Falcons Open League Play This Weekend in Albuquerque
March 22, 2012
vs. TCUMarch 24, 9 a.m.Albuquerque, N.M. vs. New MexicoMarch 25, 2 p.m.Albuquerque, N.M. THIS WEEKThe Air Force women’s tennis team travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to open Mountain West play against TCU on Saturday, March 24 (9 a.m.) and New Mexico on Sunday, March 25 (2 p.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 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. LAST TIME OUTThe Falcons improved to 14-3 this season by defeating Seattle University and Eastern Washington last weekend, both by a 6-1 score.Air Force swept all six doubles matches during the weekend and won 10 of the 12 singles contests. Just two of the singles matches were extended to three sets. MOLINA NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEKAfter going a perfect 4-0 last week, junior Christine Molina was named the Mountain West Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. With her three-set win over Katrina Schwab of Seattle on Friday, Molina became the first Falcon to win 20 singles matches this season. Senior Tahlia Smoke is at 19 victories and freshman Natasha Rizvi has 18.In doubles, Smoke and junior Melissa Cecil are 20-8 overall and 10-4 at the No. 1 spot. They have won five straight matches, just one shy of Molina and fresmna Tiffany Tran, who are 18-5 overall and 14-3 in dual matches. UP NEXTAir Force takes a couple of weeks off before hosting UNLV on Saturday, April 7 and San Diego State on Sunday, April 8.