Oct. 10, 2011
The Air Force volleyball team closes out the first half of the Mountain West Conference season this week with matches at San Diego State and UNLV. The Falcons will travel to San Diego, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 13, to face the Aztecs at 7 p.m. (PST), before heading to Las Vegas, Nev., for a 1 p.m. (PST) matchup with the Rebels on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Match Notes 08: at San Diego State, at UNLV
Both road matches will have live stats and videostreaming available via the home school's website. Thursday's match can be found at www.goaztecs.com, while Saturday's contest can be found at www.unlvrebels.com.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS
San Diego State is currently 10-5 on the season and 3-2 in conference play, after a pair of five-set victories at TCU and New Mexico last weekend. The Aztecs trailed 14-9 in the fifth set against New Mexico, before tallying five straight points to tie the set at 14 and take the eventual 17-15 win. Johnna Fouch leads the conference with 11.24 assists per set, as she has accounted for 663 helpers in 59 games.
SCOUTING THE REBELS
At 9-9, UNLV has an even record on its overall slate, while holding a 2-3 mark in conference action. On the road last weekend, the Rebels split a pair of matches, falling to New Mexico in three, before defeating TCU in four. Stephanie Thelen is ranked third in the Mountain West (conference matches only) with a .358 hitting percentage and 0.30 service aces per set. UNLV will face Boise State on Thursday before taking on the Falcons.
San Diego State holds a 27-2 lifetime record against Air Force, while UNLV leads the all-time series 29-2. Last season, Air Force split with the Aztecs, winning its first Mountain West Conference match since 2005 on Oct. 21 at the Academy. The Falcons have not defeated the Rebels since 1999.
LAST TIME OUT
Air Force dropped a 3-0 contest to Boise State on Oct. 8, in its only match of the week. Victoria Foster led all players with 11 kills.
Air Force continues to lead the Mountain West in service aces, with a 1.36 per set average. Individually, Josalynn Wise is ranked eighth overall and fifth in conference matches with a per-game average of 0.27.
In addition to the Falcons' standings in ace production, Air Force players are listed among the league's top 10 in several other categories. Maiya Perich is ranked third with a 4.42 digs per set average, while Cami Richan is ranked seventh (2.93) in kills per set and Hillary Keltner is ranked eighth with 6.25 assists per set.
COME ONE, COME ALL
The gym was jumping on Oct. 8, as 1001 fans packed into Falcon Court at East Gym for the Falcons' match with Boise State. That total is the best of the season for Air Force, as well as the sixth-highest total in the program's Division I history. In the first seven matches of the season, Air Force has recorded three of the top 10 attendance totals in Division I history.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force opens the second half of the Mountain West season on Thursday, Oct. 20, when it hosts Wyoming at 7 p.m. The Falcons will also host Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 22.