Volleyball Team Heads to Kansas for Wildcat Classic
U.S.A.F. ACADEMY, Colo., (Sept. 7) - The Air Force volleyball team travels to Manhattan, Kansas, Sept. 8-9 for the Wildcat Classic, the team's second tournament of the season. The Falcons open the tournament Friday night at 5 p.m. with a match against Virginia Tech. Saturday, the team will face the host school, Kansas State, at noon, followed by a game against Bradley at 5 p.m. It will be the Falcons' first ever meeting versus all three opponents.
The Falcons are 2-1, coming off a second-place finish at the Air Force Invitational last weekend. After sweeping Jacksonville State and Lehigh, the team lost to Mississippi State in the fifth game of the championship match. Shaylor Billings and Ana-Marie Ortega both had outstanding tournaments. In 11 games, Billings had 45 kills, 21 digs and 11 total blocks, while Ortega had 35 kills and 42 digs. Both were selected to the all-tournament team.
Also selected to the all-tourney team was freshman Delevane Diaz, a surprise force for the Falcons. Diaz had 42 kills, 34 digs and nine service aces. Freshman setter Kristin Huitt leads the team with 109 assists.
"We are playing as well as we were last season, yet we have so much untapped potential," head coach Penny Lucas-White said. "We are deeper than we have ever been. I am excited about what is happening."
vs. Kansas State: The Wildcats were ranked 20th in the nation before being upset by BYU (3-1). KSU had been 3-1 before the loss to the Cougars, having lost to Washington State in five games in the finale of the WSU Cougar Classic. The team is lead by frosh phenom Kari Jensen, who has 81 kills and 69 digs in 20 games. Disney Bronnenberg is the team's setter, and has 247 assists.