stephanie Catlin of Northern Colorado, 8-6, to improve to 9-1 this fall. Cecil and Dake will face the Colorado team of Julyette Steur and Mazy Watrous on Saturday.

In singles, Meyers defeated Haws-Lay, 7-6, 6-4, after being down 4-1 in the second set to advance to the semis of the "Foxtrot" flight, while Tran beat Florencia Magni of South Dakota State, 6-1, 6-3, in the first round of the top flight. Meanwhile, junior Anastasia Hueffner and Marcelli Magday each posted a straight-set win in the "Golf" flight.

"This was a tough first day of our tournament, especially with the weather," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "I was proud of the way our team responded to the adverse conditions. We showed a lot of discipline and fight in several matches."

The tournament resumes on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.



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