Nov. 23, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Air Force volleyball team closed out the 2012 season with a 3-0 loss to UNLV on Friday, Nov. 23, in Las Vegas, Nev. The Falcons, who finished with their most wins (9) since the 2003 season, fell in straight 19-25, 15-25, 19-25 sets to the host Rebels.
UNLV scored the first point of the match, but freshman Felicia Clement quickly responded with a pair of kills that helped even the set at two. Junior Cami Richan put down a kill sparked a three-point Air Force run that gave the Falcons a 5-4 lead. Richan added another kill that kept the score tied at six, while freshman Maggie Sherrill and Clement evened the score at eight and nine, respectively. An error by the Rebels put the Falcons up by one (10-9), but UNLV scored eight of the next 10 points to take a 17-12 advantage. Sherrill (kill) and sophomore Ayesha Hein (service ace) teamed up for a pair of points to bring Air Force's deficit to three (17-14). Sherrill collected her third kill of the set, while freshman Raquel Rosas and sophomore Hillary Keltner each claimed their first. Clement and Richan added scores, but the Rebels went on to take the 25-19 set.
Clement tallied the Falcons' first point of the second set, as the Rebels jumped out to an early 7-2 lead. Air Force scored three of the next five points to cut its deficit to 9-5 off of kills from Richan, Sherrill and Clement. UNLV scored nine of the next 11 points to take an 18-7 advantage, its streak broken up only by back-to-back scores from Clement and Hein. Air Force earned another pair of points, including another kill from Clement, as the Rebels extended their lead to 21-9. Sherrill had a hand in the next three Air Force points, as she scored a kill to put the Falcons at 10, teamed up with Rosas for a block on the ensuing point and added an additional score at the 22-12 mark. Keltner and sophomore Kristen Holt teamed up for a block, while Clement tallied one final kill, as UNLV won the set 25-15.
Freshman Taylor Parker opened the scoring and tallied two of the Falcons' first three points to start the third set. UNLV took the early lead, rolling out to a 14-5 advantage, but Air Force scored nine of the next 12 points to cut its deficit to three. During the beginning of the run, Parker and Hein tallied back-to-back kills, while Sherrill added another score (15-9). After giving one up a point to the Rebels, Keltner put down a kill that sparked a 4-0 Air Force run. Kills by Clement and Parker book-ended a service ace by sophomore Emma Dridge that first brought the score within three (16-13), while Parker and Keltner teamed up for a block to bring the score to 17-14. UNLV took control once again with a 5-1 run, before Hein put down a kill and teamed up with Richan for a blocks. Richan added one final kill, but UNLV took the final set by a 25-19 margin.
Several Air Force players posted the best individual totals of either team, including Clement, who led all players with 13 kills. Keltner accounted for a match-best 32 assists, while Hein and Dridge accounted for the only two aces of the match and senior Maiya Perich tied for the match-lead with 13 digs. In addition, Keltner led the Falcons with a pair of solo blocks, while Parker, who entered the game in the third set, hit at an .800 clip, connecting on four of five attempts with no errors.
The Falcons concluded the 2012 season with a 9-21 record (3-13 Mountain West).