Falcons Host Wichita State, NAU This Weekend
Feb. 19, 2013
vs. Wichita State
Feb. 22, 2013, 4 p.m.
vs. Northern Arizona
Feb. 23, 2013, 4 p.m.
The Air Force men's tennis team hosts tswo matches at the Academy this weekend, beginnning on Friday, Feb. 22 against the Wichita State Shockers at 4 p.m. The Falcons will then battle the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.
Air Force won its third straight match in dramatic fashion last Saturday, defeating UMKC 4-3 at the Kansas City Country Club. With the victory, Air Force improved to 6-4 this season.
Air Force lost the doubles point to UMKC, defending champion of the Summit League, but rebounded to win four singles matches. Lance Wilhelm and Grant Taylor won the No. 1 doubles match, defeating Grant Fleming and Tomas Patino, 8-2. The Kangaroos then won the No. 2 match and clinched the point with a dramatic 8-7 win at the No. 3 spot.
In singles, Steven Young evened the match with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Danill Ivanov at the No. 4 spot, then UMKC retook the lead as Patino beat Taylor, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 2. Wilhelm then downed Nino Hasandedic, 6-4, 7-6(7), to improve to 8-1 at the top spot.
Alex Grubbs won the No. 5 match, 6-4, 6-2 over Tim Akhmedov, to give the Falcons a 3-2 lead, setting up a couple of three-setters to close the match. Fleming beat Landon Kinsey, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 to make it 3-all, then freshman Andrew Parks clinched the match for Air Force with a come from behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 6 over Conner Edwards.
WILHELM EARNS FIRST NATIONAL RANKING
Air Force senior Lance Wilhelm received his first national ranking last week, entering the ITA Division I Men's Singles rankings at No. 85. In addition, Wilhelm was also the first Air Force men's tennis player to earn All-America status from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Wilhelm, from Gig Harbor, Wash., is the first Air Force men's player to receive a national singles ranking since Shannon Buck in 2006. He is 8-1 this spring and has already defeated two players that are ranked ahead of him this week.
AIR FORCE HEAD COACH DAN OOSTERHOUS
Air Force head coach Dan Oosterhous is in his fourth season as the men's tennis coach after being named the program's 12th head coach on October 1, 2009. Oosterhous, a 1993 graduate of the Academy, replaced legendary head coach Rich Gugat, who retired after 36 years at the helm of the men's tennis program. Oosterhous led the Falcons to an 11-13 record last season and has a 37-44 career mark.
Air Force hosts CSU-Pueblo on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.