Aug. 22, 2011
The Air Force volleyball team opens the 2011 season this weekend with four matches at the second annual Kristen Dickmann Invitational in Annapolis, Md. The Falcons, under second-year head coach Matt McShane, will face Bowling Green and St. John's on Friday, Aug. 26, before wrapping up the weekend on Saturday, Aug. 27, against Iona and service academy rival Navy.
The Kristen Dickmann Invitational will be held Aug. 26-27 at the Wesley A. Brown Field House in Annapolis, Md. The two-day meet is named after a former Navy volleyball player (Class of 2011), who passed away in May 2008 due to cardiac arrhythmia. Live stats will be available for the Falcons' matches on Saturday only.
FRIDAY, AUG. 26
11 a.m.: Air Force vs. Bowling Green
1 p.m.: Iona vs. St. John's
3 p.m.: Bowling Green vs. Navy
5 p.m.: Air Force vs. St. John's
7 p.m.: Iona vs. Navy
SATURDAY, AUG. 27
11 a.m.: Bowling Green vs. St. John's
11 a.m.: Air Force vs. Iona
3 p.m.: Navy vs. St. John's
3 p.m.: Bowling Green vs. Iona
7 p.m.: Air Force vs. Navy
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Bowling Green went 8-24 in 2010, placing sixth in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference with a 2-14 league ledger, while St. John's finished 18-13 to tie for ninth (5-9) in the Big East. Iona finished the 2010 season with a 20-11 record and took second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 5-9 mark, while Navy posted a 7-23 overall mark and a 1-13 slate in Patriot League action to finish eighth.
Air Force is 8-1 all-time against service academy rival Navy. The Falcons had won eight straight contests over the Mids, before dropping their last meeting in 2005. Air Force and St. John's have met just once (2006), with the Red Storm holding a 1-0 advantage over the Falcons, and Air Force has never faced Bowling Green or Iona.
AIR FORCE IN SEASON OPENERS
The Falcons are 21-14 all-time in season openers, while head coach Matt McShane is 1-0 after defeating Long Island in last year's opening match.
LONE STAR STATE OF MIND
Over half of the Falcons' 13-player roster hails from the state of Texas. Casey Boyle (Dallas), Lizzy Carpenter (Murphy), Megan Clary (Sunnyvale), Emma Dridge (Allen), Victoria Foster (El Paso), Maiya Perich (Houston) and Josalynn Wise (Amarillo) all call Texas home.
THE YOUNG WILL LEAD
With just one junior, four sophomores and eight freshmen, Air Force is the youngest squad in the Mountain West.
FALCONS ON FACEBOOK
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WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons have a busy week ahead, playing four matches in as many days. Air Force opens its home slate on Tuesday, Aug. 30, when it hosts Northern Colorado at the Academy's East Gym. The Falcons then head to the Denver Invitational on Sept. 1-2.