Air Force Hosts UNLV, SDSU This Weekend

April 5, 2012

vs. UNLV
April 7, 2 p.m.
USAFA, Colo.
vs. San Diego State
April 8, 10 a.m.
USAFA, Colo.

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The Air Force women’s tennis team hosts a pair of Mountain West matches this weekend at the Academy. The Falcons will play UNLV on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. and San Diego State on Sunday, April 8 at 10 a.m.
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 180-191 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 15-4 and 1-1 in league play by splitting a piar of matches in Albuqueruqe, N.M., March 24-25. Despite an impressive win at No. 2 doubles by junior Hannah Dake and freshman Natasha Rizvi, the Falcons lost to 39th-ranked TCU, 7-0.
AFA rebounded nicely the next day, however, easily defeating New Mexico, 6-1. The Falcons started off strong by winning all three doubles matches. Dake and Rizvi won for the ninth time in their last 10 matches with an 8-3 victory over Susanna Kuuttila and Michaela Oldani at the No. 2 position. Junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran then clinched the point with an 8-6 triumph over Alyssa Caffey and Nikolina Grbac at No. 3. Senior Tahlia Smoke and junior Melissa Cecil snuck by Michaela Bezdickova and Maria Sablina, 9-8 (2), at the top spot.
Air Force continued its winning ways in singles play. After Bezdickova defeated Cecil, 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 1 spot, the Falcons reeled off five straight wins, three of them in straight sets. Tran (No. 3), Smoke (No. 4) and Dake (No. 5) all won in straight sets, while Molina defeated Kuuttila, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 at No. 2 and Rizvi rallied to beat Caffey, 1-6, 6-4, (10-8) at the No. 6 position.
Air Force travels to Boise, Idaho to take on Mountain West newcomer Boise State on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m.