Sept. 14, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force volleyball team defeated CSU Bakersfield in straight sets this afternoon (Friday, Sept. 14) during its second match of the Air Force/Colorado Invitational. After defeating the Roadrunners 25-15 in the first set, the Falcons took 25-22 wins in each of the final two sets.
Sophomore Ayesha Hein paced the Falcons with 10 kills and a .600 hitting percentage (10k-1e-15a). Classmate Hillary Keltner collected 31 assists, while senior Maiya Perich recorded 15 digs. Sophomore Kristen Holt collected five of the team's 12 assisted blocks, while Keltner, classmate Emma Dridge and junior Josalynn Wise each tallied a service ace.
Air Force took the first three points of the set, as junior Cami Richan and freshman Felicia Clement combined for kills. The Roadrunners responded with three points of their own to tie the set. Richan stopped their run with a kill, while Clement, Hein and Richan put down kills that helped Air Force to the 10-point mark (10-7). CSUB cut the lead to two (12-10), but a kill by Richan and several Roadrunner attacking errors helped the Falcons extend its margin to five (16-11). With the Falcons up six (19-13), Wise took to the serving line and helped run Air Force's lead to 24-13. Hein, Keltner and freshman Maggie Sherrill all recorded kills during that stretch, as the Falcons went on to take the 25-15 victory.
CSU Bakersfield took the opening point of the second set, but kills from Clement and Hein, as well as an ace from Dridge, helped the Falcons to a 7-5 advantage. Holt's kill put the Falcons up 10-7 and a strong serving run from Bates helped balloon the Falcons' lead to 16-10. Despite kills from Clement and Hein, the Roadrunners cut the gap to one and eventually tied the set at 22. Behind blocks from Holt/Clement and Holt/Sherrill, the Falcons were able to secure the 25-22 victory.
The Roadrunners took the early 4-1 lead in the third set, but the Falcons quickly rebounded to even the set at five. Wise recorded an ace, Hein added a kill and Holt and Clement teamed up for another block during that run. Sherrill and Clement recorded kills, as the two teams traded points during a span that included 10 ties. With the score deadlocked at 17, Keltner and Clement helped the Falcons regain the lead. A kill from Hein put the Falcons at match-point, while Sherrill claimed her fourth kill to secure the Falcons' 25-22 victory.
The Falcons return to action tonight, when they face Norfolk State at 8 p.m.