Falcons Play Two in Texas This Weekend
Sophomore Tiffany Tran

Feb. 15, 2013

vs. SMU
Feb. 16, 2013, 1 p.m.
Dallas, Texas

vs. UT-Arlington
Feb. 17, 2013, 11 a.m.
Arlington, Texas

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 The Air Force women’s tennis team travels to Texas for a couple of matches this weekend. The Falcons will face SMU at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 and the University of Texas-Arlington at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17.

 Air Force head coach Kim Gidley is in her 15th season at the helm of Air Force’s women’s tennis program. The first civilian head coach in the history of the program, Gidley became the winningest coach in the history of the program in 2003 with her 76th victory. She recorded her 100th career victory during the 2005-06 season and currently has a 188-197 career record.

 The Falcons lost their first two matches of the season a couple of weeks ago in Eugene, Ore. Air Force lost to Gonzaga, 6-1, and 69th-ranked Oregon, 7-0.  Against Gonzaga, the Bulldogs won the doubles point despite Air Force taking the No. 2 doubles match as senior Christine Molina and sophomore Natasha Rizvi defeated Samantha Polayes and Melanie Yates, 8-6. In singles play, senior Hannah Dake posted AFA’s lone victory, beating Kylie Peek 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot. Sophomore Tiffany Tran (No. 3) and senior Melissa Cecil (No. 5) each lost in a third-set super tiebreaker.
 Oregon won the doubles point against AFA with wins at the No. 2 and 3 matches. Julia Metzger and Pascale Neubert defeated Molina and Rizvi, 8-4, at No. 2 while Sofia Hager and Brooke Hughes won the No. 3 match 8-2 over junior Anastasia Hueffner and freshman Mary Meyers. In singles play, the Ducks won all six matches in straight sets. Rizvi put up the best fight for Air Force before losing 7-5, 6-4 to Lana Buttner at the at the No. 5 position.

 Air Force returns home for five consecutive matches at the Academy, beginning on Friday, Feb. 22 against CSU-Pueblo at 9 a.m.



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