Errors Doom the Falcons Against UNLV

    USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -- Although Brooke Akers (Desert Hot Springs, Calif.) and Rebecca Gallegos (Las Vegas, N.M.) teamed up for 39 kills, the Air Force volleyball team fell in four to conference-foe UNLV on Saturday (Oct. 1) at the Academy's East Gym. After dropping the first two sets (30-16, 30-25), the Falcons rebounded for a 30-28 victory in the third game, but UNLV took a 30-19 win in the fourth to claim the match win.

    Errors were costly for the Falcons throughout the match, especially in the first set, as the team committed 11 errors and just 11 kills. Akers picked up the team's first kill of the game to tie the score at one and the two teams traded points several times before either team hit 10 points. Jasamine Pettie (Baton Rouge, La.) put down a kill to even things up at 10, but three attacking errors by the Falcons quickly gave the Rebels a lead at 14-11. UNLV used six straight serves to wrap up the 30-16 win.

    Air Force picked up the first three points of the second set from three straight errors by the Rebels. Air Force kept the lead, pulling out to a 13-8 advantage. UNLV slowly climbed back, tying up the set at 15. Air Force matched up the score once more at 17 behind a kill from Kristin Hamlett (Escondido, Calif.), but UNLV kept the Falcons at bay for the remainder of the game, as it took the set, 30-25.

    Although Air Force didn't claim the first point of the third set, Akers tied the set at one and gave the Falcons the lead for good on the next point. Although the Rebels managed to tie the game at several times, the Falcons hung on to the early lead. Kristina Stewart (Glendale, Ariz.) served up an ace at the 12-10 mark, while Rebecca Gerton (San Leandro, Calif.) claimed one at the 19-14 mark. UNLV once again tied things up at 22 and held Air Force at 29 for three plays, but the Falcons prevailed 30-28.

    Akers opened the scoring in the fourth set with a kill and an attack error by UNLV gave the Falcons a 2-0 advantage. Again, the two squads traded tallies during the opening moments of the set. Gallegos put down a kill to match the score at 13, but UNLV used a long serving series and an 8-1 run to down the Falcons 30-19 in the final set.

    Akers led the Falcons with 20 kills, while Gallegos recorded 19. Stewart and Hamlett each put down five, while Stewart added a pair of aces and a team-best nine digs to her stat line. Gerton matched Stewart with nine digs, while Carly Siefken (Beaverton, Ore.) collected 46 assists.

    The Falcons, which haven't played a road contest since Sept. 13, hit the highway for a pair of MWC matches. In its longest road swing of the season, Air Force heads to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on New Mexico this Wednesday (Oct. 5), before heading to Fort Worth, Texas, for a match-up with conference-newcomer, TCU, on Friday (Oct. 7). Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m.


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