Women's Tennis Team Edges New Mexico State, 4-3
The Air Force Academy women's tennis team improved to 5-2 this season with a 4-3 victory Thursday, Feb. 15, over New Mexico State at the Cadet Gymnasium Indoor Courts.
The Falcons gained the doubles point when the No. 1 duo of senior Kristel Chuntraruk and junior Brooke Parsons pulled out a 9-8 victory over NMSU's Elke Blodau and Carol Blechschmidt. Chuntaruk and Parsons won the tiebreak 7-2. Air Force freshmen Laura Nigro and Gina Black combined to win the No. 3 doubles match 8-3.
The two teams split the six singles matches, and Black clinched the match for Air Force with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory over the Aggies' Patti Diaz at No. 6 singles. Nigro defeated Claire Hamilton 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 and freshman June Lee defeated Blechschmidt at No. 5 singles 7-5, 6-1.
Air Force takes to the road this weekend with matches in Daytona, Fla., against Stetson University on Saturday, Feb. 17 and the Bethune-Cookman on Sunday, Feb. 18.
Air Force 4, New Mexico State 3
Singles 1. Elke Blodau (NMSU) def. Brooke Parsons 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 2. Stella Veerman (NMSU) def. Kristel Chuntraruk 6-2, 6-2 3. Laura Nigro (AFA) def. Claire Hamilton 6-4, 6-4 4. Jenny Pettersson (NMSU) def. Heather Shelby 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 5. June Lee (AFA) def. Carol Blechschmidt 7-5, 6-1 6. Gina Black (AFA) def. Patti Diaz 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 Doubles 1. Parsons/Chuntraruk (AFA) def. Blodau/Blechschmidt 9-8 2. Pettersson/Hamilton (NMSU) def. Shelby/Kelli O'Bryant 8-3 3. Nigro/Black def. Veerman/Birget Stoeckel 8-3