Nov. 15, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Colorado State on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Academy. At the start of their final homestand of the season, the Falcons fell in straight 26-24, 25-22, 25-16 sets to the visiting Rams.
Freshman Felicia Clement paced all players with 15 kills, while leading the Falcons with a career-best .480 hitting percentage (15k-3e-25a). Junior Cami Richan also hit over .350, as she connected on nine of 17 swings, with just three errors. Sophomore Hillary Keltner assisted on 41 of the team's 49 kills, as Air Force out-killed CSU 49-46. The Falcons also earned a point from sophomore Emma Dridge, who recorded the team's lone service ace. Defensively, senior Maiya Perich paced all players with 12 digs, while freshman Raquel Rosas accounted for a personal-best four blocks (including one solo stop).
Air Force jumped out to a fast lead, as Clement and sophomore Ayesha Hein tallied kills for the first two points of the match. Perich collected her third kill of the year to give the Falcons a 3-1 advantage. CSU evened the set at three, but gave the Falcons the next point with a service error. The squads traded the next several points, with Air Force earning kills from Richan and freshman Maggie Sherrill. Rosas recorded a kill that put the Falcons up 8-6, while back-to-back kills from Clement and Hein, as well as an assisted block from Hein and Keltner, forced the Rams to call a timeout with the Falcons up 11-7. Clement, Richan and Sherrill accounted for kills, but CSU cut its deficit to one (14-13). Back-to-back scores from Richan and Rosas boosted the Falcons' lead, while a block from Clement and Rosas brought the Falcons' advantage to three (18-15). Kills from Rosas and Clement helped Air Force take a 20-17 lead, but Colorado State came back to even the set at 21. The Rams took the lead on the ensuing point, before Richan and Sherrill combined for a pair of scores that returned the lead to the home team at 23-22. CSU reached set-point at 24-23, before Richan put down a kill that tied at the set. The Rams earned the final two points to take the hard-fought opening set 26-24.
Keltner and Rosas teamed up for a block to open the second set, but Colorado State used a pair of aces to take a 3-1 lead. Clement tallied a pair of kills, but the Rams extended their lead to 7-4. The Falcons responded, as Richan put down a kill and teamed up with Hein for a block during back-to-back plays. A solo block from Rosas evened the set at eight. The teams traded points, with Air Force earning kills from Richan, Sherrill, Rosas and Clement. CSU jumped ahead 19-14, but Air Force scored four of the next five points to pull within two (20-18). Clement tallied a pair of kills during that run, while Sherrill added one and Richan and Rosas teamed up for a block. Clement tallied a kill and teamed up with Hein for a block, but Colorado State pulled away for the 25-22 win.
Clement put down the first point of the third set, while back-to-back scores from Hein gave Air Force an early 4-3 lead. Hein collected her third kill of the set to even the score at five, before Colorado State jumped out to a 10-6 lead. Rosas added a kill, but the Rams extended their lead to 13-9. Keltner tallied her first kill of the match, while freshman Rachael Bradley Powers recorded a score that put the Falcons at the 10-point mark. Dridge's service ace, along with kills from Richan and Sherrill cut the Rams' lead to three (16-13). Sherrill, Rosas and Clement added additional kills, but Colorado State took the 25-16 win to complete the season sweep.
The Falcons close out the home season on Saturday, Nov. 17, when they host Wyoming at 7 p.m.