Oct. 15, 2013
The Air Force volleyball team heads back on the road this week for three Mountain West matches in a four-day span, including a pair of contests in California and a make-up match at Boise State. The Falcons open the busy week at San Jose State on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Thursday's match at San Jose State, which will be held at The Event Center in San Jose, Calif., is slated to begin at 7 p.m. (PST), while Saturday's contest against Fresno State, at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., is slated for a noon start. The contest at Boise State, added last week to make up for the match postponed by the government shutdown, will take place at 7 p.m. (MT) at Bronco Gym in Boise, Idaho. Live stats will be available at the host school's websites, while video streams are available on the conference's website at theMW.com.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
San Jose State, which is 4-13 on the season and 1-5 throughout its first six contests as a Mountain West member, is coming off of a 1-2 weekend. The Spartans picked up its first conference win with a 3-2 victory over Nevada on Oct 10, before falling to Fresno State (0-3) and Bakersfield (1-3) over the weekend. Fresno State is 10-8 on the year and 4-2 in conference play after sweeping San Jose State and Nevada on back-to-back nights. The Bulldogs will host New Mexico on Thursday night, before facing the Falcons on Saturday. Boise State, which will travel to Nevada on Thursday night, is 8-9 on the year and 2-5 in the Mountain West. The Broncos dropped a pair of matches last weekend, being swept by Wyoming and 13th-ranked Colorado State.
San Jose State, which joined the conference this past summer and last faced Air Force in 2005, is 3-0 all-time against the Falcons, while Fresno State, who joined the Mountain West in 2012, is 5-1 all-time against Air Force after splitting its inaugural conference season one year ago. Boise State, the most tenured of the Falcons' weekend opponents in its third-year within the Mountain West, is 6-0 all-time against Air Force.
The Falcons and Mountain West announced the make-up dates for the Falcons' matches at Boise State and Utah State, which were postponed by the stoppage of intercollegiate athletics due to the government shutdown. Air Force will face Boise State this Sunday and then make its first trip to Utah State on Monday, Nov. 25.
PACKING THEM IN
Air Force accounted for its first sellout of the season, as 811 fans filled Falcon Court at East Gym during its match against San Diego State on Oct. 12.
CAN I LEND AN ASSIST?
With a 36-assist performance against San Diego State on Oct. 12, Hillary Keltner moved into third on the program's Division I career list. Keltner, who entered the night with 2,099 assists, jumped from fourth to third on the all-time list, moving over her predecessor Jessica Hellmann (2,110). For the season, the junior has tallied 631 assists to move into eighth on the program's all-time assist list.
CALLING FOR A BLOCK PARTY
The Falcons recorded their best blocking total of the conference season (12 total blocks - four solo, 16 assisted) during a 3-1 loss to San Diego State on Oct. 12. Raquel Rosas collected a pair of solo stops, while Cami Richan and Hillary Keltner each added one. Ayesha Hein rang up six stops (all assisted), while Richan (one solo, three assisted) and Rosas (two solo, two assisted) claimed four apiece. Air Force received additional blocking assistance from Keltner (one solo, one assisted), Akokwe Clement (two assisted) and Maggie Sherrill (two assisted).
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons will return to the Academy for a single match against Nevada on Thursday, Oct. 24.