Air Force Volleyball Loses to Denver, 3-0
(Oct. 17) - Despite a valiant effort, the Falcons lost their ninth consecutive road match, falling to to interstate rival 3-0 (15-7, 16-14, 15-10). Denver's victory marks just the six time in the teams 36 meetings that the Pioneers have defeated the Falcons.
The Falcons started slowly, falling behind 12-1 in the opening game of the match. Despite heating up, the deficit was too much to overcome and the team dropped the game 15-7.
Air Force regrouped and came out strong to begin the second game. Using a lineup of four freshman and two seniors, the Falcons took a 6-1lead. The Pioneers battled back to tie the score 8-8, and after a lengthy see-saw battle, the Falcons took a 14-13 lead. Air Force could not convert on two service chances for the win, as consecutive blocking errors proved costly. Denver scored the next three points, winning the game 16-14 on a service ace.
The Falcons overcame the emotional loss of game two, coming back from a 10-4 deficit to tie the score at 10 apiece. The team was unable to keep the momentum however, as it surrendered the next five points to drop the game 15-10.
Two Falcon hitters finished the match with double-doubles, including freshman Delavane Diaz, who tallied 16 kills and 12 digs. It was her team-leading eighth double-double of the season. Freshman Brittany Edmonds had 12 kills and 13 digs to notch the first double-double of her career. Jamie Rempel added 13 kills for the Falcons and setter Kristin Huitt had 42 assists.
Lulu Sewell paced the Pioneers, notching 20 kills and 13 digs. Kellie Savage
added 16 kills and 13 digs for Denver, while Clarice Golesh had 49 assists.
The Falcons (6-13, 0-7 MWC) will have two days to regroup before hosting New
Mexico Friday, Oct. 20, at the Academy's East Gymnasium.