Sept. 24, 2013
The Air Force volleyball team remains at the Academy this week to host a pair of Front Range opponents in Mountain West action. The Falcons will host 19th-ranked Colorado State on Thursday, Sept. 26, before closing out the month against Wyoming on Saturday, Sept. 28. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Individual tickets to the match are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Please see note below regarding traffic issues at the Academy's North Gate. Both matches will have live stats and video streaming available, free of charge. Live stats are available through GoAirForceFalcons.com, while the video feed can be found under the "Watch & Listen" tab at TheMW.com.
Due to construction from the I-25 Expansion Project, there is currently only one on-ramp and one off-ramp available at the Academy's North Gate. TO ENTER THE ACADEMY: Fans coming from the north can exit I-25 at North Gate as usual, but anyone coming from the south will need to go past USAFA to Baptist Road, exit there, go over the interstate, get back on I-25 Southbound and exit at North Gate. TO EXIT THE ACADEMY: Fans heading south can get on the interstate as normal, but those with northern destinations will need to head south on I-25, exit at Interquest Parkway, go over the interstate and get onto I-25 Northbound from there.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
The Falcons' opponents opened conference play against one another last Wednesday, with Colorado State earning the 3-0 victory over Wyoming in Fort Collins. The Rams, who moved up to 19th in this week's AVCA Coaches Poll, are a perfect 10-0 on the year. Colorado State competed in just one non-league match last weekend, defeating Texas A&M in straight sets. The Cowgirls are currently 8-5 on the year, most recently splitting a pair of matches at the Academy last Friday. Wyoming claimed a 3-1 victory over UC Riverside in the opening match of the Air Force Invitational, before falling in four to eventual tournament champions, Utah Valley.
Colorado State leads the all-time series with Air Force by a 39-1 margin, while Wyoming is 31-5 all-time against the Falcons.
Hillary Keltner recorded the 20th double-double of her career with a 38 dig-11 assist performance against Utah Valley on Sept. 21. She is just the fourth Air Force player since 2001 to reach collect 20 double-doubles in a career, joining Delavane Diaz (29), Kristin Huitt (27) and Caroline Kurtz (24). In addition, Keltner is currently tied for the league lead with seven double-doubles this season.
Air Force collected a season-high 26 blocks against Utah Valley on Sept. 26, including four solo and 22 assisted stops. Raquel Rosas paced the team with eight assisted blocks, while Hillary Keltner (two solo, four assisted) and Ayesha Hein (two solo, three assisted) added totals of six and five, respectively. The Falcons, whose previous season-high had been 16, added multi-block performances from Cami Richan (three assisted) and Akokwe Clement (two assisted), while Collette Foster and Maggie Sherrill each added one.
MAKING A MARK
With her second solo block against the Wolverines on Sept. 21, Ayesha Hein moved into a tie for 10th on the Academy's Division I career list with 19 total solo stops. Hein, who tied with Lamecca Jefferson (2001-04) in the program record book, is now listed among the program's top 10 in all three blocking categories. In addition to her #10 standing on the solo blocks list, Hein is ranked seventh in assisted blocks (131) and eighth in total blocks (150).
A WISE SERVE
Josalynn Wise accounted for her 50th career service ace against New Mexico on Sept 19, becoming just the 17th Division I Air Force player to reach the 50-ace plateau in a career. The senior added three more service aces during Falcons' home match with Utah Valley on Sept. 21 to move into 15th on the program's DI career list.
MOVING ON UP
Hillary Keltner moved from fifth to fourth on the program's Division I career assists list on Sept. 19, following a 47-helper performance against New Mexico. That mark, which brought her overall total to 1955, vaulted Keltner over Carly Siefken (1941 assists) for fourth on the program standings.
WHAT'S ON DECK
After two weeks of playing at the Academy, the Falcons head back out on the road next week for a pair of conference matches. Air Force will open the short road trip at Boise State on Thursday, Oct. 3, before making its first-ever appearance at Utah State on Saturday, Oct. 5. Both contests are slated to begin at 7 p.m.