Air Force Ends Season with 3-0 Loss at MWC Tournament
Nov. 21, 2007
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Air Force volleyball team concluded the 2007 season with a 3-0 loss to San Diego State in the play-in match of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Las Vegas, Nev. Junior Jasamine Pettie led the team with 11 kills, but the Falcons fell in straight 30-18, 30-16 and 30-24 sets to conclude the campaign.
Air Force found itself in an early hole, as San Diego State served up the first seven points. But the Falcons evened the score at 11, thanks to three service aces (two from Stephanie Stanford and one from Kim Kallabis). Air Force took the lead off of a solo block from Michelle Harrington - her second of the set. San Diego State tied the game and used a 15-2 run to secure the lead. A pair of kills by Pettie was the only scoring for Air Force during the Aztecs' run. The Falcons added two more points, but SDSU took the 30-18 game.
San Diego State took a 6-0 lead. Kills from Pettie, Harrington and Katie Batchelder broke up the early 16-5 advantage by the Aztecs. Batchelder added several more kills and an ace, while Nichole Stilwell added a solo block, but SDSU claimed the 30-16 win.
The Falcons used Pettie and Stilwell to collect an early 7-3 lead. Pettie accounted for a pair of kills, while Stilwell posted a kill and block. San Diego State tied things at seven, but a pair of kills by Jessica Hellmann returned the lead to the Falcons. Pettie added a kill and teamed up with Harrington for a block to extend the lead. San Diego State tied the set at 14 and took the lead on the ensuing points. Pettie, Batchelder and Hellmann added kills to tie the game at 21. SDSU regained the lead and despite kills from Harrington and Pettie and another block by Harrington, the Aztecs completed the sweep with a 30-24 victory.
Pettie's 11 kills tied for the best individual output in the match - on either side of the net. She also led the Falcons with a .364 hitting percentage. In addition to adding three kills, Hellmann led the team with 20 assists. In her final collegiate match, Morgan Dolan tallied 13 digs, while Batchelder added 11.
Harrington, who tallied a team-best four blocks, moved into the Academy's Division I single season record book. Her three solo blocks in the match gave her 17 on the year, which is 10th on the single-season list. Caroline Kurtz also moved into the program's single-season list. With six digs, Kurtz concluded her initial season with 230 - which is tied for seventh in Division I history.