Falcon Netters Play Two in Seattle This Weekend

March 15, 2012

vs. Seattle Univ.
March 16, 3 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
vs. Eastern Washington
March 17, 3 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.

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The Air Force women’s tennis team travels to Seattle, Wash., to face Seattle University on Friday, March 16 and Eastern Washington on Saturday, March 17. Both matches start at 3 p.m. (PT).
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 177-190 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.
The Falcons improved to 12-3 this season by winning two matches in Portland, Ore., a couple of weeks ago. The Falcons defeated the University of Portland, 5-2, and Portland State, 7-0.
Air Force won at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles to take the point against Portland. Senior Tahlia Smoke and junior Melissa Cecil won at the top spot, defating Anastasia Polyakova and Sabine Fuchs, 8-3, while junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran downed Katy Krauel and Gabrielle Gorence, 8-4 at No. 3.
In singles play, Molina got things going for the Falcons by rallying to win the No. 2 match, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 over Fuchs. Smoke (No. 4), junior Hannah Dake (No. 5) and freshman Natasha Rizvi (No. 6) each won in straight sets to seal to victory for Air Force. Cecil came close to winning the No. 1 match but fell to Polyakova, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(5).
The Falcons then swept all nine matches against Portland State and won five of the six singles matches in straight sets.
Air Force opens Moutain West play next weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. THe Falcons will play TCU on Saturday, March 24 and New Mexico on Sunday, March 25.