Falcons Play at Boise State on Saturday

April 13, 2012

vs. Boise State
April 14, 10 a.m.
Boise, Idaho

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The Air Force women’s tennis team travels to Boise, Idaho to take on Mountain West newcomer Boise State on Saturday, April 14 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 180-193 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 dropped a pair of 5-2 decisions at home last week to 52nd-ranked UNLV and San Diego State. Air Force won the doubles point against UNLV. Senior Tahlia Smoke and junior Melissa Cecil were off first after an 8-2 victory at the top spot over Nives Pavlovic and Aleksandra Josifoska. The Falcons’ No. 3 team of junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran then easily handled Ella Bourchier and Anett Ferenczi-Bako, 8-1, to clinch the point.
In singles action, UNLV tied things with a 6-1, 6-3 win by Bourchier over junior Hannah Dake at the No. 5 position. Manon de Lanlay then fought off Smoke 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 at No. 4, but freshman Natasha Rizvi evened the match at 2-all with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Bako at the No. 6 spot. The Rebels captured the final three matches in straight sets, including a 7-5, 6-2 victory by Lucia Batta over Cecil at No. 1.
SDSU barely captured the doubles point by winning the No. 3 match in a tiebreak. After battling to an 8-8 draw, the Air Force duo of junior Christine Molina and freshman Tiffany Tran held two match points in the tiebreaker but could not hold off SDSU’s Emma Cioffi and Laura Antonana Iriarte, who won the tiebreak, 9-7.
In singles action, San Diego State won the first three matches off the court to clinch the team match, but not without a fight from the Falcons. Freshmen Tran and Natasha Rizvi won for Air Force.
Air Force hosts Colorado State (April 20) and Wyoming (April 21) in its season-finale matches.