Falcons Can't Overcome Wolfpack in 3-2 Loss
Sept. 7, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Unable to overcome a strong blocking effort from North Carolina State, the Air Force volleyball team dropped a five-set match late Saturday (Sept. 6) night during the final contest of the Air Force Classic Volleyball Tournament. The Falcons won the first set by a 25-18 score, but NC State responded with a 25-16 win in the second. Air Force regained the lead (25-23) in the third, but the Wolfpack took the final two sets by 25-23 and 15-11 margins.
Senior Jasamine Pettie led all players with 19 kills, while junior Michelle Harrington and sophomore Caroline Kurtz each added 12. Harrington, who posted a team-best .300 during the five-set match, had one of the Falcons' seven service aces and two assisted blocks.
Sophomores Stephanie Stanford and Kelly Spencer each tallied a pair of aces, while Stanford posted 38 of the Falcons' 54 assists. The duo was two of five Falcons to post double-digit tallies in digs. Senior Kristina Stewart led the team with 15 digs, while freshman libero added 13. Kurtz and Stanford each accounted for 12, while Spencer rounded out the group with 11 digs.
Pettie and sophomore Nichole Stilwell led the Falcons with three assisted blocks apiece. Blocking seemed to be the difference, as NC State out-blocked the Falcons 17-5. Air Force led the Wolfpack in kills, assists and digs, while the two programs each accounted for seven aces.
Harrington was named to the all-tournament team for her play over the two-day, four-match weekend. She collected 40 kills, a .238 hitting percentage and 17 total blocks.
Air Force continues at home next weekend (Sept. 12-13) for its final home tournament of the season. The Falcons will play host to Florida Atlantic, North Carolina Central, Kent State and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.