Oct. 17, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Air Force volleyball team accounted for its best hitting percentage of the conference season tonight (.246) during a four-set loss at Mountain West newcomer San Jose State on Thursday, Oct. 17. After winning the first set 25-14, the Falcons fell in straight 25-21, 25-18, 25-23 sets to the host Spartans.
The Falcons, who hit over 200 during three of four sets, accounted for its best single-match average in Mountain West play this season, bettering their previous high by 51 points.
Sophomore Maggie Sherrill paced all players with 15 kills, while hitting at a season-best clip of .448 and accounting for the Falcons' lone solo block. Junior Ayesha Hein, who recorded a team-best .579 average with 12 kills on 19 swings and just one error, recorded one of the team's four service aces and tied with senior Cami Richan for the team lead in blocks, with three (all assisted). Richan, junior Emma Dridge and sophomore Rachael Bradley Powers accounted for the team's other aces, while sophomore Rebecca Bates collected a team-high 18 digs and junior Hillary Keltner accounted for 38 of the team's 46 assists.
"Maggie and Ayesha hit great tonight," head coach Matt McShane said after the match. "In the end, we just didn't serve and pass as well as we would've liked, so San Jose State got to be in system quite a bit. There were some bright spots with some of our hitting and we really did a good job of scrambling for some plays at the end of the match, as we came back from quite a bit down to make the score, 23-25. We're still learning how to win and how to be a good volleyball team. We played with a lot of emotion tonight, so I'm pretty happy about that."
The Falcons remain in California for their next match, as they travel to Fresno State on Saturday (Oct. 19) for an 11 a.m. (PT) contest against the Bulldogs.