Sep 4, 2013
The Air Force volleyball team heads to northern California this weekend for three matches. The Falcons (0-3) will face Long Beach State and San Francisco at the Bay Area Challenge in San Francisco on Sept. 6-7, before closing out the trip with a match at St. Mary's College in Moraga.
BAY AREA CHALLENGE INFORMATION
The Bay Area Challenge will be held Sept. 6-7 at San Francisco's War Memorial Gym and feature Air Force, Long Beach State, Miami and San Francisco. Live stats will be available for all matches at USFDons.com, while the Falcons' match with USF will be streamed live (fees may apply).
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
1:00 p.m.: Air Force vs Long Beach State
6:30 p.m.: Long Beach State vs San Francisco
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
11:00 a.m.: Air Force vs San Francisco
1:00 p.m.: Miami vs Long Beach State
7:00 p.m.: San Francisco vs Miami
WE'RE NOT DONE YET
Following the Falcons' 11 a.m. match with San Francisco on Saturday, Air Force will travel to Moraga to take on St. Mary's College at 7 p.m. Live stats and video streaming (fees may apply) will be available at SMCgaels.com.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Long Beach State, which is receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches' Poll, is currently 1-2 on the year. The 49ers defeated Illinois in its season opener, before falling to a pair of ranked teams in No. 18 Florida State and No. 17 Kentucky. Like Air Force, San Francisco is 0-3 on the season, having lost to Middle Tennessee, North Carolina and Notre Dame during its opening weekend. St. Mary's holds a 1-1 record on the short season, having split a pair of matches with Colorado last weekend in Boulder.
Air Force, which has never faced Long Beach State in competition, holds a 2-1 record against San Francisco and a 0-1 mark against St. Mary's. The Falcons last played the Dons in 2003 and haven't faced the Gaels since 1996.
BUSY TIMES AHEAD
The match with Long Beach State on September 6 begins a busy stretch for Air Force that features seven matches in the span of a week. Following the three matches this weekend in California, the Falcons will head east for four matches in three days.
KELTNER NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Hillary Keltner earned the first Air Force Athlete of the Week award of the 2013-14 academic year on Sept. 2, after a strong all-around performance at the Pioneer Classic. Keltner, who tallied a triple-double (10k-43a-17d) and hit at a .909 average against Denver on Aug 30, added double-doubles in the other two matches against UC Irvine (38a-25d) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (41a-27d) for a total of 15 kills, 122 assists, 69 digs and four blocks on the weekend.
A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON
Collecting 10 kills, 43 assists and 17 digs against Denver on Aug 30, Hillary Keltner became the first Air Force player since 1999 to record a triple-double in competition. She joins Shaylor Billings, who accounted for 15 kills, 12digs and 11 blocks against Colorado State on Nov. 5, 1999, as the only Air Force players to reach that impressive plateau since the program joined the Mountain West. Keltner is the 30th conference player to achieve the triple-double standard.
ONE MORE LESSON
Hillary Keltner also became just the fifth Falcon to reach 15 double-doubles in a career since the program joined the Mountain West in 1999. With 16 career double-doubles, Keltner joined Carly Siefken (15), Caroline Kurtz (24), Kristin Huitt (27) and Delavane Diaz (29) as the only players to reach that plateau.
Akokwe Clement NAMED TO PIONEER CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Following the Pioneer Classic, Akokwe Clement was selected to the all-tournament team by the votes from the three opposing coaches. Clement, who accounted for a team-leading 13 kills in each match, posted the most kills against Denver and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. For the weekend, Clement, who notched her first double-double against TAMUCC, accounted for 39 kills, 25 digs, three blocks, three assists and her first collegiate service ace.
The 106 points scored in the five-set loss to UC Irvine on Aug 31 tied for the program's fourth-highest single-match total since 25-point scoring began in 2008. In addition, the 29 points scored in the second set is tied for the fourth-most in a single-set.
JUST DIGGING AROUND
With 231 digs in the first three matches, the Falcons out-dug their opponents at the Pioneer Classic by 30. Air Force tallied a weekend-best 88 digs against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, highlighted by double-digit totals from Hillary Keltner (27), Emma Dridge (19), Rebecca Bates (11) and Akokwe Clement (10). Keltner and Dridge also surpassed the 10-dig plateau against Denver (17, 14) and UC Irvine (25, 19), while Bates added a 10-dig outing to her total against the Anteaters.
The Falcons' match with Denver marked the first time since 2008 that the Falcons didn't have a freshman in the starting rotation.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons continue non-conference action next week with four matches on the East Coast. Air Force will travel to Navy on Wednesday, Sept. 11, before facing No. 2 Stanford, Yale and Army at the second-annual Service Academy Challenge in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 12-13.