Falcons Fall 3-1 in Season Opener at Denver
Aug 30, 2013
DENVER, Colo. - The Air Force volleyball team opened the 2013 season with a 3-1 loss to Denver during the first day of competition at the Pioneer Classic on Friday, Aug. 30, in Denver, Colo. The Falcons opened the match with a 25-18 win, before falling in straight 23-25, 22-25,17-25 sets.
Junior Hillary Keltner collected the first triple-double of her career with 10 kills, 43 assists and 17 digs. She was one of three Falcons to reach the 10-kill plateau, as sophomore Akokwe Clement led all players with 13 kills and classmate Maggie Sherrill added 12. Keltner also paced the match with a .909 hitting percentage, as she connected on 10 of 11 attacks, while committing no errors.
Junior Emma Dridge, earning the starting nod at the libero position, accounted for 14 digs to match a career-high that she first tallied against the Pioneers in 2011. Backed by the double-digit dig totals from Keltner and Dridge, the Falcons accounted for 68 digs ... a total nearly 20 more than Denver (49). Sophomore Rebecca Bates recorded three service aces, including back-to-back tallies on her first two serves of the match. In fact, the consecutive scores from Bates and an ace from Dridge, helped Air Force jump out to a 5-1 lead to open the match.
"We played great in the first set," head coach Matt McShane said. "We played with enthusiasm, intensity and (ran the plays) we wanted. DU is a good team and they ran some things we weren't used to seeing. This was our first match. We had a chance to see another team and we have things to work on and things to improve on."
Air Force returns to action tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 31), when it concludes the Pioneer Classic with matches against UC-Irvine (10 a.m.) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (5 p.m.).