Falcons Split a Pair of Matches on Saturday

Feb. 25, 2012

The Air Force women's tennis team split a pair of matches Saturday, defeating Metro State 7-0 and losing to Denver 5-2. The Falcons are now 8-3 this season.

The Falcons hosted Metro State in the morning and swept all nine matches with ease, including a 6-0, 6-0 victory by junior Hannah Dake over Nadia Khamis at the No. 3 singles spot.

Air Force then traveled north on I-25 to Denver to face the Pioneers Saturday night. Despite a win at No. 2 doubles by Dake and freshman Natasha Rizvi, DU won the doubles point. The Pioneers cruised through the No. 3 match, then Sophia Bergner and Steffi Rath clinched the point with an 8-6 win at No. 1 over senior Tahlia Smoke and junior Melissa Cecil.

Dake won her fourth match of the day at the No. 5 singles position with a come-from-behind 6-7(3), 6-3, (10-5) victory over Natalie Dunn, while junior Christine Molina won the No. 2 match when Elena Najera retired with Molina leading 7-6, 1-0. DU won the other four matches in straight sets.

Air Force hosts Western New Mexico (12 p.m.) and CSU-Pueblo (4 p.m.) on Sunday with the USTA Campus Kids Day taking place in between the two matches. All kids are welcome on the court at that time for games, prizes and food.

Air Force 7, Metro State 0
Feb. 24, 2012
USAFA, Colo.

Doubles
1. Cecil / Tahlia Smoke (AF) def. Holm / Khamis, 8-2
2. Dake / Rizvi (AF) def. Evangelista / Schall, 8-1
3. Molina / Tiffany Tran (AF) def. Herrmann / Amos, 8-1

Singles
1. Melissa Cecil (AF) def. Alicia Holm, 6-1, 6-1
2. Christine Molina (AF) def. Marianne Evangelista, 6-0, 6-1
3. Hannah Dake (AF) def. Nadia Khamis, 6-0, 6-0
4. Natasha Rizvi (AF) def. Nikki Amos, 6-3, 6-0
5. Marcelli Magday (AF) def. Nicole Herrmann, 6-4, 6-2
6. Anastasia Hueffner (AF) def. Sam Schall, 6-2, 6-4

Denver 5, Air Force 2
Feb. 24, 2012
Denver, Colo.

Doubles
1. Bergner / Rath (DU) def. Smoke / Cecil, 8-6
2. Dake / Rizvi (AF) def. Najera / Isberg, 8-5
3. Schnell / Dunn (DU) def. Molina / Tran, 8-1

Singles
1. Sophia Bergner (DU) def. Melissa Cecil, 6-1, 6-1
2. Christine Molina (AF) def. Elena Najera, 7-6(5), 1-0 ret.
3. Caroline Schnell (DU) def. Tiffany Tran, 6-1, 6-0
4. Emma Isberg (DU) def. Tahlia Smoke, 6-1, 6-2
5. Hannah Dake (AF) def. Natalie Dunn, 6-7(3), 6-3, (10-5)
6. Steffi Rath (DU) def. Natasha Rizvi, 7-5, 6-2