Falcons Play First Home Match on Friday

Feb. 23, 2012

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vs. Metro State
Feb. 24, 10 a.m.
USAFA, Colo.
vs. Denver
Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Denver, Colo.
vs. Western N.M.
Feb. 26, 12 p.m.
USAFA, Colo.
vs. CSU-Pueblo
Feb. 26, 4 p.m.
USAFA, Colo.
The Air Force women’s tennis team 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 and CSU-Pueblo on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 12 and 4 p.m., respectively.
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 172-189 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 moved to 7-2 this season by splitting a pair of matches in Lincoln, Neb., a couple of weeks ago. The Falcons dropped a 7-0 decision to 29th-ranked Nebraska, then defeated Northern Iowa, 6-1. The Falcons’ No. 1 doubles team of senior Tahlia Smoke and junior Melissa Cecil came close to defeating the nation’s 53rd-ranked doubles team, falling 9-7 to Nebraska’s duo of Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein. The Falcons also lost at No. 2 doubles by the same score and junior Hannah Dake was the only Air Force player to force three sets in singles play.
The Falcons rebounded nicely against Northern Iowa, however, winning at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles to take the doubles point. Smoke and Cecil won at the top spot, 8-3, over Krissy Lankelma and Chelsea Moore, while junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran won, 8-3, at No. 3 over Cassandra Dix and Steffania Sampaio. In singles play, Cecil suffered just her second loss of the season at the No. 1 spot, but the other five Falcons won in straight sets.
Air Force travels to Portland, Ore. for apair of matches in a couple of weeks. The Falcons will face Portland on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. and Portland State on Sunday, March 4 at 9 a.m.