Sep 7, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Air Force volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to San Francisco on Saturday (Sept 7) morning during competition at the Bay Area Challenge. In their first three-set match of the year, the Falcons fell in straight 25-22, 26-24, 25-18 sets to the host Dons.
Sophomore Akokwe Clement led the Falcons with 14 kills, while junior Ayesha Hein hit at a team-leading clip of .364 (5k-1e-11a). Classmate Hillary Keltner accounted for a double-double with 32 assists and 12 digs, while sophomore Raquel Rosas paced the Falcons with four blocks.
The Falcons gave up the first two points of the match, but came back to take a 6-5 lead behind kills from Hein, Clement and Keltner, a service ace from junior Emma Dridge and a Hein/Keltner block. Clement and Rosas put down kills to extend their lead to 10-7, while another score by Clement secured a 15-10 lead for Air Force. The Dons used a 10-1 lead to take a 20-16 advantage, before kills from Hein, Keltner and Clement, as well as a block from Keltner and Rosas, brought the Falcons back within one (22-21). Sherrill added one additional kill, but USF took the first set 25-22.
San Francisco took an early 7-2 lead, before Air Force used kills from Keltner, Hein and Sherrill to cut its deficit to 7-5. USF regained a five-point lead and continued to hold off the Falcons, despite kills from Sherrill and Rosas. Down 23-16, Air Force roared back with six straight points to pull within one at 23-22. A kill from Sherrill started the drive, which included three Clement kills and a block from Richan and Rosas. Another kill from Clement evened the score at 24, but three straight points by the Dons allowed USF to capture the second set 26-24.
Air Force surrendered the first four points of the third set, before freshman Collette Foster put down a kill and senior Josalynn Wise served up an ace to stop the Dons' early run. Kills from Clement, Sherrill and Rosas helped the Falcons pull within two (8-6), while two short runs, including two kills (Rosas, Sherrill) and a service ace (Keltner) at the 11-9 mark and a kill (Foster) and block (Foster, Rosas) at the 13-11 mark kept the Falcons within two. San Francisco pulled ahead 16-11, but Air Force responded with another run to pull back within two (19-17). The Dons scored six of the final seven points to take the set by a 25-18 mark.
"They served incredibly well," head coach Matt McShane said following the match. "(Because of their serving), we were setting all over the place and I think that we did really good to hit what we did. They were close games for the way we served and passed, so I find that encouraging. We need to adjust when things happen that we aren't prepared for. I think we got a little frustrated and that showed in our play at the end."
Air Force travels to Moraga, Calif., this evening for a match with St. Mary's at 7 pm. (PST).