Sept. 21, 2004
The Air Force volleyball team faces a grueling stretch of competition this weekend with three matches in as many days. The Falcons (3-4) begin on Thursday, Sept. 23, when they host Texas Pan-American at the Cadet East Gym, in the first meeting ever between the two programs. Air Force heads north the very next day (Sept. 24) to open the Mountain West Conference season at defending league champion and ninth-ranked Colorado State. The Falcons wrap up their wild weekend on Saturday (Sept. 25), when they travel to Wyoming for another 7 p.m. conference match.
Complete Match Notes
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TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN (4-5)
After opening the season with three straight wins, Texas Pan-American has dropped five of its last six to stand at 4-5 on the year ... sophomore Heather Bravo leads the team with 110 kills and a 3.55 kpg average ... three Lady Broncs have already recorded over 100 digs and they are led by sophomore Carol Marcango, who averages 6.37 digs per game ... UTPA will travel to Prairie View A&M on Wednesday, Sept. 22, before heading to the Academy of Sept. 23. This is the first meeting ever between the Air Force and Texas Pan-Am programs.
COLORADO STATE (8-1)
No. 9 Colorado State is in the midst of an eight-match winning streak to stand at 8-1 on the season ... the Rams only loss this season came at the hands of then fifth-ranked Minnesota (3-1) in the season opener ... Tess Rogers (108) and Katie Shirley-Cahoon (104) lead the team in kills, while Melissa Courtney leads the conference in assists with 433 ... CSU has won 10 straight conference matches dating back to last season.
With a win over Gonzaga, the Cowgirls improved to 5-5 on the season under first-year head coach Pat Stangle ... Sara Maytorena leads the team and Mountain West Conference in kills, with 159 for a 4.42 per game average ... as a team, the Cowgirls lead the conference in hitting percentage with a .293 average (583k-179e-1381a) ... Wyoming will face New Mexico on Friday (Sept. 24) before hosting Air Force on Saturday.
CIC TROPHY - VOLLEYBALL STYLE
If there was a Commander in Chief's trophy for volleyball, it would have a permanent home in Colorado Springs. With its recent victories over Army and Navy, Air Force moved to 15-1 all-time against its service-academy rivals. The Falcons are 9-1 against the Black Knights and an unblemished 8-0 against the Mids. In individual games, Air Force is 29-8 all-time against Army and 23-3 against Navy. Current head coach Penny Lucas-White is a perfect 6-0 against the academy from West Point and 8-0 against the team from Annapolis.
NEAR THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN...
The Mountain West Conference, that is. Freshman Brooke Akers is ranked second in the MWC with an overall hitting percentage of .647. Against Tulsa in the season-opening match, Akers tallied 13 kills on 17 attempts, while committing just two errors. In other statistical news, senior Lamecca Jefferson is tied for third in the league with 16 kills in a three-game match (vs. Northern Colorado). In four-game matches, junior Carly Siefken is tied for second with 58 assists, while Rebecca Gallegos is fourth in digs with 20.
MORE STATISTICAL NEWS
Air Force is ranked third in the conference for opponent hitting percentage, allowing its competition to hit just .165 against them.
THEY KEEP GOING AND GOING...
Air Force's 3-0 loss to Northern Colorado on Sept. 14 marked the first three-game match that the Falcons have played this season, snapping a streak of six extra-game sets. With six matches that have gone past three games, Air Force is nearly halfway to its Division I record of 14 extra-game matches that was set in 1999.
Sept. 22 -- The Air Force volleyball program wishes freshman Brooke Akers a very happy birthday!!
LUCKY NUMBER ... 16
There must be something about totaling 16 kills in a match, as four Falcons have hit that number on five occasions this season. Senior Molly White started the trend against Northwestern State and junior Kristin Hamlett matched it the very next day against La.-Lafayette. Freshman Brooke Akers tallied 16 against Navy, as did senior Lamecca Jefferson, who continued that trend in the Falcons' match against Northern Colorado. The quartet's 16 kills is tied for the second-best output on the team this season.
THE LEADERS OF THE PACK
Seniors Lamecca Jefferson and Molly White were selected as co-captains of the 2004 season. It is the ninth time in program history that two players have shared the position of captain.