Oct. 5, 2010
Colorado Springs, almost 7,000 ft. above sea level, is home to the Air Force Academy. That is where Kim, Lacey, Sarah, Coach Maes and I spent our second tournament this past weekend. We had a smooth flight nonstop into Denver Thursday afternoon and drove to Colorado Springs to get a practice hit in and to get used to the altitude and weather. The Air Force Academy campus is so green and unique compared to any other campuses that I have competed at. We had to stop at a check point to get into the campus every morning, where security checked our car and let us proceed to the tournament! We definitely enjoyed the cooler weather and change in Colorado very much!
The Air Force Academy Invitational started on Friday and ended on Sunday. Players from the Air Force Academy, Colorado, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, Oklahoma State, Oregon, UNC-Greensboro and Wyoming competed in 4 different flights in singles and 2 in doubles. I think we all had mixed feelings this past weekend since it was our first tournament (except for Sarah), playing at a high altitude. Plus, it was our first trip together! I was excited to spend this tournament with our two freshies, Lacey and Kim, and our junior, Sarah. We also had the chance to go sightseeing at the Garden of Gods, one of Colorado's national parks. It was a beautiful and colorful sight for us to see and spend some of our free time! On the court, Sarah and I teamed up to play doubles and won the backdraw, playing better every match. Lacey and Kim started and ended strong throughout the weekend with their first doubles win and Lacey's first collegiate singles title! Congrats to our Wildcat freshies!
This week, Natasha and Sarah are in LA with Coach Ryan for the All-American Qualifier at the Riviera Tennis Club. Good luck, Cats!