Air Force Drops Road Contest at UNLV
Nov. 2, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Air Force volleyball team claimed its first "set" win at UNLV in over a decade during a 3-1 loss to the Rebels on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. Despite career-best marks from sophomores Akokwe Clement (18 kills) and Rachael Bradley Powers (16 digs), the Falcons fell by scores of 20-25, 25-23, 19-25 and 20-25 to the home team.
Clement led all players on both sides of the court, accounting for a career-best 18 kills, while Bradley Powers, in her third start at libero, recorded a personal-best total of 16 digs. Clement was one of two Falcons to reach double-figures in kills, as fellow sophomore Maggie Sherrill added 10.
Five Falcons hit at least .200 in the match, as junior Ayesha Hein led the squad with a .316 average. Sophomore Raquel Rosas and junior Hillary Keltner accounted for matching marks of .273, while Sherrill and senior Cami Richan both hit at a .200 clip. In addition to her eight kills on 19 swings with just two errors, Hein also accounted for five blocks (all assisted)
Bradley Powers and Keltner, who accounted for 40 of the team's 50 assists, were two of four Falcons to record a pair of service aces during the contest, joining junior Emma Dridge and senior Josalynn Wise.
The 25-23 win in the second set was Air Force's first game win on UNLV's home court since Oct. 9, 2003. During that set, the Falcons overcame a late six-point deficit (20-14) to even the score at 22, as a pair of service aces by Wise book-ended a kill from Clement. Following another tie at 23-all, kills from Keltner and Hein secured the victory for the Falcons at Cox Pavilion.
The Falcons return to action on Thursday, Nov. 7, when they face Mountain West newcomer Utah State for the first time in program history.