Air Force Claims Comeback Victory Over Navy
ARLINGTON, Va. - Despite trailing after the first two sets, the Air Force volleyball team claimed a dramatic comeback victory over service academy rival Navy during its first match of the All-Academy Tournament on Friday, Sept. 7, at the Pentagon Athletic Center in Arlington, Va.
The Falcons dropped the first two sets (25-13, 25-14), but rebounded to take the final three sets 25-17, 25-17, 15-12. The win, the Falcons' first five-set victory since defeating Hofstra in 2010, improved the Falcons to 2-5 on the year.
"This was a huge win," head coach Matt McShane said. "We put together three good games. We were a little nervous to start ... playing in the Pentagon, playing Navy. We're still young and there are a lot of freshmen out there. It take a while to get calm, but we ended the second set with a nice run, even though we lost (that game), and I think that was big for the rest of the match."
Sophomore Victoria Foster had a strong match for the Falcons, collecting a season-best 12 kills. Connecting on 12 of 27 kills, with just five errors (.259), she was one of three Falcons to hit above .200 in the match. Freshman Taylor Parker hit a team-high .294 (7k-2e-17a), while sophomore Hillary Keltner attacked at a .231 (3k-0e-21a) clip. Keltner also recorded her fifth double-double of the year, as she recorded 35 assists and career-best 17 digs.
"I've got to give credit to Marc (Swindle) and Louella (Maxwell)," McShane continued. "Marc made great serving calls and Louella runs the offense. She set the middles for a while and then set the outsides for a while. She really mixed the offense well."
Senior Maiya Perich led the Falcons with 19 digs, while freshman Rebecca Bates added 10. Bates and junior Josalynn Wise each recorded a pair of aces on the night (season-high tallies for each). Parker paced Air Force with a career-high five blocks (all assisted), marking the highest single-match output of the year.
The Falcons return to action tomorrow morning, when they face The Citadel at 11 a.m. (EST). Air Force will also face Army at 5 p.m., at the Pentagon Athletic Center.