Feb. 28, 2013
vs. University of Houston
March 1, 2013, 2 p.m.
The Air Force women’s tennis team hosts the University of Houston on Friday, March 1 at 2 p.m. The Falcons are 7-4 while the Cougars are 8-3 and have a five-match winning streak.
AIR FORCE HEAD COACH Kim Gidley
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 191-199 career record.
The Falcons won three matches at home last weekend, defeating CSU-Pueblo (7-0), Northern Arizona (4-3) and Metro State (7-0).
Air Force swept all nine matches against the two Division II foes, CSU-Pueblo and Metro State. Sandwiched in between those two matches was an exciting 4-3 victory over Northern Arizona.
The Falcons opened the match against NAU by winning the doubles point with victories at the top two spots. Senior Christine Molina and sophomore Natasha Rizvi got things rolling with an 8-1 victory over Ghizelene Doballah and Nicole Perez at the No. 2 spot. Seniors Melissa Cecil and Hannah Dake clinched the point with an 8-4 triumph over Johanna Vang and Hannah Stone at the No. 1 position.
In singles action, Molina and Tran gave Air Force a 3-0 lead with straight-set wins at the top two spots. Molina defeated Stone, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 while sophomore Tiffany Tran downed Doballah, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2. Vang kept NAU alive by defeating Dake at the No. 3 spot, 6-7, 6-0, 6-2, but Rizvi clinched the match for the Falcons with a come from behind 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Malia Wahinepio at No. 4. NAU won the last two singles matches.
Air Force hosts the Montana State on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m., then travels to Fort Collins for the first Mountain West match of the season against Colorado State on Saturday, March 9 at 5 p.m.