USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – Air Force women’s tennis wrapped up day two at the 2022 ITA Bedford Cup In The Mountains this Friday afternoon at the Air Force Outdoor Intercollegiate Tennis Courts. The second round of doubles and the first two rounds of singles were played.
Air Force had two players reach the singles semifinals in their respective draws. Freshman Abby Cotuna made the semifinals of the Bravo Draw with a pair of wins in her first two collegiate singles matches. Sophomore Kaleigh Yun-Thayer reached the Charlie Draw semi-finals with two wins.
Air Force also reached the semi-finals of the Alpha and Bravo Draws and the final of the Charlie Draw. Sydney Fitch spirit Alexis Odom won their match over Denver in the quarterfinals to advance in the Alpha draw. Courtney Swift and Yun-Thayer reached the Bravo draw with a win over Boise State. In the Charlie draw, Cotuna duck Shaila Alda reached the championship match with a win in the semifinals over New Mexico State.
Head coach Kim Gidley on day one play:
“We were very excited to play the first day of competition yesterday. On day two of the Bedford Cup, the coaching staff was thrilled with the level of competition and play of the team. Today was the first time we have even completed a match of singles, so it was very impressive to have two players in the semifinals in their draws, after competing a match of doubles and two singles. Abby Cotuna and Kayleigh Yun-Thayer won three sets in both of their victories. It was a lot of play and the coaching staff saw a tremendous amount of fight, even in the matches that didn’t go our way. In the doubles portion, we are in the semi’s of the Alpha and Bravo draws and then the finals of the Charlie draw. Our combination of doubles teams are really complementing each other and they are really executing what we do in practice. Each day, this team is getting better. They compete hard and are fun to watch!”
Competition resumes tomorrow with doubles and singles, beginning at 9 am.
Air Force Bedford Cup Day Two Results
Fitch/Odom (AF) def. Melville Pursell (DU) 8-7 (5)
Swift/Yun-Thayer (AF) def. Discenza/Kershner (BSU) 8-6
Le/Van Houweling (AF) def. Avelar/Weekley (CSU), injury
Cotuna/Alda (AF) def. Cartis/Townsend (NMSU) 8-2
Hilario/Brilhante (USU) def. Mikkelson (ISU) and Dibble (AF) 8-3
Sydney Fitch (AF) def. Lisa Kung (USU) 7-6 (5), 6-1
Taylor Melville (DU) def. Sydney Fitch (AF) 7-6, 6-3
Monique Burton (USU) def. Alexis Odom (AF) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
Abby Cotuna (AF) def. Sarka Richterova (CSU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
Abby Cotuna (AF) def. Megan Lombardi (WSU)
Xenia de Luna (BYU) def. Alexis Odom (AF) 6-4, 6-4
Kaleigh Yun-Thayer (AF) def. Bella Nguyen (NMSU) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
Kaleigh Yun-Thayer (AF) def. Madison Smith (BYU) 6-2, 7-6 (6)
Leah Kuruvilla (ISU) def. Arianna Van Houweling (OF)
Courtney Swift (AF) def. Nicole Horacek (IU)
Megan Lang-Gould (ISU) def. Courtney Swift (AF) 7-5, 6-2
Arianna Van Houweling (AF) def. Avery Pope (BYU) 6-0, 6-3
Olivia Mikkelson (ISU) def. Andrea Lee (AF) 6-3, 7-5
Li Yang Ping An (WSU) def. Maddie Dibble 6-0, 6-2