Nov. 14, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Despite recording a season-best 66 kills, the Air Force volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Wyoming on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Laramie. Senior Cami Richan, junior Ayesha Hein and sophomore Maggie Sherrill combined for 43 kills during the Falcons' 25-22, 23-25, 15-25, 22-25 loss to the host Cowgirls.
Richan led all players with 16 kills, while Sherrill and Hein added respectively totals of 14 and 13. The trio combined for 43 of the team's kills, as Air Force out-killed the Cowgirls 66-57. Junior Hillary Keltner recorded the 23rd double-double of her career, as she recorded 51 assists and 15 digs. She was one of two Falcons to surpass the 10-dig mark, as sophomore Rachael Bradley Powers led the team with 18. Classmate Rebecca Bates, junior Emma Dridge and senior Josalynn Wise nearly reached the 10-dig plateau, as they all tallied nine. Highlighted by a pair of solo blocks, sophomore Akokwe Clement paced the team with three blocks.
The match opened with a solo block by Clement, while a kill by sophomore Taylor Parker helped the Falcons take a 3-1 lead. After the Cowgirls evened the set at four, the squads traded the next several points, as Air Force earned its scores off of kills from Clement, Keltner and Richan. Wyoming took a two-point advantage at the 13-11 mark, but the Falcons scored the next five points to take a 16-13 lead. Clement, Sherrill and Hein accounted for scores during that run, while an additional pair of kills from Sherrill and Richan put Air Force ahead 20-15. Wyoming made a run of its own to even the score at 20, but Clement and Hein teamed up for four of the final five points to give Air Force a 25-22 victory.
Sophomore Raquel Rosas put down the first point of the second set, while Richan, Hein and Sherrill added scores to tie the set at four. The Cowgirls scored the next four points to double up the Falcons (8-4) and maintained a four-point lead despite kills from Sherrill, Rosas, Hein and Dridge (12-8). Hein and Sherrill added scores, but Wyoming extended its advantage to six at 20-14. While the opening set featured a 5-0 run by Wyoming that evened the score at 20, the second set saw Air Force use a 6-0 run to deadlock the set at 20. Richan, Hein and Clement put down kills during the Falcons' run, while Keltner recorded a solo block and Hein and Clement teamed up for another stop. A Keltner kill kept the score even at 21 and Sherrill added another score to tie the set at 23, but the Cowgirls claimed the final two points for the 25-23 win.
Wyoming took a fast lead in the third set, jumping out to an 11-3 lead. Keltner scored half of the Falcons' next eight points, including a score that put Air Force at the 10-point mark. Sherrill (two), Clement and Richan added scores, but the Cowgirls took the set by a 25-15 margin.
A kill from Parker put the Falcons on the board in the fourth set, while a block by Hein and Sherrill tied the set at four. Sherrill also put down kills that evened the set at six and seven, while a pair of kills from Richan gave Air Force a 9-8 lead. Wyoming used a 5-1 run to retake 13-10 lead, before the two teams traded the next seven points. The Falcons earned kills from Hein, Sherrill, Parker and Richan, while Clement's second solo block of the night pulled Air Force within one (16-15). The Cowgirls used another run to go ahead 21-17. Kills from Keltner (22-20), Parker (23-21) and Richan (24-22) kept the Falcons within two, but Wyoming received the final point for the 25-22 win.
The Falcons return to action tomorrow night (Nov. 15), when they travel to Fort Collins, Colo., to take on 10th-ranked Colorado State at 7 p.m.