Oct. 5, 2010
After 13 consecutive matches on the road, the Air Force volleyball team finally returns home to the Academy and Falcon Court at East Gym this weekend for two Mountain West Conference matches. The Falcons will host league leader and 17th-ranked Colorado State on Thursday, Oct. 7, before facing Wyoming on Saturday, Oct. 9. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Match Notes 07: Colorado State, Wyoming
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE MATCH
Live stats and video streaming will be available for both of Air Force's home matches. In addition, the Academy's cadet radio station, KAFA 97.7 FM, will broadcast live from Falcon Court at East Gym for both matches. The audio link must be opened separately due to some technical issues with the new video player. All three options are available on the calendar page of GoAirForceFalcons.com.
The Falcons will host their first Pen Pal Night of the season against Colorado State on Thursday, Oct. 7. In addition, Thursday will be Aviator Night, with fans receiving aviator sunglasses. On Saturday, Oct. 9, Air Force will host a celebration for the Girl Scout's 150th birthday, featuring an ice cream sundae bar, commemorative scout patches, face painting, temporary tattoos and Air Force mini-flags. In addition, fans who retain their ticket stub from the Air Force-Colorado State football game will receive free admission.
MEETING THE MILESTONES
Caroline Kurtz recorded her 200th kill of the season in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 30. In just 16 matches this year, she has already bettered her season totals from her freshman (203) and sophomore (105) seasons. Also during the Falcons' road swing at New Mexico and TCU, Kelly Spencer cleared the 200-dig mark, Jessica Hellmann went over the 300-assist mark and Josalynn Wise bettered the 200-assist tally.
JUST CAN'T STOP HER
Nichole Stilwell hit for a match-leading .533 at TCU on Oct. 2, as she scored on 10 of 15 attempts, while committing just two errors. Stilwell has led the Falcons in hitting percentage during 10 of the first 16 matches. During the third set, Stilwell accounted for three of the Falcons' four kills during a mid-set run.
HOME SWEET HOME
Playing in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., for the final time, Caroline Kurtz had a stellar night. She paced the team with 12 kills, while adding 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the season - and the 18th of her career. In addition, she recorded the Falcons' lone service ace and hit for a team-best clip of .222 (12k-4e-36a).
GETTING THE NAME OUT THERE
Nichole Stilwell led the Falcons in several stat categories during their loss to UNLV on Sept. 24, as she collected 12 kills and a .346 hitting percentage. In addition, she tied with Julia Hansen and Preslee Maki for a pair of assisted blocks.
AROUND THE MOUNTAIN
Caroline Kurtz is ranked second in the kills (overall) in the Mountain West Conference, with a per-set average of 3.62, and fourth in points-per-set with a 3.94 average. Kelly Spencer is ranked sixth with 3.58 digs per set, while Nichole Stilwell's hitting percentage of .296 is also ranked sixth. Jessica Hellmann is also ranked among the league leaders in assists per set, with a 5.19 average (ninth). As a team, Air Force is ranked fifth in service aces (1.08 per set).
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons head back out onto the road for a pair of conference matches in the Beehive State. The Falcons will travel to Provo, Utah, to face BYU on Thursday, Oct. 14, before heading to Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 16, to face Utah.