Sept. 14, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force volleyball team completed a perfect day of competition with a 3-0 victory over Norfolk State during action at the Air Force/Colorado Invitational on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Academy. The Falcons, who defeated CSU Bakersfield in straight sets earlier in the day, swept the Spartans 25-11, 25-19, 25-14 in the nightcap.
As a team, the Falcons hit a season-best .492, connecting of 36 of 63 swings, while committing just five errors. Sophomore Hillary Keltner was a perfect four-for-four, while classmate Ayesha Hein hit .600 (6k-0e-10a). Junior Cami Richan (.583, 7k-0e-21a), sophomore Kristen Holt (.500, 3k-0e-6a) and freshman Felicia Clement (.429, 8k-2e-14a) all hit above .400 for the match.
Clement lead the Falcons with eight kills and four assisted blocks, while Keltner accounted for 27 assists and senior Maiya Perich added 12 digs. In addition to their assist and dig totals, Keltner and Perich each recorded a pair of service aces.
Air Force scored the first two points for the match behind a kill from Richan and a service ace from freshman Rebecca Bates. Norfolk State evened the score at four and the two teams traded the next several points, while a kill from freshman Maggie Sherrill and a solo block from Hein accounting for the Falcons' points. Keltner put down a kill at the 7-6 mark and then served Air Force out to a 12-6 lead. Holt and Clement teamed up for a block and Keltner tallied her first ace during that run. Perich's two aces bookended back-to-back kills from Hein, as the Falcons extended its advantage to 22-8. Clement, Sherrill and Keltner put down the final three kills, as Air Force won the opening set 25-11.
Keltner opened the second set with an ace and served the Falcons to a 4-0 lead. Once again, the Spartans came back to even the set at five. Clement, Hein and Keltner added kills, but Norfolk State responded to match scores at 10. Richan put down a kill to give the Falcons the lead on the next point (11-10) and Air Force began to pull away. Sherrill added a pair of scores, while Hein and Clement teamed up for another block to put Air Force up six, at 19-13. Hein, Richan and Holt added three more kills, before a final point by Richan gave the Falcons the 25-19 win.
Norfolk State struck first in the third set and the two teams traded points to an early tie at four. A service ace from sophomore Emma Dridge sparked a 4-0 run by the Falcons, while an NSU error helped Air Force double up the Spartans at 10-5. Richan, Holt and Clement added kills, while a score from freshman Meg Bright put the Falcons at an 18-9 advantage. Bright added another kill (19-12), before serving Air Force's next five points, before the Falcons claimed the 25-14 victory.
The Falcons close out the Air Force/Colorado Invitational tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 15) night, when they host Washington State at 7 p.m.