Falcons Play Two in Lincoln, Neb., This Weekend

Feb. 10, 2012

Air Force vs. Nebraska
Feb. 11, 2012, 9:30 a.m.
Lincoln, Neb.
Air Force vs. Northern Iowa
Feb. 12, 2012, 2 p.m.
Lincoln, Neb.

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The Air Force women’s tennis team plays two matches on the road this weekend. The Falcons will take on the University of Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Northern Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 12, both in Lincoln, Neb.
Air Force head coach Kim Gidley is in her 14th season at the helm of Air Force’s women’s tennis program. The first civilian head coach in the history of the program, Gidley became the winningest coach in the history of the program in 2003 with her 76th victory. She recorded her 100th career victory during the 2005-06 season against South Dakota State and has a 171-188 career record.
Gidley, a 1989 graduate of Southern Illinois - Edwardsville, has led the Falcons to consecutive 16-win seasons and the 32 wins are the most in a two-year span since the 1999 and 2000 seasons (34). She also led her team to a 12-match winning streak last season, the longest since Air Force moved to Division I status in 1996.
The Falcons swept three matches away from the Academy last weekend. Air Force defeated New Mexico State and Northern Arizona, 6-1, then pulled out an exciting 4-3 win over UTEP in El Paso, Texas. The Falcons, winners of four straight matches, won the doubles point and five of six singles matches against NMSU, then rallied after losing the double spoint to NAU by winning all six singles contests.
The match of the weekend, however, was against UTEP. More specifically, the No. 6 singles match between AFA freshman Tiffany Tran and UTEP’s Caroline DeLuca. After winning the doubles point, Air Force won just two of the first five singles matches, setting up the No. 3 match as the decider. Tran lost the first set to DeLuca, 6-2, then saved a match point before winning the second set in a tiebreaker, 7-5, and was down 5-1 and saved three more match points in the third set before winning that set, also in a tiebreaker. For her efforts, Tran was named the Mountain West Player of the Week. She is 6-1 in dual matches this year, while junior Melissa Cecil is a perfect 5-0 at the No. 1 spot.
Air Force plays its first home match of the spring season on Friday, Feb. 24 against Metro State, beginning at 10 a.m. That evening, the Falcons will face the University of Denver in Denver beginning at 7 p.m. The Falcons will then host Western New Mexico on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m.