Oct. 29, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Despite another solid outing by freshman Annalyse Schmitt, the Air Force volleyball team opened the second half of the Mountain West Conference season with a 3-0 loss to TCU on Friday, Oct. 29, at the Academy's Falcon Court at East Gym. The Falcons fell in straight 25-21, 25-18, 25-21 sets to the visiting Horned Frogs.
Pacing the Falcons with 12 kills, Schmitt was the only Air Force player to tally a double-digit kill total. Connecting on 12 of 31 swings, while committing just four errors, she recorded a hitting percentage of .258 - her second-best average of the season when recording more than 20 attempts. Schmitt also accounted for one of the squad's five service aces.
"Annalyse did a great job tonight," head coach Matt McShane said. "She hit .258 and that's two straight matches for her hitting over .250. We set her a lot and she is really stepping up and getting a lot more kills than she did earlier in the year. She's no longer a freshman, volleyball-wise. She has earned that right."
Seniors Caroline Kurtz and Nichole Stilwell added kill totals of nine and eight, respectively, as the pair joined Stilwell to account for 29 of the Falcons' 35 total kills. In addition to her eight kills, Stilwell added a pair of assisted stops. Senior Jessica Hellmann posted27 assists, while classmate Kelly Spencer led the team with 14 digs. Sophomore Maiya Perich added 11 digs, while tallying a pair of service aces.
"We need to be more consistent," McShane said continued. "There were times our passing was very good, and other times ... let's just say it was inconsistent. We took more swings than TCU, but now we just need to get more kills. We tried a new defense tonight and it worked great. We dug a lot more balls against them than we would have with the old defense."
The Falcons close out a three-match homestand on Sunday, Oct. 31, with a nationally televised match against New Mexico. The match, which will feature a Halloween theme and be broadcast live on CBS-College Sports, is slated to begin at 4 p.m.