Oct. 16, 2003
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The Air Force volleyball team will host Wyoming (Oct. 17) and Colorado State (Oct. 18) this weekend in two critical conference matches. After winning their conference opener, the team has lost four consecutive league matches, including heart-breaking, five-game losses to BYU and UNLV. The team will need to win these matches in order to stay in the hunt for a top finish in the Mountain West.
Records for this weekend's opponents are below:
Air Force -- 10-8, 1-4 MWC
Wyoming -- 13-7, 2-3 MWC
Colorado State -- 14-4, 5-0 MWC
AIR FORCE vs. WYOMING:
The Falcons are 3-13 all-time against Wyoming. One of those wins came last season, when Air Force beat the Cowgirls 3-1 at the Academy. They nearly defeated the Cowgirls in Laramie, losing in five games. Their other two wins came in 1999.
SCOUTING the COWGIRLS:
Wyoming is 13-7 overall. Most recently, they had a three-match winning streak snapped by Colorado State. They are led by Michele Rauter, who is averaging 4.10 kills per game, third in the conference. Sara Maytorena is averaging 3.19 kpg, while two other players are over two (Jill Roslund, 2.59 kpg; Leah Powers; 2.34 kpg). Libero Amanda Miller leads the team with 3.30 digs per game, while setter Amy Doman is averaging 11.88 assists per game.
AIR FORCE vs. CSU:
The Falcons have defeated the Rams just one time in team history -- in 1982 the first time the teams met. Since, the Falcons have lost 18 consecutive matches against the Rams. Their only game wins came in 1999, when the team took CSU to five games. They were swept in every other match.
SCOUTING the RAMS:
The Rams are 14-4 and are unbeaten in five conference matches. They are also ranked 20th in the nation. The Rams rank first in the league in hitting percentage (.258), assists (15.03), and kills (16.29). They are led Becky Saurer, whose 4.00 kills per game ranks fourth in the league. Katie Jo Shirley has the best hitting percentage in the Mountain West (.416), and Melissa Courtney leads the league in assists per game (13.05). Lindsey Kerr leads the team in digs per game (3.00).
OPPOSING PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Wyoming's Rauter and Maytorena had 69 kills in two matches against the Falcons last season. CSU's Tess Rogers and Katie Jo Shirley combined for 54 kills in nine games against the Falcons last season.