Falcons Edge New Mexico State, 4-3

March 9, 2012

The Air Force men's tennis team snapped a five-match losing streak with an impressive 4-3 win over New Mexico State Thursday afternoon in Las Cruces, N.M. The Falcons, who won the last two singles matches to clinch the win, improved to 6-6, while the Aggies fell to 4-6.

The Aggies took a 1-0 lead after sweeping the three doubles matches. They won the Nos. 1 and 3 matches, 8-6, and the No. 2 match 8-3.

The Falcons stormed back to win four of the singles contests. After sophomore Andy Jackson lost the No. 3 match 6-3, 7-5 to Marc Westgate, fellow sophomore Alex Grubbs gave Air Force its first point with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Germain Degardin at the No. 4 spot.

Luis Ramirez downed AFA freshman Landon Kinsey, 7-6, 7-6, to give the Aggies a 3-1 lead. Sophomore Alex Lineberry started the comeback with a 7-6, 6-3 over Patrick Pfister at No. 5 and junior Lance Wilhelm pulled out an impressive 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Matej Stakne, who is currently ranked 15th in the Mountain Region, setting up the deciding match at No. 6. Air Force sophomore Steven Young, who had not won a dual match this season, clinched the match for the Falcons with a 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 win over Felipe Frattini.

"This is our sixth match this year that's been decided by one point and we played today like we've been there before," said Air Force coach Dan Oosterhous. "In the big moments, our team stayed calm and trusted in the hard work they've put in this year."

The Falcons play Mountain West foe New Mexico on Friday, March 9 at 5 p.m.

Air Force 4, New Mexico State 3
March 8, 2012 at Las Cruces, N.M.
(NM State Tennis Complex)

No. 1: Lance Wilhelm (USAFA) def. Matej Stakne (NMSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
No. 2: Luis Ramirez (NMSU) def. Landon Kinsey (USAFA), 7-6, 7-6
No. 3: Marc Westgate (NMSU) def. Andy Jackson (USAFA), 6-3, 7-5
No. 4: Alex Grubbs (USAFA) def. Germain Degardin (NMSU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5: Alex Lineberry (USAFA) def. Patrick Pfister (NMSU), 7-6, 6-3
No. 6: Steven Young (USAFA) def. Felipe Frattini (NMSU), 6-1, 1-6, 7-6
Order of finish: 3, 4, 2, 5, 1, 6

No. 1: Stakne/Ramirez (NMSU) def. Wilhelm/Grant Taylor (USAFA), 8-6
No. 2: Westgate/Frattini (NMSU) def. Jackson/Grubbs (USAFA), 8-3
No. 3: Degardin/Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU) def. Kinsey/Joey Brandt (USAFA), 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3