Oct. 5, 2009
The Air Force volleyball team returns to the Academy this week for a pair of Mountain West Conference matches. The Falcons will host Wyoming on Thursday, Oct. 8, in a 7:30 p.m. showdown that will be televised nationally on The Mtn.-MountainWest Sports Network. Air Force wraps up the two-match homestand on Saturday, Oct. 10, when it hosts Colorado State at noon.
HEY LOOK! WE'RE ON TV
Thursday, Oct. 8, will mark the first televised volleyball match ever at Clune Arena. Anne Marie Anderson and Amy Gant will call the action. It is the third straight year that Air Force and Wyoming have faced off on television, although both prior televised matches came in Laramie.
MORE WAYS TO WATCH
Both of this week's matches will be streamed live on GoAirForceFalcons.com, with audio provided by KAFA. Fans can access the free live feed by clicking on the "watch" link on the volleyball calendar.
WYOMING QUICK HITS
Like Air Force, Wyoming is winless in Mountain West Conference action (0-4). The Cowgirls hold a 9-9 overall record, after splitting a pair of matches with Adams State (3-0) and Colorado State (0-3) last week. Offensively, Jody Purdy leads Wyoming with 3.51 kills per game, while Jessica Kagarise holds the defensive lead with 3.68 digs per set.
COLORADO STATE QUICK HITS
Colorado State currently leads the Mountain West Conference with a 4-0 (12-3 overall) record. The Rams, who are receiving votes in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, will host San Diego State on Oct. 8. Danielle Minch averages 3.75 kills per set to pace the Rams offensively, while Katelin Batten holds a 4.10 digs per set average on the defensive side of the net.
Wyoming leads the all-time series with Air Force by a 23-5 margin. The Falcons' last win over the Cowgirls came during a 3-0 victory in 2004 at Laramie. Colorado State is 30-1 all-time against the Falcons. Air Force's only victory in the series came in 1982 (3-0), during the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Air Force head coach Penny Lucas-White and Wyoming head coach Carrie Yerty both began their head coaching careers at the University of Memphis. Lucas-White coached the Tigers from 1991-96, while Yerty took over Memphis' program in 1996 when Lucas-White accepted the coaching position at the Academy.
HOME SWEET HOME
After playing 16 of its first 17 matches on the road this season, Air Force will play seven of its final 11 matches in the friendly confines of Clune Arena.
THE 500 CLUB
Jessica Hellmann recorded her 500th assist of the season on Oct. 3 at New Mexico. She is just the 13th Air Force setter at the Division I level to record over 500 assists in a single season. She is only 51 helpers shy of cracking the program's Division I top-10 list.
MAKING THEIR MARK
Freshmen Preslee Maki and Julianne Haun picked up their first statistics of their young career during the Oct. 1-3 matches. Playing in just her second match, Maki picked up a kill and assisted on a block at TCU. In her collegiate debut, Haun earned her first dig at New Mexico.