Air Force Succumbs to Nation?s Longest Home Win Streak
GREELEY, Colo. -- The nation's longest home winning streak was too much for the Air Force volleyball team, as the Falcons dropped a 3-0 decision to Northern Colorado on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Greeley, Colo. Air Force Sophomore Brooke Akers (Desert Hot Springs, Calif.) shined for the Falcons, with 14 kills. With the 30-17, 30-21, 30-16 win, the Bears extend their win streak at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion to 30 matches.
A 5-0 run by Northern Colorado set the pace of the first game. Senior Rebecca Gallegos (Las Vegas, N.M) and sophomore Brooke Akers (Desert Hot Springs, Calif.) led the team with seven combined kills, but unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the Bears took the first set by a 30-17 margin.
Akers opened the scoring in the second set and freshman Kristina Stewart (Glendale, Calif.) helped give Air Force a 2-1 lead. A 6-0 run by UNC put the Falcons at the disadvantage and the Bears went on to claim the set, 30-21.
The Falcons took the first point of the third set from an error. Northern Colorado earned four straight points, but an error and a kill by Carly Siefken (Beaverton, Ore.) brought the Falcons within one. The teams continued to trade points, until UNC went on a scoring surge to claim the 30-16 victory.
Akers led the Falcons with 14 kills (one shy of her season high), while Gallegos put down six. Siefken accounted for two kills and 21 assists, while Rebecca Gerton (San Leandro, Calif.) added a pair of service aces.
Air Force returns to action on Friday-Saturday (Sept. 16-17), when they host the second annual All-Armed Forces Tournament at Clune Arena. The Falcons will take on service academy foes, Army, Navy and The Citadel. Action begins at 4:30 p.m., when Army and The Citadel face off.