Falcons Drop Tight Match to Boise State
Oct. 27, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force volleyball team opened the second half of the Mountain West season with a narrow loss to Boise State on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Academy. In their only match of the week, the Falcons dropped all three sets by just two points (25-23, 26-24, 27-25).
Freshman Felicia Clement posted a team-leading eight kills, while classmates Taylor Parker and Maggie Sherrill each added seven. Parker, who led the team in blocks with five (one solo, four assisted), also paced the team in hitting with a .294 average (7k-2e-17a). Senior Maiya Perich tallied a team-high 16 digs, while tallying one of the team's two service aces (freshman Rebecca Bates had the other), and sophomore Hillary Keltner recorded 30 assists.
Boise State struck first and, despite a tying block from Parker and Keltner on the next point, the Falcons were forced to played catch-up with the Broncos, who jumped out to a fast 10-5 lead. The pair teamed up for another block as Air Force pulled within two (11-9), but Boise State responded to take another five-point advantage (14-9). Parker assisted on a kill by Keltner three plays later, which sparked a 4-0 run by the Falcons that saw Keltner, Clement and sophomore Ayesha Hein put down a kill. An attacking error by the Broncos evened the set at 15. Boise State jumped ahead again, before scores from Sherrill and junior Cami Richan evened the set 19. The Falcons took the lead on the next point off of a block by Parker and Sherrill and went up two (21-19) off of freshman Rachael Bradley Powers' first collegiate kill. The Broncos responded with four of the next five points to go up 23-22, before Keltner stopped the run with a kill. Back-to-back scores by the Broncos gave the visitors the 25-23 win.
The second set started much like the first, with Boise State striking first and eventually doubling up the Falcons at the 10-5 mark. Clement, Richan and Hein provided the Falcons' opening offense, while Richan teamed up with Parker for a block. The Broncos extended their lead to seven (13-6), before Air Force pulled it back to four with kills from Parker, Keltner and Clement (14-10). A block by Hein and Keltner kept the score within four (16-12), while freshman Rebecca Bates recorded a kill to cut the score to three (16-13). Air Force kept cutting away at the Broncos' advantage, bringing the score within two (17-15) following a block by Hein and Richan. A kill from Sherrill brought the score to within one (19-18), while a tally from Clement equalized the set at 23-all. Air Force took the lead on the ensuing point off of a Clement/Hein block, but Boise State took the final three points for the 26-24 win.
A kill from Parker put the Falcons on the board first in the third set, while a score from Clement evened the game at two. The two teams traded the next several points, as Sherrill tallied a pair of kills that tied the set at five and six, while Parker added a score that evened things at seven. Clement, Parker and Keltner tallied three of the next four points to give Air Force a 10-8 lead, while an ace from Perich put the Falcons up four (11-8). Boise State responded to tie the set at 11, while Hein gave the Falcons' back the lead with a kill at the 12-11 mark. Boise State took the lead, but Sherrill evened the set at 14 and Parker tied the set at 16. Attacking errors by the Broncos gave the Falcons a one-point advantage at the 19-18 and 20-19 marks, before Clement added an offensive point to put Air Force up 21-20. Boise State went ahead 23-22, but a kill from Hein evened the set at 23. Errors by the Broncos put the Falcons at set-point at the 24-23 and 25-24 marks, but Boise State earned the final three scores to win 27-25.
The match featured 31 ties and 17 lead changes, including 22 ties and 11 lead changes in the final set.
Air Force returns to action next Thursday (Nov. 1), when it hosts New Mexico at 7 p.m. It will be the only match of the week for the Falcons.