Gideon Cup Stays At AFA With 5-2 Victory Over Army
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- For the seventh time in 11 years and second year in a row, the Air Force Academy's women's tennis team captured the prestigious Gideon Cup by defeating service academy Army, 5-2, Sunday in West Point.
The victory marked the first time since 1991 that either team has won the Cup in consecutive years, and it was the Academy's first win at West Point since the battle for the Cup began in 1990.
The Gideon Cup is awarded annually to the winner of the Air Force-Army tennis match in the fall. The Cup is named in honor of Lt. Gen. F.C. Gideon, who graduated from West Point in 1940 and was commissioned in the infantry in 1941. He then became an officer in the Army Air Corps. He served the remainder of his illustrious career as an Air Force officer highlighted by commanding the 13th Air Force. The inaugural Cup match in 1990 marked the 50th anniversary of Gideon's graduation from West Point.
"This is our biggest match in the fall, if not the biggest match of the year," Air Force head coach Kim Gidley said. "It was an awesome feeling to beat Army anytime. It's an incredible feeling to beat them at their home place."
The Falcons dominated singles play against Army, winning five of six matches after losing the doubles point by dropping two of three matches. "We had the momentum at No. 1 and 2 doubles, but did not keep it on our side. We got tight and played not to lose instead of playing to win." Gidley said. Senior Kristel Chuntraruk paired with freshman Gina Black to win the No. 3 doubles match, 8-3.
Junior Brooke Parsons led the onslaught with a decisive 6-0, 6-1 victory over Annie Weber at No. 1 singles. Chuntraruk and freshman Laura Nigro followed suit with straight set wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, respectively. Sophomore Kelli O'Bryant had the most exciting singles match of the day, saving three set points in the first set and winning at No. 5 in three sets, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6.
Air Force 5, Army 2