LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Air Force volleyball team wrapped up the 2017 campaign with a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over UNLV on Saturday (Nov. 18) afternoon. After dropping the first two sets by 22-25, 19-25 margins, the Falcons captured the next two sets (26-24, 25-20) to force a fifth-set that saw Air Force rally from five down and hold off three match-points for a 17-15 victory.
With the win -- the Falcons' first-ever victory in Las Vegas -- the Falcons matched the 2014 squad for the most conference wins in Air Force Division I history (seven) and the most overall wins since 2003 (14).
Junior Abigail Miksch paced the Falcons with 15 kills, while senior Piper Heineck (14), sophomore Denise Ssozi (11) and junior Lauren Heldt (10) also accounted for double-digit kill totals. Heldt, who registered 10 kills on 22 attempts, with just two errors, tied for the match-lead with .364 hitting. Freshman Alex King registered the second 20-dig match of her career, while Ssozi (15) and junior Shanleigh Conlan (11) also surpassed the 10-dig mark for a pair of double-doubles (Conlan: 46 assists). Heineck accounted for seven blocks (one solo, six assisted) and Heldt added six (one solo, five assisted), while freshman Jordan Daniels rounded out the Falcons' stat leaders with three service aces.
A complete recap will be available later at GoAirForceFalcons.com