Falcons Close Out First Half of MWC Season with Colorado State
Oct. 9, 2007
The Air Force volleyball team closes out the first half of Mountain West Conference action on Thursday, Oct. 11, when it hosts No. 23 Colorado State at 7 p.m. It will be the second straight match that the Falcons have hosted a nationally ranked team at Clune Arena. The Falcons have a quick turnaround, as they hit the road for the final non-conference match of the season on Saturday, Oct. 13. Air Force will travel to
THE "CSU" SCHOOLS AT A GLANCE
CLIMBING UP THE LADDER
To date, freshman
HOME SWEET HOME?
The Falcons haven't seen a lot of Clune Arena this season. Air Force has played at home just three times since a season-opening tournament on Aug. 24-25, while facing 12 opponents on the road. However, Air Force will be home for five of its next eight matches.
WE'VE GOT SPIRIT, YES WE DO!
The Air Force volleyball staff began a new tradition at TCU on Sept. 21, as they unveiled the new "Spirit Award". The honor is given to the athlete that shows the most team spirit during a match. Julia
Backed by the luck of the coin toss, Air Force has earned the right to the first serve in 15 of 20 matches.
Coming in off the bench, freshman
REACHING THE PLATEAU
Five Falcons have already accounted for over 100 kills this season - more than the number of players that accomplished that feat all of last season. Katie Batchelder leads the team with 174 kills, while Caroline
A HELPING HAND
With 1,274 career assists, senior Kim Kallabis has cemented her spot on the Academy's all-time top-10 list. With 123 helpers during the four-match weekend on Sept. 14-15, Kallabis displaced Michelle Clark, who was on the team during the 1987-88 seasons, and had held 10th place with 1081 assists. Since entering NCAA Division I, only three other Falcons (Kristin Huitt, Tharommony In and Carly Siefken) have made the program's all-time assist list, although Katherine Dehne spent the all but one year at the Division I level (the team moved from Division II prior to the 1996 season.
In Mountain West Conference matches, Stephanie Stanford leads the league with a 0.50 aces-per-game average. In just 14 games, the freshman has tallied seven aces, including a career-best four-ace output at TCU. Senior Rebecca Gerton is also ranked amongst the top five in aces-per-game average, as she has recorded six aces in 15 games for a 0.40 average. Katie Batchelder, who had led the conference for the past several weeks in the aces-per-game category (all matches), was edged out by a mere 0.04 average and now sits in second with 0.38 aces per game. In addition, Stanford is ranked ninth (all matches) with 0.33 aces per game.
Air Force is ranked fourth in the league with 1.63 aces per game (all matches). Senior setter Kim Kallabis is currently ranked eighth in the Mountain West Conference with 6.88 assists per game.
TAKING IT MATCH BY MATCH
Katie Batchelder's 29 kills against Marist is the third-best single-match total in the MWC. In addition, Batchelder leads the conference with seven aces against Quinnipiac and is ranked fourth with a 31.5 point-total against Marist. Air Force's 95 total digs against North Carolina A&T is ranked fourth, while its 15 total aces against Quinnipiac is tied for second and its 14 against