Tennis Teams Ready For MWC Championships
April 25, 2001
The Air Force men's and women's tennis teams begin the 2001 Mountain West Conference Championships on Thursday, April 26. The men's tournament is in Salt Lake City, Utah, while the women will compete in Fort Collins, Colo.
AIR FORCE MEN
Air Force finished the 2000-01 regular season with a 16-10 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the MWC. The Falcons tied with Utah for fifth-place in the MWC, but the Utes defeated AFA, 5-2, to earn the fifth-seed. Air Force's only conference victory was a 4-2 decision over then 36th-ranked UNLV.
Sophomore Eric Pittman was the only Falcon to record 20 singles victories during the regular season. He posted a 21-13 overall record, and was 15-11 in dual matches at the No. 1 position. In the Falcons' win over UNLV, Pittman defeated Nenad Zivkovic, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, to clinch the team victory. Zivkovic was ranked 56th in the country at the time.
AIR FORCE WOMEN
Air Force finished the 2000-01 regular season with a 12-14 overall record and 1-6 mark in the MWC. The Falcons defeated Wyoming, 6-1, on March 31 for their only conference victory of the season.
Junior Brooke Parsons is one victory away from winning 20 singles matches for the third consecutive year. She sits at 19-18 entering the MWC Tournament. Freshman Laura Nigro posted an outstanding 21-15 overall singles record, and was 15-10 in dual matches. She played most of the season at the No. 3 position. Nigro also collected the best doubles record on the team this season at 17-14.