Falcons Fall to San Diego State, 5-2

April 8, 2012

The Air Force women's tennis team dropped its second consecutive 5-2 decision, this time to San Diego State Sunday at the Academy, The Falcons fell to 15-6 overall and 1-3 in the Mountain West, while the Aztecs improved to 9-10 overall and 5-1 in league play.

SDSU barely won the doubles point as the teams split the Nos. 1 and 2 matches, with junior Hannah Dake and freshman Natasha Rizvi winning at the No. 2 spot over Julia Wais and Alicia Aguilar, 8-5, setting up the deciding match at No. 3. After battling to an 8-8 draw, the Air Force duo of junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran held two match points in the tiebreaker but could not hold off SDSU's Emma Cioffi and Laura Antonana Iriarte, who won the tiebreak, 9-7.

In singles action, San Diego State won the first three matches off the court to clinch the team match, but not without a fight from the Falcons. Wais led things off with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Melissa Cecil at the top spot, then Iriarte rallied to beat Molina, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 2 position. Aguilar clinched the match by saving a match point in the third set and defeating Tahlia Smoke, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 at the No. 3 spot.

Rizvi captured Air Force's first singles win with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Roxanne Ellison at No. 6 and Tran rallied from a set down to beat Sierra Ellison, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4. SDSU's Kristin Buth wrapped things up with an exciting, 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5 victory at No. 5 singles over Dake.

"This was a great weekend for the players on the team to realize how good they are," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "We have not had opportunities to defeat San Diego State in about eight years. If we convert in the two different matches that we had match points, we defeat them for the first time ever. We are proud of where our team is at this time of the year and the direction they are moving."

The Falcons travel to Boise, Idaho to take on Boise State next Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m.

San Diego State 5, Air Force 2
April 8, 2012
USAFA, Colo.

1. Ellison / Ellison (SDSU) def. Cecil / Smoke, 8-3
2. Dake / Rizvi (AF) def. Wais / Aguilar, 8-3
3. Emma Cioffi / Antonana Iriarte (SDSU) def. Molina / Tran, 9-8(7)
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

1. Julia Wais (SDSU) def. Melissa Cecil, 6-0, 6-4
2. Laura Antonana Iriarte (SDSU) def. Christine Molina, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Alicia Aguilar (SDSU) def. Tahlia Smoke, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5
4. Tiffany Tran (AF) def. Sierra Ellison, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
5. Kristin Buth (SDSU) def. Hannah Dake, 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5
6. Natasha Rizvi (AF) def. Roxanne Ellison, 6-4, 7-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 6, 4, 5