Aug. 28, 2008
The Air Force volleyball team opens the 2008 campaign on Sunday, Aug. 31, hosting the first of three straight tournaments at the Academy. The Falcons welcome Buffalo, Kennesaw State and Southern Mississippi to Clune Arena. The teams will play four matches on Sunday, followed by two on Monday (Sept. 1).
Tournament Notes 01
Watch and Listen
Air Force fans can watch and listen to Sunday's matches. `GameTracker' and video streaming will be available, along with a live broadcast from KAFA. `GameTracker' and video streaming will also be available on Monday.
By the Numbers
Air Force has never faced Buffalo or Kennesaw State and holds a 1-0 record against Southern Mississippi.
Welcome to the Show
The Falcons added four Falcons to the roster this season, including a trio of Colorado natives. Jennifer Kagarise (Monument), Victoria Martinez (Thornton) and Jasmine Sapp (Arvada) join Allison Laning (Oswego, Ill.) as the Falcons' newest class.
Home Sweet Home
The Falcons are hoping for "Home Court Magic" this season, as 19 of their 29 regular-season matches will take place at the Academy. In fact, Air Force won't leave even leave the confines of Clune Arena until the end of September, as it is home for the first four weeks of the season.
Lawanson Added to Coaching Staff
Air Force added Ruth Lawanson to its coaching staff in late July. Lawanson, the former head coach at Angelo State University (Texas), was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team that won the bronze medal at the Barcelona games. She spent four seasons with the U.S. National Team, including stints on the 1991 World Cup squad that earned a bronze medal in Japan and the 1990 World Championships team that won a bronze medal in China.
Leading the Way
Seniors Jasamine Pettie and Kristina Stewart will share captaincy duties this season. It is the second year that Pettie has served as a co-captain, as she also served in this capacity last year.
Hey Look, We're on TV
The Air Force volleyball team's Oct. 30 match at Wyoming will be televised by The Mtn. - Mountain West Sports Network, the conference office announced today (July 14). It will mark the second regular season television appearance for the Falcons, who made their debut during last season's match with the Cowgirls in Laramie.
Falcons Picked Ninth in MWC Preseason Poll
Air Force was picked to finish ninth in the Mountain West Conference, according to the preseason poll conducted by the nine head coaches and five media members. Colorado State collected 125 points to enter the season as the overwhelming favorite. With 95 points, Utah was picked to finish second, while BYU (82) and New Mexico (81) finished third and fourth, respectively. UNLV placed fifth with 63 points, while TCU (56), San Diego State (48), Wyoming (28) and Air Force (15) round out the field.