Oct. 4, 2012
In its only match of the week, the Air Force volleyball team travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to face conference opponent New Mexico on Saturday (Oct. 6). The meet begins at noon at Johnson Gym on the UNM campus.
Saturday's match at New Mexico, which will be held at Johnson Gym, begins at noon. Live stats and video streaming will be available through New Mexico's site. Tickets are $5 for all spectators (adults, seniors, youth)
Due to several on-campus events at New Mexico on Saturday, fans planning to attend the match should park in the Yale Parking Structure for an hourly rate of $1.75 (credit card only, no cash).
SCOUTING THE LOBOS
Currently 15-4 on the year, New Mexico is .500 in conference play with a 2-2 mark. (UNM will host Boise State on Oct. 4 at The Pit.) The Lobos are coming off back-to-back losses to Fresno State (1-3) and UNLV (0-3) during a span that included three matches in four days. New Mexico, which leads the conference with 1.62 service aces per set, is ranked second in opponent hitting percentage, as it has held its competition to a .142 average. Individually, Chantale Riddle leads the MW with a 4.15 kills-per-set average, while Ashley Newman is ranked third in aces with a 0.34 per-set average. The Lobos holds a 27-3 lead in the all-time series with the Falcons.
HOME SWEET HOME
Two Falcons will be traveling home this weekend, as the squad heads down Interstate-25 to Albuquerque. Hometown girl Rachael Bradley Powers graduated from Sandia High School, while Kristen Holt, from nearby Edgewood, graduated from Albuquerque Academy.
A LOOK AT THE CONFERENCE
Maiya Perich is ranked second in the Mountain West with a 4.80 digs-per-set average, while Hillary Keltner is ranked fourth in assists (10.00) and Cami Richan is ranked fourth in kills (3.47) and ninth in points (3.66). In addition, Keltner continues to lead the league in double-doubles with 11.
BY THE NUMBERS
Air Force dropped a 3-0 decision to Boise State during its final conference trip to Idaho. The match marked the Falcons' first three-set loss since Aug. 31 ... a span of 12 matches. During that span, the Falcons played three three-set matches (3-0), six four-set matches (1-5) and three five-set matches (2-1).
GOING OUT WITH A BANG
The Falcons closed out a seven-match homestand with a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over Denver on Sept. 25. Despite trailing 2-1 (18-25, 25-20, 19-25), the Falcons responded with 26-24, 15-9 victories to defeat their instate rivals. Highlighted by a .350 hitting performance (10k-3e-20a) in the deciding set, Air Force hit .230 or better in the three winning sets.
The Falcons' victories over Fresno State (Sept. 22) and Denver (Sept. 25) marked the first time since 2003 that Air Force recorded consecutive wins outside of tournament play. The win over DU also marked the Falcons' fourth home win of the season. That is tied with the 2008 squad for the second most home victories in the last decade, trailing only the 2003 team that amassed six home wins.
SHERRILL SHINES AGAINST INSTATE TEAMS
Colorado native Maggie Sherrill posted her two highest kill totals of the season against teams from within her home state. The freshman amassed 18 kills against Denver on Sept. 25 to better her previous career-high total of 15 that she set against Colorado on Sept. 13. Sherrill also recorded a career-high five blocks and her first service ace of the year against the Buffs.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force returns to the Academy next weekend to host Nevada (Oct. 11) and San Diego State (Oct. 13) at Falcon Court at East Gym. The short homestand will also serve as the program's third annual Alumni Weekend, which will take place Oct. 12-14 at the Academy.