Air Force Blanks Colorado State To Open 2015 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The eighth-seeded Air Force women’s tennis team took a quick 4-0 victory over No. 9 Colorado State Rams to open the 2015 Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium and hosted by the University of New Mexico.

The Falcons advance to Friday’s quarterfinal round and will face No. 1 seed and defending tournament champion Fresno State at Noon, MT. The victory marks the first main draw win for the Falcons in their Mountain West tournament history.                 

Air Force picked up wins in order at No. 4 singles (Tracy Landrum 6-2, 6-3 over Aina Hernandez-Soler), No. 3 singles (Chloe Forlini 6-4, 6-1 over Laia Hernandez-Soler) and No. 6 singles (Jocelle Rudico 6-2, 6-3 over Maddie Buxton). 

“We knew Colorado State would be tough,” said Air Force Head Coach Kim Gidley. “We split sets in five of the matches last time. You have to be ready for everyone in this conference. I thought our number one doubles set the momentum getting up 3-0. In singles to have those three sets right off the bat, when you have the doubles point, it gives you great confidence.”

Forlini picked up three breaks to take her second set after an opening set that was close the whole way through. That win gave Air Force a 3-0 lead, with the Falcons holding big leads on courts six and one. Rudico then served out the match for the 4-0 win. All matches in the tournament are stopped once a team has clinched the victory with four points.    

Air Force picked up the doubles point with a 6-2 win in No. 3 doubles and a 6-4 win in at No. 2 doubles. In that match, the team of Forlini/Meyers scored a big break of serve at 4-4 and then served out the doubles point clincher at 40-all.

The win pushed Air Force’s record to 18-8, the most wins of any team in the Conference. Colorado State ends its season at 8-12.

Notes: Every match of the Mountain West Tennis Championships is available on the Mountain West Network, powered by Campus Insiders. Download the Mountain West app to your phone or tablet to catch all the action … both teams in the match featured twins. Colorado State had Laia and Aina Hernandez-Soler and Air Force had Lily and Chloe Forlini.