Falcons Host CSU and Wyoming This Weekend
Senior Tahlia Smoke will play her final matches at the Academy this weekend

April 19, 2012

vs. Colorado State
April 20, 4 p.m.
USAFA, Colo.
vs. Wyoming
April 21, 2 p.m.
USAFA, Colo.

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The Air Force women’s tennis team hosts Colorado State (April 20) and Wyoming (April 21) in the final regular season matches. The Falcons are in search of their third Mountain West win, which would be the most conference wins in one season since moving to Division I in 1996.
Air Force head coach Kim Gidley is in her 14th 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 against South Dakota State and has a 181-193 career record.
The Falcons won their second Mountain West match of the season last Saturday, defeating league newcomer Boise State, 5-2, at the Appleton Tennis Center in Boise, Idaho.
After losing the No. 1 doubles match, 8-1, Air Force’s No. 3 team of junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran posted an 8-3 victory over Kaitlyn Brown and Sonia Klamczynska, 8-3, setting up the deciding match at No. 2. AFA’s duo of junior Hannah Dake and freshman Natasha Rizvi gave away a match point at 7-4 to Boise State’s team of Sandy Vo and Morgan Basil and lost four straight games to trail 8-7, but rebounded and sent the match to a tiebreak, which the Falcon team won 7-4 to grab the doubles point.
The Falcons used that momentum in singles play as Rizvi blanked Brown at the No. 6 spot, 6-0, 6-0 for a 2-0 lead. Cecil lost the No. 1 match by the same score, but Dake put Air Force up 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Manuela Pietzuch at the No. 5 spot.
Vo kept the Broncos alive, rallying for a 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Smoke at the No. 3 position, then Molina clinched the match for Air Force with a come-from-behind 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 over Marlena Pietzuch. Tran rounded out the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Basil at the No. 4 spot.
Senior Tahlia Smoke will be honored in a pre-match ceremony prior to Saturday’s match.
Air Force travels to San Diego for the 2012 Mountain West Championships beginning on Thursday, April 26.



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