Sep 9, 2013
The Air Force volleyball team heads east this week for four matches, including the second-annual Service Academy Challenge. The Falcons will first travel to Annapolis, Md., for a single match against service academy rival Navy on Wednesday, Sept. 11, before heading to Washington, D.C., to face Army, Yale and eighth-ranked Stanford at the Service Academy Challenge on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Friday, Sept. 13.
NAVY MATCH INFORMATION
Air Force's match with Navy on Wednesday, Sept. 11, will take place at Wesley Brown Field House. Live stats will be available at www.NavySports.com. A live video stream of the match will also be available for free at that site, courtesy of the Patriot League Network. The Midshipmen are 3-4 on the year, most recently splitting a four-match weekend at the Mountaineer Invitational in West Virginia (defeated Norfolk State and Canisius, lost to Fordham and West Virginia).
SERVICE ACADEMY CHALLENGE INFORMATION
The second annual Service Academy Challenge, which will feature teams from Air Force, Army, Stanford and Yale, will take place at the Pentagon Athletic Center in Arlington, Va. There will be no live stats or video for any match and, due to security restrictions at The Pentagon, all spectators have already been selected and screened.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
4:00 p.m.: Air Force vs. Stanford
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
10:00 a.m.: Stanford vs. Yale
12:00 p.m.: Air Force vs. Army
5:00 p.m.: Army vs. Stanford
7:00 p.m.: Yale vs. Air Force
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
12:00 p.m.: Yale vs Army
SCOUTING THE TOURNAMENT OPPONENTS
Stanford, which fell from second to eighth in this week's AVCA Coaches Poll following a 1-2 weekend, is currently 2-2 on the season. The Cardinal swept Pacific in a mid-week matchup, before falling to sixth-ranked Texas and eighth-ranked Florida at the Big Four Classic in Austin. At 2-5 on the year, Army is coming off of 1-2 weekend at the Valparaiso Tournament, where the Black Knights lost to Valparaiso and Eastern Michigan, before sweeping Rhode Island. Yale opened the season last weekend with a 2-1 record during its home tournament with Missouri (lost), Colgate (won) and Seton Hall (won).
Although Air Force has never faced Stanford in competition and has faced Yale just once (3-0 Air Force win 1998), the Falcons have a long history with their service academy rivals. Air Force holds a near-perfect record (10-1) against Navy, while maintaining a 9-5 advantage over Army. The Falcons face both programs last year at the Service Academy Challenge, defeating Navy in five and falling to Army in four.
NEVER A DULL MOMENT
The Falcons are in the midst of busy stretch of the season that includes seven matches in the span of a week. Following matches against Long Beach State, San Francisco and Saint Mary's in California on Sept. 6-7, Air Force will face Navy, Stanford, Army and Yale on the East Coast on Sept. 11-13.
FALCONS STUN #28 LONG BEACH STATE
Air Force claimed its first victory of 2013 with a dramatic 3-2 win over 28th-ranked Long Beach State on Sept. 6 at the Bay Area Challenge. Highlighted by 14 service aces, the Falcons downed the 49ers 22-25, 25-15, 25-27, 25-22, 15-11 during the first meeting between the two programs.
RICHAN SERVES UP AN ACADEMY RECORD
Senior Cami Richan recorded eight service aces during the Falcons' five-set win over Long Beach State on Sept. 6, accounting for a new Air Force Division I single-match record. Richan's eight aces, five of which came during a stretch of six serves, broke the previous record of seven that former Falcons Delavane Diaz (2003) and Katie Batchelder (2007) held. Her total was just one shy of the program's all-time record that Erin Carmichael set during the 1990 season.
WHAT'S ON DECK
After three straight weeks on the road, Air Force opens the home portion of the season next week. The Falcons will face New Mexico at Cadet East Gym on Thursday, Sept. 19, for their first Mountain West match of the year, before closing out the non-conference season on Saturday, Sept. 21, with matches against UC Riverside and Utah Valley.