Sept. 24, 2012
The Air Force volleyball team closes out a seven-match homestand tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 25), when it hosts in-state rival Denver in its final non-conference match of the season. The Falcons return to Mountain West action on Friday (Sept. 28) when they head to Boise State to take on the Broncos.
Tuesday's match at the Academy begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Single-match tickets are $5 ($2, youth) and live stats and video will be available at GoAirForceFalcons.com. Friday's match in Boise also begins at 7 p.m., at Bronco Gym. Single-match tickets are $6 ($4, ages 2-18 and over 62) and live stats and video will be available at broncosports.com.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Currently 8-5 on the year, Denver is coming off of a 2-0 weekend with WAC wins over UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech at home. Colleen King currently leads the Pioneers with 131 kills and a 2.98 kills-per-set average, while Faimie Kingsley averages 1.61 blocks per set (71 total). The Pioneers have faced three former Air Force opponents this season, having defeated The Citadel, Army and Navy in early September. Air Force is 33-10 all-time against Denver.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS
Boise State, in its final season as a Mountain West opponent, is 7-9 on the year and 0-2 in conference play. The Broncos are coming off of a pair of five-set losses to Fresno State and UNLV during the opening weekend of league action. The Broncos held a 2-0 lead over the Bulldogs, before falling in five, and forced a fifth set with the Rebels by coming back from a 0-2 deficit. Liz Harden (3.62kps) and Alyssa Gammel (3.46kps) both average more than three kills per set, while Brittany Reardon holds a blocks-per-set average of over one. Boise State is 4-0 all-time against Air Force.
KELTNER NAMED AF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Hillary Keltner, who became the seventh Division I player in Academy history to record 1000 career assists on Sept. 20 and helped the Falcons to their first Mountain West victory in two years on Sept. 22 was selected as the Air Force Athlete of the Week on Sept. 24. She is the third volleyball player to earn the department's weekly award this season.
FALCONS CLAIM CONFERENCE VICTORY OVER FRESNO STATE
Air Force defeated Fresno State 25-23, 18-25, 25-19, 25-19 to record their first Mountain West win since 2010 ... and just the second conference victory since the end of the 2005 season. The Falcons, who hit .258 as a team, recorded six players with hitting percentages over .200, including three that posted averages over .300. Cami Richan led the team with 16 kills, while Felicia Clement added 11.
DID YOU KNOW?
As a team, the Falcons hit over .250 during the two season-opening matches (.261, vs. UNLV; .258 vs. Fresno State). Air Force had only hit over .250 in a conference match one other time since 2003.
HOME SWEET HOME
The win over Fresno State marked the third home win of the season for the Falcons. That is already the most since the Falcons picked up four victories at the Academy during the 2008 season.
WELCOME BACK, TAYLOR
Taylor Parker made an immediate impact to the squad upon her return from injury during the third set of the Falcons' match with Fresno State. In just two games, the freshman accounted for a career-best matching seven blocks (one solo, six assisted). She also accounted for a .429 hitting percentage, with four kills on seven swings and just one error.
THE HELPING HAND
Backed by a career-best 51 assists on Sept. 20, Hillary Keltner became just the seventh Division I player in Academy history to record 1000 assists in a career. Reached that distinction in just 44 matches, she became the second-fastest DI Falcon to reach that mark (Kristen Huitt, 37 matches). Her 51 assists are the most in a single-match since Jessica Hellmann recorded 56 helpers against Louisiana Tech in 2009.
A LOOK AT THE CONFERENCE
Maiya Perich is ranked second in the Mountain West with a 4.86 digs-per-set average, while the team is ranked fourth with a 14.39 average. In addition, Hillary Keltner is ranked fourth in assists (9.98) and Cami Richan is ranked fourth in kills (3.50) and ninth in points (3.72).
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE
With 10 double-doubles in the first 15 matches of the season, Hillary Keltner continues to lead the Mountain West.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons are in action for just one match next week. Air Force will travel to Albuquerque to face New Mexico at noon on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Johnson Gym.