Falcons Finish Day One at Texas Tech Tourney
The Air Force women's tennis team began play at the Scarborough Specialties Open Friday in Lubbock, Texas. The tournament, hosted by Texas Tech University, consists of players from Air Force, Texas Tech, Texas State, UT-San Antonio, UTEP, North Texas and Abilene Christian.
Junior Kelly Morgan had the best results for the Falcons on Friday, winning both of her singles matches to advance to the finals of flight "D". She opened the day with a decisive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Natalie McLeod of Texas State, then beat Alison Tetrick of Abilene Christian, 6-2, 7-5, in the semifinals. She will face Vicky Michaud of UTEP in the finals on Saturday.
"Kelly played extremely smart and used the wind well today," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley.
The Falcons lost three matches that went to a 10-point third-set tiebreaker, including senior team captain Kat Bushey, who fell to North Texas' Ina Wieding, 7-6, 3-6, 10-1, in the first round of flight "A" action. Bushey rebounded to beat Sara Baker of Abilene Christian, 6-2, 6-0, to reach the consolation semis against Terri Wilkerson of UTEP.
Sophomores Lauren Wilson and Erika Shortridge also lost third-set tiebreaks and are in the consolation rounds of flight "B" and "C", respectively. Freshmen Christine Abayan, Meghan Kiser and Anastasia Kostrubala are also in consolation play on Saturday.
All four Falcon doubles teams lost on Friday and will compete in the consolation bracket on Saturday.
"We played really close and tight today, but just came up short overall," said Gidley. "However, everyone is getting much needed match play and tournament experience."