Falcons Host Mountain West Championships This Weekend
April 23, 2013
(7) Air Force vs. (2) Boise State
April 25, 2013, 2 p.m. | USAFA, Colo.
2013 Mountain West Championship Quarterfinals
2013 MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Air Force Acaemy will host the 2013 Mountain West Tennis Championships this weekend. The Air Force men's team opens play on Thursday, April 25 at 2 p.m. The Falcons, seeded seventh at the tournament, will play No. 2 seed Boise State in the quarterfinals.
LAST YEAR AT THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
The Falcons lost to 66th-ranked New Mexico, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Mountain West Championships in San Diego, Calif.
TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN TOUGH LATELY
The Falcons have lost eight consecutive matches at the Mountain West Championships, dating back to a 5-2 victory over New Mexico on April 28, 2005. In fact, Air Force has not recorded a team point at the tournament since that victory.
LAST TIME OUT
The Falcons split a pair of matches at home last week, defeating Utah State 4-0 and losing to 63rd-ranked New Mexico 6-1. Air Force enters the Mountain West Championships with an 11-12 overall record and finished 0-6 in league play this season.
The Falcons won the doubles point in each match, winning five of the six doubles matches. Senior Lance Wilhelm (No. 1), sophomore Grant Taylor (No. 3) and junior Alex Grubbs (No. 4) each won his singles match against Utah State, but the Falcons were shut out in singles play against the Lobos.
WILHELM AND TAYLOR WIN THEIR 20TH
Wilhelm and Taylor won their 20th doubles match this season by winning the No. 1 match over Nevada on April 14. They are the first doubles team to post 20 overall wins in one season since Brett Rodgers and Taylor Soster went 21-12 during the 2009-10 season. Wilhelm and Taylor, who were named all-conference last season, are 21-11 overall, 16-7 at the No. 1 spot and 3-3 in conference play.
WILHELM STILL IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Wilhelm received his first national ranking on Feb. 12, entering the ITA Division I Men's Singles rankings at No. 85. 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 currently ranked No. 97.