Falcons Open Spring Season at Home This Weekend
Jan. 24, 2013
AIR FORCE HEAD COACH Kim Gidley
The fall campaign began with a bang as seniors Melissa Cecil and Hannah Dake won the top doubles flight at the Gopher Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. The duo won four straight matches, including an 8-3 victory over Klara Supejova and Marija Toncheva of Eastern Michigan, 8-3, in the final. In singles play, sophomore Tran finished third in the top flight after beating Morven McColloch of Iowa, 6-2, 6-1.
The Falcons then won a pair of dual matches at home, defeating Montana State-Billings and Texas- Permian Basin each by a resounding 7-0 score. Following those matches, Cecil and Dake traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to compete in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. The duo improved to 7-0 with a convincing 8-1 victory over Caroline Wegner and Kelly Gray of Memphis in prequalifying round of 32.
Unfortunately, their tournament ended in the next round when they fell to Elisha Gabb and Cierra Gaytan-Lewis of Missouri, 8-2.
Junior Tasha Hueffner won her singles flight with three straight victories, including wins over Tiffany Filipovich of South Dakota State, 6-3, 6-1 in the semis and Matti Sperry of Colorado, 6-1, 6-1, in the title match. In doubles, Tran and freshman Mary Meyers won their flight with a perfect 3-0 record. They defeated Charlotte Koning and Lize Leenknecht of Washington State, 8-5, in the semis, then downed Carla Manzi and Erin Sanders of Colorado by the same score in the finals.
In addition, Cecil and Dake finished second in the top doubles flight. They took an 8-3 decision from Julyette Steur and Mazy Watrous of Colorado in the semis, but fell in the finals to Nikki Sanders and Elizabeth Ullathorne of Texas Tech, 8-3.
Later that month, the Falcons competed at the ITA Mountain Region Championships in Las Vegas. Cecil and Dake fell in the second round of the doubles draw, as did senior Christine Molina and sophomore Natasha Rizvi.
The fall season concluded at the Panther Invitational, hosted by Florida International University, in Miami, Fla. Cecil and Dake captured their second doubles title of the fall season by defeating teammates Christine Molina and Natasha Rizvi, 8-3, in the finals of the top doubles flight.
Cecil and Dake advanced to the finals with an exciting 9-8 victory over Margarita Sadovnikova and Marta Burek of Youngstown State Saturday morning in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Molina and Rizvi won their semifinal match, 8-3, over Paola Rodriguez and Courtney Ernest of Ball State.
In singles play, Rizvi captured the #3 draw title with a come from behind 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Akemi Maehama of Barry University, while Meyers downed teammate Marcelli Magday to win the #4 draw.