Falcons Host Three Matches This Weekend
Senior Melissa Cecil

Feb. 19, 2013

vs. CSU-Pueblo
Feb. 22, 2013, 9 a.m.
USAFA, Colo.

vs. NAU
Feb. 23, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
USAFA, Colo.

vs. Metro State
Feb. 23, 2013, 1 p.m.
USAFA, Colo.

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 The Air Force women’s tennis team hosts three matches this weekend. The Falcons will face CSU-Pueblo at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, then Northern Arizona (8:30 a.m.) and Metro State (1 p.m.) on Saturday, Feb. 23.

 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 188-199 career record. 
 The Falcons lost to SMU, 6-1, and Texas-Arlington, 4-3, last weekend in Texas. 
 SMU started with the doubles point by winning at the No. 1 and 3 spots. Senior Christine Molina and sophomore Natasha Rizvi won the No. 2 match, 8-1, over Edyta Cieplucha and Elena Fayner. In singles, SMU won four singles matches in straight sets. Air Force sophomore Tiffany Tran extended the No. 3 match with Vaszilisza Bulgakova to three sets before falling, 6-2, 6-7, 10-8. Freshman Mary Meyers rallied to win the No. 6 singles match, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6.
 UTA opened the match by winning the doubles point with victories at the top two spots. AFA’s No. 3 team of Tran and Marcelli Magday defeated Katar Dikosavljevic and Christine Foote, 8-4.  In singles, the teams split the six matches with three going three sets. Dikosavljevic gave UTA a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Tran at No. 2 and Giada D’Ortona followed suit at the No. 4 spot with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Rizvi at No. 4. Senior Hannah Dake started a furious Falcon rally with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Verena Scott and the No. 3 position and freshman Mary Meyers cut the UTA lead to 3-2 with a come from behind 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Liucija Smaizyta. Molina evened the match with an exciting 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 victory at the No. 1 spot over Brook Dennis, but UTA’s Elizabeth Thoms clinched the victory with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 victory over Melissa Cecil.

 Air Force hosts the Univeristy of Houston on Friday, March 1 at 3 p.m.



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