THIS WEEK: The women’s tennis squad opens the spring slate with a pair of duals against Grand Canyon University and Southern Utah, on Jan. 13 and 14, respectively. The matches are hosted in Las Vegas and are slated to start at noon on both days.
LAST TIME THEY MET: In 2016, the Falcons topped GCU, 4-3, at USAFA. The Falcons and Thunderbirds were slated for action in March of 2016 but the match was cancelled. Prior to the 2016 cancellation, the teams last met in 2007 where Air Force blanked Southern Utah, 7-0, in Las Vegas.
COMING UP: The Falcons open their home slate against Metro State, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. Matches are slated for play in the indoor courts of Cadet Gymnasium, USAFA.
THE FALL IN REVIEW: The Falcons have posted eight consecutive winning seasons and their highest finish in the Mountain West Conference, last spring, making it to the semi-finals of the 11-team tournament before falling to the eventual champion.
A long and productive fall season saw TJ Fumagalli and Elizabeth Barnickel raise their national ranking to No. 52. Fumagalli became the only player in program history to be ranked in both singles and doubles following her national ranking earned in singles competition.
Freshmen Meredith Jones and Ashleigh Harvey displayed their winning potential after winning the No. 2 flight in doubles at Georgia State, and furthermore earned co-champion finishes in their respective singles flights of the same tournament.
Junior Meredith Laskey notched some great straight-set wins in competition at the No. 3 spot. Rounding out the lineup is senior Carley Hatcliff who is an athlete and a fierce competitor that brings energy to a talented team.
FROM THE COACH: “The experience gained in the fall was invaluable,” said head coach Kim Gidley. “Our Fall season proved that the team has talent and we can compete at the highest levels of Div. I competition.”
“It is exciting to start our spring season off at the same place the team finished last year,” continued Gidley. “This is a new team that wants to make their own legacy. They are going to be fun to watch as they continue to relentlessly compete at a high level.”