Falcons defeat Army, 6-1, to capture Gideon Cup
Feb. 9, 2002
The Air Force Academy women's tennis team won the prestigious Gideon Cup for an unprecedented third consecutive season with a 6-1 victory over Army Saturday at the Cadet Gymnasium Indoor Courts.
The Falcons gained the doubles point by winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The duo of Brooke Parsons and Laura Nigro got things rolling with an 8-4 victory over Army's Annie Collier and Ali Rohr at the No. 1 position. AFA's Heather Shelby and Gina Black followed, suit, winning by the same score over Melissa Sentelle and Melanie Bundoc. The Black Knights captured the No. 3 match as Maelynn Bernosky and Marissa Limsiaco beat Kelli O'Bryant and Miclynn Crail, 8-2.
Parsons led the Falcons to five singles victories with a come from behind 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 decision over Collier at No. 1 singles. Shelby (No. 2), Nigro (No. 3), Black (No. 4) and Bryant (No. 5) recorded straight set victories for Air Force. Bernosky posted Army's lone singles win, defeating Kristen Jones, 6-3, 6-0, at the No. 6 slot.
The women's tennis equivalent of the Commander-in-Chief's trophy, the Lt. Gen. F.C. Gideon Tennis Cup is awarded annually to the winner of the Air Force-Army women's tennis match. The trophy is dedicated to preserving the good will and competitive spirit between the two academies.
Lt. Gen. Gideon graduated from West Point in 1940 and was commissioned in the infantry in 1941. He then became an officer in the Army Air Corp. He served the remainder of his illustrious career as an Air Force officer highlighted by commanding the 13th Air Force.
Air Force, which improves to 5-2 this season, returns to action next weekend with a match at the University of Denver on Saturday, Feb. 16 at noon.
Air Force 6, Army 1
1. Brooke Parsons (AFA) def. Annie Collier 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
1. Parsons/Nigro (AFA) def. Collier/Rohr 8-4