Sept. 2, 2011
DENVER, Colo. - The Air Force volleyball team fell in three to 13th-ranked Purdue during its final match of the Denver Invitational on Friday, Sept. 2. The Falcons dropped the first two sets by matching 25-20 scores, before falling 25-11 in the third set. Freshman Ayesha Hein led the team with eight kills, while sophomore Claire Bieber added six.
Sophomore Cami Richan and junior Maiya Perich each tallied a pair of service aces, while Perich also posted a match-leading 11 digs. Freshman Hillary Keltner assisted on 19 of the Falcons' 26 kills and Hein recorded a pair of assisted blocks.
Air Force jumped out to a 3-1 lead, before Purdue responded with three straight points to go up 4-3. Bieber and Hein stopped the Boilermakers' run with back-to-back kills. Keltner put down a kill, but Purdue again used a quick run to pull ahead 9-3. Richan added a pair of kills to pull Air Force within one at 10-9, but Purdue scored the next five points to go up 15-9. Air Force continued to put points on the board, behind a pair of kills from Hein and Bieber. Trailing 22-15, Air Force scored four of the next five points, including three straight kills from freshman Lizzy Carpenter. A kill from Bieber put the Falcons at the 20-point mark, but Purdue took the set by a 25-20 score.
The second set started on a 9-3 run for Purdue, but the Falcons slowly cut into the Boilermakers' lead. Hein, Richan and freshman Victoria Foster recorded kills, while Carpenter added a service ace, and Air Force pulled within four at 15-11. Purdue stretched its lead back to seven, but freshman Kristen Holt put down a kill to and Richan added an ace. Hein collected another pair of aces, but Purdue once again claimed a 25-20 victory.
Perich served up an ace to start the third set, but Purdue scored six of the next seven points to take a 6-2 advantage. Hein, who teamed with Foster on a block, added a pair of kills, but the Boilermakers doubled up the Falcons at 12-6. Holt, Carpenter and Bieber posted kills, while Perich earned another service ace, but Purdue completed the sweep with a 25-11 win.
Air Force returns to action next Friday (Sept. 9), when it opens the 2011 Falcon Invitational against Utah Valley at 7 p.m. The Falcons will also face South Carolina Upstate and Northern Arizona during the two-day match at Falcon Court at East Gym.