Air Force senior Chloe Forlini earned the ITA Mountain Region Most Improved Player Award for 2016-17. Forlini is the first Falcon to earn two awards from the ITA in one season and this season marks the first that Air Force has earned three awards in one season from the organization.
Forlini became the winningest player in school history this season, posting 198 career combined wins to surpass the record of 170 set by Natasha Rizvi from 2011-15. She is No. 1 in school history in career singles wins with 108. She surpassed the record 88 set by Sarah Cassman from 2007-11. Forlini ended her career with a 108-41 singles record and a 90-46 doubles mark. She was 32-12 overall in singles this season and is the first player in school history to post two 30-win seasons. She had a then-school-record 33 singles wins in 2015. Off the court, she served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee chairman this year and is headed to medical school at the University of Maryland following graduation.
Forlini also earned the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award while fellow senior Jocelle Rudico earned the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship earlier this season.
Air Force finished the season 20-10 overall and was the seventh seed in the Mountain West championships. The Falcons beat No. 10 Colorado State and No. 2 Fresno State to advance to the conference semifi nals for the first time in school history. The team’s 20 wins set a new school record for the Division I era and are the third-most ever in school history.