Attacking Woes Harm Falcons at No. 14 Colorado State
Nov. 1, 2008
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Attacking miscues cost the Air Force volleyball team a 3-0 loss to No. 14 Colorado State on Saturday (Nov. 1) afternoon in Fort Collins, Colo. Tallying just eight kills, the Falcons fell in straight 25-8, 25-12, 25-7 sets to the Rams at Moby Arena.
Senior Kristina Stewart and junior Michelle Harrington led the Falcons with two kills apiece. Harrington, who also earned a service ace and assisted on one block, was the only Air Force player to post a positive hitting percentage (.083). Sophomore Stephanie Stanford led the team with six assists, while freshman Victoria Martinez collected a team-best eight digs. Sophomore Julia Hansen (solo) and senior Jasamine Pettie (assisted) also recorded blocks.
Colorado State struck first, rolling out to a quick 4-1 lead. Thanks to kills from sophomore Caroline Kurtz and junior Jocelyn Booker, the Falcons pulled within one at the 5-4 mark. Going on a 10-1 run, the Rams took a 15-5 advantage. Harrington and Pettie added an assisted block, but CSU claimed the 25-8 victory.
Pettie tallied the first point of the second set, but Air Force quickly found itself in a 9-2 hole. Hansen recorded the first solo block of her young career, as Air Force pulled within five at the 10-5 mark. Colorado State extended its lead, but a service ace by Harrington put the Falcons over the 10-point plateau. The Rams maintained their lead and won with a 25-12 advantage.
A net violation by Colorado State put the Falcons on the board first in the final set, but CSU jumped out to a 12-2 advantage behind 10 straight serves from the Rams' Jacque Davisson. Harrington and Batchelder each added a kill, but Colorado State rolled to the 25-7 win.
Air Force, who was out-blocked 12-2, was unable to overcome the Rams' .400 hitting accuracy.
The Falcons are off from competition next weekend and return on Thursday, Nov. 13, when they host New Mexico at the Academy's Clune Arena.