Oct. 10, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to UNLV during its return to action on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Academy's Cadet East Gym. Despite a match-leading 12 kills apiece from sophomores Akokwe Clement and Maggie Sherrill, the Falcons fell 26-24, 17-25, 21-25, 17-25 to the visiting Rebels.
The pair accounted for 24 of the team's 49 kills, while senior Cami Richan nearly reached the double-digit kill mark with nine and hit at a team-leading .261 clip (9k-3e-23a). Junior Hillary Keltner notched the 22nd double-double of her career, as she notched a team-high 38 assists and 12 digs.
Keltner was one of three Falcons to tallied double-digit dig totals, as senior Josalynn Wise and junior Emma Dridge added tallies of 11 and 10, respectively. Sophomore Raquel Rosas tallied a team-high four blocks (all assisted), while Richan (all assisted) and junior Ayesha Hein (one solo, two assisted) each added three.
Despite a pair of kills from Clement, Air Force found itself with an early 6-3 deficit. The Falcons responded with seven of the next eight points to take the 10-7 lead. Hein recorded a pair of service aces during Air Force's run, while Sherrill added a kill and Richan teamed up with Rosas for a block. Air Force maintained its three-point advantage behind kills from Clement (13-10) and Richan (14-11), as well as a solo block from Hein (16-13). The Rebels cut into the Falcons' lead, finally tying the set at 22. Several more deadlocked scores sent the set into extra time, with Rosas putting down the kill that secured Air Force the 26-24 victory.
UNLV struck early in the second set, putting the Falcons in a fast 10-3 hole. Hein, Rosas, Sherrill and Richan added kills, but the Rebels doubled up Air Force at 14-7. A kill from Keltner put the Falcons at the 10-point mark, while a 5-1 run helped Air Force cut its deficit to five (20-15). Richan added one additional kill, but the Rebels evened the match with a 25-17 win.
The third set started much like the second, while UNLV taking a quick 10-4 lead. Five different Falcons provided kills, as Air Force pulled within three at the 13-10 mark. Clement put down three kills and a UNLV attacking error that followed a diving dig into the stands by Keltner kept the Falcons within three (19-16). Sophomore Taylor Parker added a kill, but the Rebels claimed the 25-21 win.
Air Force struck first in the fourth set, earning kills from Rosas and Sherrill to take a quick 3-1 advantage. The Falcons remained in the lead with kills from Sherrill and Clement, but UNLV came back with a 7-0 run to even the score at nine and take the 11-9 lead. Air Force brought the score within four at 20-16, but three straight blocks by UNLV helped secure the 25-17 win for the Rebels.
The Falcons return to action on Saturday, Oct. 12, when they host San Diego State at 6 p.m.