Women's Tennis to host New Mexico State
The Air Force women's tennis team takes a 4-2 record into a dual match this Thursday, Feb. 15, against New Mexico State University at the Cadet Gymnasium Indoor Courts beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The Falcons swept a pair of matches at home last Saturday, Feb. 10, defeating in-state rivals University of Denver, 5-2, and Southern Colorado, 6-1.
Air Force avenged a 5-4 loss to Denver last season with some strong play from several freshmen. Laura Nigro teamed with fellow freshman Gina Black to post a come from behind win at No. 3 doubles 8-6 and capture the doubles point for AFA. Denver won the No. 1 doubles match while the Falcons won at No. 2.
Nigro then won an exciting see-saw singles match at the No. 3 position against DU's Rossi Thomas. Thomas bolted to a 5-2 lead in the first set, only to have Nigro storm back and win the set 7-6. Thomas again got an early jump in the second set and cruised to win 6-0, and was up 3-1 in the third set before Nigro captured the last five games of the set to win 6-3. Junior Brooke Parsons also won in three sets, defeating Rita Kochloffelova 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 2 slot. Freshman June Lee and sophomore Kelli O'Bryant won at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively, to close out the match.
"To come from behind in the doubles and three singles matches shows the level of fight in this team," said Falcon head coach Kim Gidley. "It was a huge effort."
Earlier in the day, Air Force battled Division II Southern Colorado. The Falcons cruised through the three doubles matches, losing only five games. Parsons was the only singles casualty, losing to USC's Daniela Ivana at No. 1 singles, 7-6, 6-2. Air Force easily won the other five singles matches in straight sets.
After the New Mexico State match, the Falcons take to the road this weekend for a pair of matches in Daytona, Fla. Air Force will play Stetson University on Saturday, Feb. 17, and Bethune Cookman on Sunday, Feb. 18.