Sept. 13, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - In a tightly contested match that featured 46 ties and 18 lead changes, the Air Force volleyball team dropped a narrow 3-2 match to Colorado on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the opening match of the Air Force/Colorado Invitational and the Falcons' home schedule.
The two teams, which hadn't faced one another since 2000, made up for lost time with a thrilling 35-37, 26-28, 26-24, 25-21, 12-15 match at Falcon Court at East Gym.
Junior Cami Richan led all players with 17 kills, while freshman Maggie Sherrill and sophomore Ayesha Hein added totals of 15 and 10, respectively. Sophomore Hillary Keltner, who matched her career high with 46 assists, added a personal-best four service aces and collected 12 digs for her conference leading seventh double-double. Senior Maiya Perich led the Falcons with 22 digs, while freshman Rebecca Bates joined her and Keltner with double-digit dig totals.
Keltner was one of six Falcons to record a service ace, as the Falcons totaled a season-best 11 in all. Sophomore Emma Dridge collected three, while Bates, Perich and Sherrill each added one.
Hein added eight assisted blocks to pace the team to its 28 total assisted blocks - the best single-match output since the 2004 collected 31 at Northern Colorado. Sherrill and classmate Felicia Clement each recorded five joint stops, while sophomore Kristen Holt added four. In all, eight Falcons accounted for at least one assisted stop.
Air Force continues action at its home invitational tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 14) with matches against CSU Bakersfield at 2 p.m. and Norfolk State at 8 p.m. In addition, NSU will face Washington State at noon, while CSU Bakersfield and WSU will play at 6 p.m.