After opening the conference season with four-straight home matches, the Air Force volleyball team travels to California for its first road contests of the 2017 Mountain West season -- and its first trip outside the state of Colorado since the first weekend of September. The Falcons will travel to Fresno State on Thursday, Oct. 5, before heading to San Diego State on Saturday, Oct. 7.
FOLLOW ALONG FROM HOME
Live video and stats will be available for both of this weekend's road contests. Direct links are available on the schedule page at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Air Force's two opponents will face each other in Fresno on Tuesday, before hosting the Falcons later in the week. Fresno State, currently 6-10 on the season and 1-3 in conference play, split last weekend's home contests by defeating Nevada and falling to San Jose State in four-set contests. San Diego State, currently 7-10 on the year and 1-3 in the Mountain West, also split last weekend's action, as they dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to San Jose State and downed Nevada in straight sets. The Bulldogs are ranked third in the conference in blocks with a 2.60 per-set average and the Aztecs are ranked fourth in the kills with a 13.10 per-set average. Individually, San Diego State's Deja Harris has the third-best hitting percentage in the conference (.367), while Fresno State's Jacque Hutcheson holds a top-five ranking in service aces (0.30 per set, fifth).
Air Force is 4-9 all-time against Fresno State and 5-36 in its lifetime series with San Diego State. The Falcons defeated the Bulldogs at home in 2016, but have never won in Fresno. Air Force claimed a road victory during a season sweep of the Aztecs in 2015.
Air Force has one player from the state of California, as Cambria Galloway attended Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego.
AIR FORCE IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS
After two weeks of conference play, Piper Heineck leads the Mountain West in blocks, with 1.64 per-set average, and the team is ranked second with a 2.68 per-set average. In addition, Abigail Miksch is listed among the conference's top 10 in three categories, ranking fourth in kills (3.57 kps) and points (4.32 pps) and holding a No. 8 ranking in service aces (0.36 aps).
THE BIG 2-0-0
With seven assisted blocks against Colorado State on Sept. 30, Piper Heineck became just the seventh Air Force player at the Division I level to record at least 200 assists in a career. Assisting on 200 stops to date, Heineck joins Summer Koons (282), Taylor Parker (260), Kristin Hamlett (249), Raquel Rosas (207), Michelle Harrington (207) and Nicole Stilwell (205) as DI players to reach that significant plateau.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons return to the Academy next week for their only home contests in the month of October. Air Force will host Utah State on Thursday, Oct. 12, before welcoming Boise State to Cadet East Gym on Saturday, Oct. 14.