Falcons Travel to Boise for Pair of Weekend Matches
April 5, 2012
vs. Boise StateApril 7, 2012, 10:30 a.m.Boise, Idaho vs. Weber StateApril 8, 2012, 10 a.m.Boise, Idaho THIS WEEKAir Force travels to Boise, Idaho this weekend for a pair of matches. The Falcons will play Mountain West newcomer Boise State on Saturday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m., then battle Weber State in a non-conference match on Sunday, April 8 beginning at 10 a.m. AIR FORCE HEAD COACH DAN OOSTERHOUSAir Force head coach Dan Oosterhous is in his third 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 a 10-14 record last season and has a 28-36 career mark. Last season, he coached the Falcons to a 6-1 victory over service-academy rival Army and Lance Wilhelm and Andy Jackson to a No. 7 doubles ranking in the Mountain Region. Wilhelm is currently ranked 17th in the Mountain Region in singles. LAST TIME OUTThe Falcons dropped its second close Mountain West match of the season on March 25, falling to No. 55 San Diego State, 4-3, at the Lifetime Fitness Center in Colorado Springs.The Aztecs picked up the doubles point after earning victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots. Sophomores Alex Grubbs and Andy Jackson improved to 2-1 in Mountain West action with an 8-3 victory at the No. 2 spot over Thorsten Bertsch and Derek Siddiqui. SDSU’s No. 3 team then won 8-6, setting up the No. 1 match as the deciding match. Javier Pulgar and Hunter Nicholas defeated Air Force junior Lance Wilhelm and freshman Grant Taylor, 9-8, taking the tiebreaker 7-5.The Falcons played well in singles as well, but could not quite win the four matches necessary to clinch the match. Wilhelm posted his second Mountain West win in three tries and his first victory against a nationally-ranked opponent this season with an impressive, 6-4, 7-6 (7) win over 96th-ranked Pulgar. Sophomore Alex Grubbs (#2) and freshman Grant Taylor (#5) each won in three sets. UP NEXTAir Force travels to Arlington, Texas for a pair of non-conference matches against Lamar University (April 13) and UT-Arlington (April 14), then AFA takes on TCU on April 15 in Fort Worth, Texas.