Falcons Play Two in Portland This Weekend
March 2, 2012
vs. PortlandMarch 3, 10 a.m.Portland Ore. vs. Portland StateMarch 4, 9 a.m.Portland Ore. THIS WEEKThe Air Force women’s tennis travels to Oregon for a pair of matches this weekend. The Falcons will face the Univeristy of Portland on Saturday, march 3 at 10 a.m. and Portland State on Sunday, March 4 at 9 a.m. AIR FORCE HEAD COACH Kim GidleyAir 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 175-190 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. LAST TIME OUTThe Falcons improved to 10-3 this season by winning three of four matches last weekend. The Falcons defeated Metro State, Western New Mexico and CSU-Pueblo, all by a 7-0 score, and lost to Denver, 5-2.Air Force easily won its three home matches, sweeping through all 27 matches. All 18 singles matches were won in straight sets and the Falcons did not lose more than two games in any of the nine doubles matches.Junior Hannah Dake went a perfect 8-0 during the weekend. Dake, who won three of her four singles matches by a 6-0, 6-0 score, also rallied to defeat Natalie Dunn of Denver, 6-7(3), 6-3, (10-5), at the No. 5 position. She also paired with Natasha Rizvi to dominate all four doubles matches, including an 8-5 victory over Emma Isberg and Elena Najera of Denver. For her efforts, she was named the Mountain West Co-Player of the Week. UP NEXTAir Force takes a couple of weeks off before traveling to Washington to face Seattle University (March 16) and Eastern Washington (March 17).