Air Force ends season with 4-1 loss to CSU at MWC Championships
April 30, 2004
The Air Force women's tennis team was eliminated from the 2004 Mountain West Conference Women's Tennis Championships Friday, falling to Colorado State, 4-1, in the consolation round. The Falcons, who were seeded eighth entering the tournament, finish the campaign with a 13-14 record.
Air Force took an early 1-0 lead by capturing the doubles point. Seniors Laura Nigro and Gina Black won at the No. 1 position, defeating Dasha Zhurin and Emily Kirchem, 8-6. The All-MWC duo finished the season with a 19-11 overall record and a 14-7 mark at No. 1 doubles. Nigro completed her career with 91 career doubles victories and Black recorded 81 in her four years at Air Force. Air Force also won the No. 2 match as sophomore Kat Bushey and freshman Karissas Walker defeated Carla Pallares and Jasmin Singh, 8-6. CSU's Tatyana Ugorich and Alexandra Paganetti won the No. 3 match, 8-2, over junior Miclynn Crail and freshman Liza Vaccaro
The momentum did not carry over to singles play for the Falcons, however. Colorado State captured the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 matches, all in straight sets. Pallares beat Walker, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3, while Charity Malone knocked off Black, 6-3, 6-0, at the No. 4 spot. Jessica Jones defeated Kelly Morgan, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 6 position and Ugorich clinched the match for the Rams with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over AFA's Katie Tomkie at No. 5.
The Nos. 1 and 2 singles matches were halted when CSU wrapped up the team match.
Colorado State 4, Air Force 1