Falcons Head to West Point for Four Matches
ScheduleFriday, Feb. 18 vs. Fordham, 6 p.m. ET (West Point, NY)Saturday, Feb. 19 vs. Army, 1 p.m. ET (West Point, NY)Sunday, Feb. 20 vs. Binghamton, 8:30 a.m. ET (West Point, NY)Sunday, Feb. 20 vs. Connecticut, 3 p.m. ET (West Point, NY) Recent ResultsAir Force (2-2) lost to UTEP, 6-1 and defeated Lamar, 4-3 Fordham (7-1) defeated St. Bonaventure, 7-0 Army (5-2) defeated Stony Brook, 7-0Binghamton (2-3) lost to St. John's, 7-0 Connecticut (0-1) lost to DePaul, 7-0
Head CoachAir Force is coached by Kim Gidley (Southern Illinois, 1989), who is in her sixth season with the Falcons. Gidley has a career record of 92-76. She is the winningest coach in the history of the program.
Top PlayersAir Force is led by junior Kat Bushey. She is 8-7 overall and 3-1 in dual matches at the No. 1 position. Bushey teams with sophomore Karissa Walker to form the Falcons' top doubles team. They are 7-8 overall and 2-2 in dual matches this season.
Gideon Cup Battle This WeekendAir Force and Army will battle this weekend for the 15th time for the prestigious Gideon Cup. Air Force has won the cup the last five years and 10 of the 14 years overall. The Lt. Gen. F.C. Gideon Tennis Cup is awarded annually to the winner of the Air Force-Army women's tennis match during the season. 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. The trophy's first year marked the 50th anniversary of Gideon's graduation from West Point.
Gideon Cup ResultsYear Site Winner Score1990-91 West Point Air Force 8-11991-92 USAFA Air Force 7-21992-93 West Point Army 5-41993-94 USAFA Air Force 5-41994-95 West Point Army 9-01995-96 USAFA Air Force 4-31996-97 West Point Army 5-41997-98 USAFA Air Force 5-41998-99 West Point Army 6-31999-00 USAFA Air Force 7-22000-01 West Point Air Force 5-22001-02 USAFA Air Force 6-12002-03 West Point Air Force 4-32003-04 USAFA Air Force 4-3
Trophy TitlesAir Force -- 10Army -- 4
Last Year vs. Army Air Force 4, Army 3 Feb. 15, 2004 -- USAFA, Colo.
The Air Force women's tennis team captured its fifth consecutive Gideon Cup with a dramatic 4-3 victory over Army at the Academy's Indoor Courts. The Falcons dropped the doubles point as Army won at No. 2 and 3, but Air Force won four of the singles matches to clinch the team match. Air Force needed four singles wins to retain the Cup and Kat Bushey and Karissa Walker provided easy victories at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, to take a 2-1 team lead. Army responded with Ali del Moral handing Gina Black her first loss to Army in her career, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3, while Melanie Bundoc took care of Katie Tomkie, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 5 spot to give Army a 3-2 advantage. Needing to win at both No. 1 and No. 6 singles, the Falcons looked like they were in trouble as Army won the first set in each match. Marissa Limsiaco won the first set in a tiebreak over Laura Nigro at No. 1, but Nigro came back to win the next two sets, 6-3, 6-4. The No. 6 singles match would determine the outcome. Kellie Crail, a freshman from Waipahu, Hawaii, dropped the first set to Pam Chavez, 6-3, but came back to win the match, 6-3, 6-2 and give the Falcons a hard-fought victory.
Singles1. Laura Nigro (AFA) def. Marissa Limsiaco, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 2. Kat Bushey (AFA) def. Megan Noble, 6-0, 6-03. Ali del Moral (Army) def. Gina Black, 6-3, 6-3 4. Karissa Walker (AFA) def. Amanda Paluch, 6-1, 6-2 5. Melanie Bundoc (Army) def. Katie Tomkie, 6-2, 6-3 6. Kellie Crail (AFA) def. Pam Chavez, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Doubles1. Nigro/Black (AFA) def. Limsiaco/del Moral, 8-52. Bundoc/Noble (Army) def. Bushey/Walker, 8-23. Chavez/Paluch (Army) def. Crail/Tomkie, 8-0