Air Force Travels to Utah For a Pair of Meets
The Air Force volleyball team continues its two-week road swing, as it travels to Utah for a pair of Mountain West Conference matches. The Falcons will face undefeated BYU (ranked 16th, nationally) on Friday, Oct. 14, in Provo, before heading to Salt Lake City for a showdown with defending conference champion Utah on Saturday, Oct. 15. Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m., and will have LiveStats available.
BYU NOTABLES: The Cougars remain undefeated, holding a 13-0 mark (6-0 MWC) on the season...BYU is currently ranked 16th in the nation and one of only four unbeaten teams in Division I...Chelsea Goodman averages nearly four kills a game, while Lindsy Hartsock's .469 hitting percentage leads the conference... Hartsock has hit a league-leading .512 in conference matches, while Lauren Evans has averaged a MWC-best 13.05 assists per game...the Cougars have swept their last three opponents...Air Force was the last team to take BYU to five games, nearly unending the Cougars at the Academy on Sept. 24...BYU is 15-1 all-time against the Falcons.
UTAH NOTABLES: The Utes are currently 11-6 on the season and 3-3 in league action...most recently, Utah dropped a five-set match to Colorado State...Shelly Sommerfeldt leads the team with a 3.48 kills per game average...they have not lost at home this season, holding a perfect 5-0 mark...Utah's opponents are hitting just .149 against them - the lowest percentage in the conference...Emillie Toone is currently second in the league overall with 1.39 blocks per game...in MWC matches, Amie Tingey is ranked second in blocks behind 1.54 a game...in the first meeting with Air Force this season, Utah swept the Falcons in three...the Falcons have never defeated the Utes in 15 attempts.
AIR FORCE NOTABLES: The Falcons are 4-16 on the season and winless (0-6) in conference play...with 1041 career kills, Kristin Hamlett is just 51 kills shy of cracking the Academy's all-time kills lists...with her 23rd solo block of the season, Brooke Akers moved into a tie for fifth-place on the program's Division-I single season list, while Hamlett is currently eighth with 20...Akers also moved into the top-10 for assisted blocks in a season with 43...Carly Siefken remains in fifth-place on the Div-I single season assists list with 765...with 172 kills this season, Rebecca Gallegos is just six shy of matching her kill total (178) from the previous two years of her career, combined.
THE ROAD WARRIORS: After playing eight straight matches at the Academy, Air Force is on the road for much of October, playing six of its nine matches outside of Colorado. The Falcons began the road-trip with a five-day tour of New Mexico and Texas, before this week's trip to Utah for a pair of contests. After a short homestand with Denver, Colorado State and Wyoming, the Falcons head back out on the road, traveling to San Diego and Las Vegas to close out the month.
'ROUND WE GO: This weekend, Air Force will play Utah and BYU for the second time this season, before they ever face two conference foes for the first time. Due to league scheduling, the Falcons will finish up the home-and-home series with the Cougars and Utes before ever facing Colorado State and Wyoming.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Air Force nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history, as it took nationally ranked (then-No. 22) BYU to five games on Sept. 24. The Falcons picked up a pair of wins from the unbeaten Cougars before succumbing to the 3-2 loss. Included in that score was a 30-23 thumping of BYU in the third.
LIGHT IT UP: Kristina Stewart lit up the board at New Mexico with six service aces. Stewart's ace total was just one shy of the Division I single-match record set in 2003 by Delavane Diaz, while, as a team, Air Force tallied 11 total aces - just two shy of that Division I mark.