Falcons Fall to Ball State and Army

Feb. 19, 2012

The Air Force men's tennis team dropped a pair of matches Sunday in Dayton, Ohio. The Falcons lost 6-1 to Ball State and 4-3 to service-academy rival Army. With the losses, Air Force fell to 5-4 this season.

The Falcons had lost five of the six singles matches to Ball State Saturday evening, then lost two of the three doubles matches Sunday morning. In the second match, Army won at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to win the doubles point. Air Force's No. 1 team of junior Lance Wilhelm and freshman Grant Taylor defeated Asika Isoh and Henry Jang-Milsten, 8-1.

In singles play, the teams split the six matches. Wilhelm won at the top spot, defeating Isoh, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, while freshman Landon Kinsey rallied to beat Alex Holland, 0-6, 6-2, 7-6(3) at No. 3 and Grubbs downed Jang-Milsten, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4.

Army won the Nos. 2 and 5 matches in straight sets and Rashad Shelton rallied to beat Air Force sophomore Steven Young, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the deciding No. 6 match.

"We fought hard, from the first point to the last but came up short today," said Air Force head coach Dan Oosterhous. "It was a great team match and our guys put everything they had into it."

The Falcons return home to face former Mountain West foe BYU on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.

Ball State 6, Air Force 1

Doubles
1. Albertin / Carpenter (BSU) def. Wilhelm / Grant Taylor, 8-6
2. Jackson / Grubbs (AF) def. Brym / Sansone, 8-1
3. Monroy / Elliott (BSU) def. Rizvi / Joey Brandt, 8-1

Singles
1. Dalton Albertin (BSU) def. Lance Wilhelm, 6-4, 6-4
2. Ray Leonard (BSU) def. Andy Jackson, 6-4, 6-1
3. Zane Smith (BSU) def. Landon Kinsey, 6-2, 6-1
4. Alex Grubbs (AF) def. Alexandre Brym, 6-0, 6-4
5. Austin Smith (BSU) def. Alex Lineberry, 6-3, 7-5
6. Patrick Elliott (BSU) def. Steven Young, 6-4, 7-5

Army 4, Air Force 3

Doubles
1. Wilhelm / Grant Taylor (AF) def. Isoh / Jang-Milsten, 8-1
2. Van Velzer / Sienko (ARMY) def. Jackson / Grubbs, 8-5
3. Rommel Holland / Verano (ARMY) def. Rizvi / Joey Brandt, 8-5

Singles
1. Lance Wilhelm (AF) def. Asika Isoh, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. Alex Van Velzer (ARMY) def. Andy Jackson, 6-2, 6-2
3. Landon Kinsey (AF) def. Alex Holland, 0-6, 6-2, 7-6(3)
4. Alex Grubbs (AF) def. Henry Jang-Milsten, 6-2, 6-4
5. Peter Sienko (ARMY) def. Alex Lineberry, 6-1, 6-2
6. Rashad Shelton (ARMY) def. Steven Young, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2