Air Force Loses at Home to BYU, 3-1
Nov. 2, 2002
After winning game one, the Air Force volleyball team dropped the next three games to lose a Mountain West match to BYU, 3-1 (35-33, 24-30, 25-30, 24-30). It was the seventh consecutive loss for the Falcons, who fall to 8-17 overall and 2-7 in the league.
The Falcons appeared to be in the driver's seat after winning game one. The Cougars trailed 29-25, but fought off four straight game points to tie the score. After the teams exchanged points, the Falcons finally won the game 35-33 on an assisted block by Kristin Hamlett and Delavane Diaz.
The Falcons lost momentum in game two during a 15-minute delay. The Cougars made an illegal substation that wasn't caught for two plays. The delay was caused when BYU's head coach protested the ruling by the officials and time was spent checking the NCAA rule book. Despite the delay, the Falcons kept the game close. The score was tied, 22-22, when BYU rattled off six straight points to put the game out of reach.
Games three and four were similar to game two, with the Falcons staying close, followed by a big run by the Cougars to put the game away. In game three, the score was 11-11, when the Cougars ran 10 straight to make the score 21-11. In game four, the Falcons trailed by just two late in the game, when BYU scored four straight to clinch the match.
Freshman Kristin Hamlett had 20 kills to lead all hitters. She had just three errors on 30 attacks, hitting a solid .567 percent. Tiffany Bishop added 15 kills, while Lamecca Jefferson notched 14. Jaime Beatty had eight kills to lead the Falcons and Kristin Huitt had 55 assists. The Falcons notched a .228 hitting percentage (63k-30e-145a) and had 11 team blocks.
The Cougars had four players in double figures in kills. Allison Larson had a team high 18 kills. Laura Nielson and Kimberly Wilson each added 15 kills, while Erin Webb had 11. Uila Crabbe had nine digs and Karina Puikkonen had 61 assists. The Cougars hit .372 for the match and had 18 team blocks.
The Falcons will be back in action on Nov. 8, when they travel to Laramie to take on Wyoming in a conference match.