Falcons Soar Past Seattle University 6-1

March 16, 2012

The Air Force women's tennis team won its season-high fifth consecutive match Friday, defeating Seattle University 6-1 at the Amy Yee Tennis Center in Seattle, Wash. The Falcons, who swept the three doubles matches and won five of the six singles contests, improved to 13-3 while the Redhawks fell to 8-10.

The Falcons jumped out to a 1-0 lead with wins at all three doubles spots. Junior Hannah Dake and freshman Natasha Rizvi started things off with an 8-6 win over Katrina Schwab and Corinne Wurden, while junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran clinched the point and won their fifth straight match with an 8-4 victory over Sarah Lucas and Gabriella Weissman at No. 2. Senior Tahlia Smoke and junior Melissa Cecil completed the sweep and improved to 19-8 this season with an 8-6 triumph over Anna Lambert and Lindsey Newman at the top position.

In singles play, Cecil improved to 9-4 at the No. 1 spot after beating Alexandra Farrar, 6-2, 6-1 and Molina won her 20th singles match of the season by rallying from a set down to beat Schwab, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2. Smoke (No. 4), Dake (No. 5) and freshman Marcelli Magday (No. 6) each won in straight sets.

"This was another hard fought victory for our team," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "Everyone showed up and took care of business against a team that was picked to finish second in the Great West Conference. Our doubles is looking good this time of the year, winning at all three doubles was positive."

The Falcons play Eastern Washington on Saturday, March 17 in Issaquah, Wash., beginning at 3 p.m. (PT).

Air Force 6, Seattle University 1
March 16, 2012
Seattle, Wash.

Doubles
1. Cecil / Smoke (AF) def. Lambert / Newman, 8-6
2. Dake / Natasha Rizvi (AF) def. Schwab / Wurden, 8-6
3. Molina / Tran (AF) def. Sarah Lucas / Weissmann, 8-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

Singles
1. Melissa Cecil (AF) def. Alexandra Farrar, 6-2, 6-1
2. Christine Molina (AF) def. Katrina Schwab, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Lindsey Newman (SEA) def. Tiffany Tran, 6-3, 6-2
4. Tahlia Smoke (AF) def. Gabriella Weissmann, 6-3, 6-4
5. Hannah Dake (AF) def. Corinne Wurden, 6-4, 7-5
6. Marcelli Magday (AF) def. Anna Lambert, 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4, 2, 6, 5