Falcons Fall in Four to Wyoming
Oct. 4, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Despite three players with double-digit kill totals, the Air Force volleyball team dropped a four-set decision to Wyoming in Mountain West Conference action on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Academy's Clune Arena. The Falcons (4-13 overall) dropped the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-23, before rallying to take the third set by a 25-22 margin. Wyoming moved to 3-10 on the year with the final 25-20 victory in the fourth.
The third-set victory is the Falcons' first game-win since Sept. 13. It is also the first in conference play since Nov. 2 of last season. The team's 51 kills are the most since Sept. 13 and the five service aces are the second-best of the season, only trailing the Sept. 6 output of seven.
Junior Michelle Harrington led Air Force with 13 kills and a .333 hitting percentage (13 kills-2 errors-33 attempts). She also clocked a match-high six blocks, including her ninth solo stop of the year. Senior Jasamine Pettie and sophomore Nichole Stilwell each added 11 kills to the Falcons' total, while hitting above .240.
After collecting just five service aces during the first five matches of conference play, Air Force matched that total tonight. Sophomore Caroline Kurtz tallied a pair of aces, while sophomore Stephanie Stanford, junior Katie Batchelder and senior Kristina Stewart recorded the other three.
Freshman Victoria Martinez led the Falcons with 17 digs, while sophomore Jessica Hellmann nearly reached a double-digit dig total with nine. In addition, Hellmann accounted for 20 assists and Stanford added 18.
Air Force closes out non-conference action next weekend as it travels to Chicago State on Friday, Oct. 10, and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Saturday, Oct. 11.