No. 52 UNLV Downs Falcons, 5-2

April 7, 2012

Despite winning the doubles point, the Air Force women's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to 52nd-ranked UNLV Saturday at the Academy. With the loss, Air Force fell to 15-5 overall and 1-2 in the Mountain West, while the Rebels improved to 13-8 overall and 3-2 in league play.

Air Force won the doubles point for the seventh time in its last eight matches by winning two of three doubles contests. Senior Tahlia Smoke and junior Melissa Cecil were off first after an 8-2 victory at the top spot over Nives Pavlovic and Aleksandra Josifoska. The Falcons' No. 3 team of junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran then easily handled Ella Bourchier and Anett Ferenczi-Bako, 8-1, to clinch the point.

In singles action, UNLV tied things with a 6-1, 6-3 win by Bourchier over junior Hannah Dake at the No. 5 position. Manon de Lanlay then fought off Smoke 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 at No. 4, but freshman Natasha Rizvi evened the match at 2-all with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Bako at the No. 6 spot.

The Rebels captured the final three matches in straight sets, including a 7-5, 6-2 victory by Lucia Batta over Cecil at the top spot.

"I was extremely pleased with all three doubles teams and how we came out and competed today," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "UNLV has a very talented group of singles players and we knew we would have our work cut out for us. The players fought hard but just could not convert in some of the matches that could of changed the momentum."

The Falcons host San Diego State on Sunday, April 8 at 10 a.m.

No. 52 UNLV 5, Air Force 2
April 7, 2012
USAFA, Colo.

1. Cecil/Smoke (AF) def. Pavlovic/Josifoska, 8-2
2. de Lanley/Batta (UNLV) def. Dake/Rizvi, 8-7(4)
3. Molina/Tran (AF) def. Bourchier/Bako, 8-1
Order of Finish:1, 3, 2

1. Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Mellisa Cecil, 7-5, 6-2
2. Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. Christine Molina, 7-6(3), 6-3
3. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Tiffany Tran, 6-1, 7-6(1)
4. Manon de Lanley (UNLV) def. Tahlia Smoke, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
5. Ella Bourchier (UNLV) def. Hannah Dake, 6-1, 6-3
6. Natasha Rizvi (AF) def. Anett Ferenczi-Bako, 7-5, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 6, 1, 2, 3