April 26, 2012
Senior Tahlia Smoke and juniors Melissa Cecil and Christine Molina were named to the all-Mountain West women's tennis team Thursday night at the conference's banquet in San Diego, Calif. Molina was selected for singles, while Smoke and Cecil were selected as a doubles team. It is the most all-conference players in one season for Air Force since the Falcons moved to Division I in 1996.
Molina led the team with 24 overall singles victories and was 17-8 in dual matches, including a 14-7 mark at the No. 2 position. She went 3-4 against Mountain West opponents and had a team-high two wins against regionally-ranked foes.
Smoke and Cecil, meanwhile, were 23-13 in doubles this season and are the first Air Force doubles team to make an all-conference team since Laura Nigro and Gina Black in 2003. Smoke and Cecil were 13-9 at the No. 1 spot this spring and 3-4 against league opponents.
UNLV's Lucia Batta was named Player of the Year, while TCU's Stefanie Tan earned Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors.
The Falcons saw their season come to an end earlier Thursday with a 4-0 loss to Wyoming in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championships.