Nov. 21, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - Despite a match-best 13 kills from freshman Felicia Clement, the Air Force volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Fresno State on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Competing in Fresno, Calif., for the first time as Mountain West opponents, the Falcons fell in 25-14, 25-16, 25-18 sets to the Bulldogs.
Clement led all players with 13 kills - three more than any other participant - and was one of two Falcons to hit over .340 for the match (13k-2e-32a). Junior Cami Richan paced Air Force with a .350 average, connecting on eight of 20 attempts, while committing just one error. Junior Hillary Keltner accounted for 26 assists, while freshman Rachael Bradley Powers notched the team's lone service ace. Defensively, senior Maiya Perich accounted for 16 digs, while sophomore Ayesha Hein (one solo-one assisted) and freshman Raquel Rosas (two assisted) paced the team with a pair of blocks.
Fresno State scored the opening point, but Clement and Rosas teamed up for a block to put the Falcons on the board. Clement and Hein tallied kills, but the Bulldogs took a 6-3 advantage over the Falcons. Freshman Maggie Sherrill collected her first score of the set, while Rosas put down a kill to bring Air Force within one at 8-7. Fresno State extended its lead to 11-7, but a pair of kills from Clement bookended a score by Hein to bring Air Force back within one (11-10). The Bulldogs broke the set open with a 12-2 run, before Richan stopped their run with an offensive point for Air Force. Sophomore Victoria Foster added an additional kill, but Fresno State took the opening set by a 25-14 margin.
Air Force received the first point of the second set, while a block from Rosas and Keltner gave Air Force a 2-1 advantage. Fresno State responded with two straight points, but Air Force took a 5-3 lead behind kills from Keltner and Clement. The Bulldogs evened the score at five and tallied six of the next eight points to take an 11-7 lead. Air Force scored the next two points behind a kill from Richan and a service ace from Bradley Powers, but Fresno State extended its advantage to 14-9. A kill from Keltner put the Falcons at the 10-point mark, while Clement earned a pair of scores to help Air Force cut its deficit to four (16-12). Richan tallied the Falcons' final two kills, as the Bulldogs took the set 25-16.
Clement provided all of the Falcons' scores during the opening minutes of the third set, as Fresno State jumped out to a 9-3 lead. Richan had a hand in the next two points, teaming up on a block with Hein and tallying a kill for Air Force's fifth point (11-5). Foster scored on the ensuing point and added another score during a 7-1 run by Fresno State (18-7). A kill by Clement sparked a 5-0 run by the Falcons, which included two more kills by Clement and a solo block by Hein. Kills from Keltner, Clement, Richan and Foster helped cut the Falcons' deficit to four (21-17), while another score by Richan kept the mark at four (22-18), but Fresno State tallied the final three points for the 25-18 victory.
Air Force closes out the 2012 campaign on Friday, Nov. 23, when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to take on UNLV at 4 p.m.