April 16, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force junior Hillary Keltner was named the volleyball team's MVP for the second straight season, as the Falcons held their annual awards banquet last weekend at the Falcon Stadium Press Box. Keltner is the fifth Air Force player to earn the MVP honor in back-to-back years and the sixth to receive more than one such honor.
Keltner, who joins Cheryl DeVita (1981, 1983), Barb Martin (1984, 1985), Amie Grabanski (1994, 1995), Delavane Diaz (2001, 2002, 2003) and Kristin Hamlett (2004, 2005) as multiple award winners, had a remarkable junior season as the Falcons' setter, surpassing the 1000-assist mark for the second straight year.
Her 1,211 assists are ranked second on the program's Division I single-season list, while her 10.09 assists-per-game average in 2013 was ranked fifth. Keltner, who recorded over 50 assists in five matches, is now ranked second on the Division I career list (and sixth on the all-time career list) with 2,762 assists. Air Force's team captain provided all-around support to the team, accounting for 112 kills, a .263 hitting percentage, 11 service aces, 36 blocks (six solo, 30 assisted) and 299 digs. Keltner accounted for 25 double-doubles (assists, digs), as well as the Academy's first triple-double (kills, assists, digs) since 1999.
Three other awards were handed out by the coaching staff.
Junior Ayesha Hein was honored as the Offensive Player of the Year, while sophomore Rebecca Bates was named the program's Defensive Player of the Year. Fellow sophomore Maggie Sherrill rounded out the list of award winners with the program's Most Improved Award.
Hein concluded her collegiate eligibility with the Academy's DI record for career hitting percentage after accounting for an average of .288 (659k-211e-1554a). That mark, highlighted by the program's DI single-season record of .363 (352k-56e-542a) in 2013, is 48 points higher than any other player in Air Force's Division I history. Bates, who saw time as the team's libero this season, led the Falcons with 309 digs - a mark that is ranked sixth on the program's DI single-season list, while Sherrill, a two-time Air Force Athlete of the Week, hit over .500 in two matches last season, including a .545 (13k-1e-22a) average against Nevada.
The Falcons closed out the 2013 season with a pair of Mountain West victories to match their best conference win total (five) since moving to Division I. Air Force (8-24, 5-15 MW) defeated Wyoming, Boise State, Nevada, San Jose State and Fresno State at home during the conference season, while also earning non-MW wins over Navy, UC Riverside and Long Beach State, which was receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches' Poll at the time of the match.