Sept. 15, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force volleyball team closed out its home tournament with a 3-1 loss to Washington State on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Academy. Despite winning the first set 25-23, the Falcons dropped the final three sets 25-9, 25-14, 25-21.
Freshman Felicia Clement paced the Falcons with 12 kills, while classmate Maggie Sherrill and junior Cami Richan each added 11. Sophomore Ayesha Hein connected on eight of 14 attacks, while committing just three errors, to record a team-best .333 hitting percentage. Sherrill (.276, 11k-3e-29k) and Clement (.231, 12k-6e-26a) also hit over .200 on the night.
Sophomore Hillary Keltner collected 45 assists and 10 digs for her conference-leading eighth double-double of the season. Defensively, senior Maiya Perich paced all players with 16 digs, while Clement, Hein, Sherrill and sophomore Kristen Holt each recorded an assisted block.
The Cougars scored the match's opening point, but Clement put down her first score on the ensuing point. Holt added a kill, but WSU took a quick 5-2 advantage. Sherrill pulled the Falcons back within one (7-6), while a pair of attacking errors by Washington State gave Air Force the lead at 8-7. Serving streaks from freshman Rebecca Bates and Perich helped Air Force run out to a 17-11 lead. Clement and Sherrill collected kills during that run, while Bates tallied a service ace. Additional kills from Clement, Sherrill and Richan put the Falcons at the 20-point mark (20-15), but the Cougars clawed back to pull within one at 22-21. The combination of Sherrill and Clement put the Falcons at set-point, while a kill from Hein secured the 25-23 victory for the Falcons.
After a back-and-fourth start to the second set that included kills from Richan, Clement, Hein and Sherrill, Washington State took control and doubled up the Falcons at 14-7. Sophomore Victoria Foster and Richan added two more kills, but the Cougars closed out the set on an 11-2 run to defeat Air Force 25-9.
Richan earned the first point of the third set, as Air Force took a 3-0 lead. Washington State responded with the next three points (3-3), before the two programs traded the next several scores. Richan provided the Falcons' offense during a 10-3 run by WSU (16-9), before Sherrill put the Falcons at the 10-point mark. Hein added a pair of kills, but Washington State won the third set by a 25-14 margin.
Sophomore Emma Dridge opened the fourth set with a service ace, but Washington State jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead. The Cougars advanced its margin to 11-4, with Air Force earning points from Richan (two) and Keltner (one). Hein and Sherrill put down a pair of kills, but WSU doubled up the score at 16-8. Richan (two) and Clement combined for three straight points (16-11), while Clement and Sherrill put together back-to-back kills on two separate occasions to cut the lead to four at 21-17. Hein and Richan added scores, but the Falcons fell 25-21 in the final set.
The Falcons open Mountain West action on Thursday (Sept. 20), when they face UNLV at 7 p.m.