Oct. 19, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Air Force volleyball team closed out the first half of the conference season with a straight-set loss to Colorado State on Friday, Oct. 19, in Fort Collins, Colo. The Falcons, who finished the opening round of league play with a 2-6 record in Mountain West play, fell in consecutive 25-20, 25-18, 25-15 sets.
Freshman Maggie Sherrill opened the match with a kill and added another strike to even the scores at two. A pair of kills from junior Cami Richan matched scores at four, and again at five, before three straight kills from freshman Felicia Clement gave the Falcons an 8-6 advantage and forced CSU to call its first timeout. Sherrill added another kill, but the Rams evened the score at 10. Air Force regained a three-point lead (13-10) behind kills from Sherrill and sophomore Hillary Keltner. Colorado State pulled within one at 14-13, but Keltner and Clement helped Air Force regain the three-point advantage (16-13). Richan added a kill, but the Rams used a 5-1 run to even the score at 17 and take the lead on the next point. A kill from Sherrill evened the set at 18, while another score from Clement deadlocked the score at 19. Keltner added an additional kill, but the Rams closed out the set on a 6-1 run to win the set 25-20.
Colorado State opened the second set with a 5-2 run, before a pair of kills from freshman Raquel Rosas helped the Falcons pull within one at the 7-6 mark. The Rams extended their lead to five (12-7), before Clement and Sherrill combined for a pair of kills to cut the Falcons' deficit to three (13-10). CSU took another five-point lead (15-10), but, once again, Air Force cut its deficit to three (17-14) behind Rosas' second block of the match (assisted by Keltner). The Rams scored the next five points, before freshman Taylor Parker notched a kill to halt Colorado State's run. CSU reached set-point at the 24-15 mark, but Air Force held the home team at 24 while adding three straight points, including a kill by Clement and a service ace from freshman Rebecca Bates, before falling 25-18.
A kill from Rosas was a part of a 3-0 start for the Falcons in the third set. A kill from Sherrill kept Air Force ahead by two at 4-2, but the Rams scored nine of the next 11 points to go up 11-6. Rosas stopped the Rams' run with the first service ace of her career. Sophomore Kristen Holt added a kill, but the Rams doubled up the Falcons at the 18-9 mark. Rosas and Keltner added kills and teamed up for another block, but the Rams took the set by a 25-15 margin.
Clement led the Falcons with eight kills, while Sherrill added seven. Rosas, who tallied a team-high .312 hitting percentage after connecting on six of 16 swings and committing just one error, also led the team with three blocks. Rosas and Bates accounted for the Falcons' two aces, while Keltner collected team-high totals in assists (18) and digs (8).
Air Force returns to the Academy next Saturday (Oct. 27) when it hosts Boise State for the final time as a Mountain West opponent. Action is slated to begin at 7 p.m., at Falcon Court at East Gym.