May 30, 2014
The Air Force women's tennis program honored the 2013-14 team at its annual banquet recently. Junior Natasha Rizvi was named the team's Most Valuable Player.
Rizvi, from Frisco, Texas, won at least 20 singles and 20 doubles matches for the second consecutive season in 2013-14. She led the team with 28 total doubles wins, the most by a Falcon in one season since Kat Bushey and Christine Abayan each had 29 in 2005-06. Rizvi also finished second on the squad with 23 singles wins and posted a team-high 17 dual match victories. She went 17-4 in duals, including an 11-2 record at the No. 3 position. Rizvi paired with fellow junior Marcelli Magday to win the doubles title at the Navy and CSU Northridge Tournaments.
Magday won the team's "Fighting Falcon" and "Iron Bolt" awards while sophomore Mary Meyers was named the Most Improved Player. Freshman Tracy Landram won the Outstanding Singles Award while Rizvi and Magday shared the Outstanding Doubles Award.
A new award this season is the "Sisterhood" Award, created in honor of 2014 graduate and team captain Anastasia Hueffner. The award recognizes a player who is a "program" changer at the Division I level and encompasses the complete player who has heart, fight and spirited leadership skills that take the team to new levels. The award will not be given out on a yearly basis, but only to those players who have made a significant impact to the team.
Air Force finished the season with a 17-9 record, its fifth consecutive winning season, the longest streak since moving to Division I in 1996.