Nov. 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Air Force volleyball team dropped a 3-0 contest to New Mexico in Mountain West action on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Albuquerque, N.M. The Falcons fell in straight 25-18, 25-22, 25-15 sets to the host Lobos.
Sophomore Akokwe Clement and junior Ayesha Hein led the team with nine kills apiece, while junior Hillary Keltner assisted on 29 of the team's 34 scores. Senior Cami Richan accounted for three blocks (one solo, two assisted), while the defensive trio of sophomore Rebecca Bates (12), classmate Rachael Bradley Powers (11) and senior Josalynn Wise (10) paced the team in digs.
Sophomore Taylor Parker opened the match with a kill, while four errors by the Lobos helped Air Force to a 5-2 lead. Sherrill and Keltner added kills, but UNM closed the gap and eventually tied it at seven. Following a kill by Richan, New Mexico scored the six of the next seven points to take a 13-9 advantage. Hein put down back-to-back kills to pull the Falcons within two (13-11), but New Mexico used another run to take a 22-16 advantage. Parker and Clement each added another kill, but the Lobos took the opening set 25-18.
A solo block by Richan started the second set, while a pair of kills from Hein gave the Falcons a 5-4 lead. Another score by Hein evened the set at six, while kills from Parker tied score at seven and again at eight. A kill by Clement gave the Falcons a 10-9 lead, while Clement and Hein added kills that evened the score at 13 and 14, respectively. New Mexico took a three-point lead (19-16), before Richan and Parker teamed up for a block to spark a stretch that saw Air Force even the score at 22. Clement put down three kills, but New Mexico tied the final three points to take the 25-22 lead.
New Mexico took an early 6-0 lead in the third, before kills from sophomore Raquel Rosas and Clement put the Falcons on the board (7-4). The Lobos used another long scoring run to extend its lead to eight (12-4). Hein and Sherrill added scores, but New Mexico upped its advantage to 11 (17-6). Sherrill put down kills on back-to-back plays, while Parker and Richan teamed up for another block during a 3-0 run by the Falcons. Another kill from Sherrill put the Falcons at the 10-point mark. Parker, Sherrill and Hein added kills, but New Mexico completed the sweep with a 25-15 win.
The Falcons, who are in the middle of a five-match road trip, return to action on Friday, Nov. 22, when they head to Reno, Nev., to take on Nevada at 7 p.m. (PST).