Three Falcons Advance at Mountain Region Championships
Freshman Lily Forlini saved a match point before advancing to the third round in singles

Oct. 10, 2013

Air Force juniors Natasha Rizvi and Marcelli Magday advanced to the doubles round of 16 at the ITA Mountain Region Women's Tennis Championships Thursday in Las Vegas, Nev. Magday and freshman Lily Forlini also won in singles on Thursday and will play in the round of 32 on Friday.

Rizvi and Magday captured an 8-5 victory over Ashley Mackey and Maddy Murray of the University of Montana and will face the top-seeded team of Paige Miles and Michaela Berkova from Utah, the 18th-ranked team in the country, on Friday.

In AFA's other second-round doubles match on Thursday, junior Tiffany Tran and freshman Jocelle Rudico fell to the New Mexico team of Michaela Bezdickova and Lizette Blankers, 8-2.

In singles, Magday defeated Sarah Maria Spruch of Northern Arizona, 6-3, 6-2, in the round of 64, while Forlini rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the second set and 3-0 down in the third set to beat Mia Brandt of New Mexico State, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5. Forlini saved a match point in the third set during the three and a half hour marathon.

"For the sixth time this season one of our players saved a match point to come back and win," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "This was the second day in a row that Lily (Forlini) had a dog fight and came back to win. I have said this group is special before and they prove it every time they step on the court."

2013 ITA Mountain Region Championships
Thursday, Oct. 10
Air Force Results



Singles - Second Round
Marcelli Magday (AF) def. Sarah Maria Spruch (NAU) 6-3, 6-2
Lily Forlini (AF) def. Mia Brandt (NMSU) 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
Ashley Tiefel (CU) def. Jocelle Rudico (AF) 6-3, 6-3
#62 Tereza Berkova (UU) def. Natasha Rizvi (AF) 6-3, 6-4
Precious Gbadamosi (UM) def. Tasha Hueffner (AF) 7-5, 6-2
Caroline Schnell (DU) def. Tracy Landram (AF) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles - Second Round
Marcelli Magday / Natasha Rizvi (AF) def. Ashley Mackey / Maddy Murray (UM) 8-5
Michaela Bezdickova / Lizette Blankers (UNM) def. Tiffany Tran / Jocelle Rudico (AF) 8-2


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