Sept. 11, 2012
After spending the first three weeks of the season on the road, the Air Force volleyball team opens the 2012 home season this weekend with the first Air Force/Colorado Invitational. The Falcons will host four teams over a three-day span (Sept. 13-15) at Falcon Court at East Gym.
The Air Force/Colorado Invitational, which will take place at the Academy and in Boulder, will feature Air Force (3-6), Colorado (7-2), CSU Bakersfield (2-4), Norfolk State (2-8) and Washington State (7-2). Live stats will be available for all six matches at the Academy, while video streaming will be available at GoAirForceFalcons.com for the four Air Force matches. Single-match tickets are $5 ($2 for youth), while season tickets are $25 ($10 youth).
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
7:00 p.m.: Air Force vs. Colorado (at Air Force)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
12:00 p.m.: Washington State vs. Norfolk State (at Air Force)
2:00 p.m.: Air Force vs. CSU Bakersfield (at Air Force)
6:00 p.m.: CSU Bakersfield vs. Washington State (at Air Force)
8:00 p.m.: Air Force vs. Norfolk State (at Air Force)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
11:00 a.m.: Colorado vs. CSU Bakersfield (at Colorado)
3:00 p.m.: Colorado vs. Norfolk State (at Colorado)
7:00 p.m.: Air Force vs. Washington State (at Air Force)
7:00 p.m.: CSU Bakersfield vs. Norfolk State (at Colorado)
Colorado and Washington State will not face each other this weekend due to future PAC-12 matches.
Air Force has a winning all-time record against three of the four teams it will face this weekend, while splitting a six-match lifetime series with Colorado (3-3). The Falcons are 5-2 all-time against CSU Bakersfield and 1-0 against both Norfolk State and Washington State. With the exception of Norfolk State (2006), Air Force hasn't faced this weekend's opponents in over a decade. The Falcons last faced Colorado in 2000, while taking on CSU Bakersfield in 1992 and Washington State in 1981.
A LOOK AT THE CONFERENCE
Maiya Perich leads the Mountain West in digs, with a 5.36 per set average, while the team is ranked second at 15.36. Cami Richan is ranked third in kills (3.67 kps), while she and Hillary Keltner are ranked fourth in points (3.98 pps) and assists (9.61 aps), respectively.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE
Hillary Keltner leads the Mountain West in double-doubles after amassing six in the first nine matches.
PERICH BREAKS THE 1,000-DIG MARK
Maiya Perich became the first player since Amie Grabanski in 1995 to reach the 1000-dig plateau at the Academy. During a 30-dig performance against Army on Sept. 8, the program's Division I record-holder reached another milestone with her 1000th career dig. The 30-dig output was the second-best single-match total in DI history ... falling just shy of the 36 she recorded last year in a five-set contest at Denver.
CAN YOU DIG IT?
Air Force collected 93 total digs against the Black Knights, posting the program's highest total since a 95-dig performance against North Carolina A&T in 2007. Maiya Perich paced the Falcons with 30 digs, while Hillary Keltner recorded her first 20-dig match and Josalynn Wise added 10. Rebecca Bates, a defensive specialist who recorded her first collegiate kill against the Black Knights, narrowly missed a double-digit total with eight.
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
Five Falcons hit better than .300 against The Citadel on Sept. 8, with Hillary Keltner leading the squad with a .583 average (7k-0e-12a). Ayesha Hein averaged .467 (7-0-15), while Lizzy Carpenter posted a mark of .350 (9-2-20) and Victoria Foster added a total of .333 (11-3-24). Taylor Parker, the only non-sophomore of the group, rounded out the group of Air Force attackers with a .308 average (6-2-13).
WHAT A COMEBACK!
After dropping the first two sets (13-25, 14-25) to Navy on Sept. 7, the Falcons roared back to win the final threes (25-17, 25-17, 15-12) and take the match from the Mids. The win, the Falcons' first five-set victory since defeating Hofstra in 2010, improved Air Force to 10-1 all-time against their service academy counterparts from Navy.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force opens Mountain West play next week, hosting UNLV on Thursday, Sept. 20, and conference newcomer Fresno State on Saturday, Sept. 22. Both matches are slated for a 7:00 p.m., start at Falcon Court at East Gym.