Oct. 20, 2008
The Air Force volleyball (5-16, 0-8 MWC) team opens the second half of the Mountain West Conference season this week, hosting BYU (9-8, 2-6 MWC) and Utah (14-4, 6-2 MWC) at the Academy. The Falcons will welcome the BYU Cougars to Clune Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 22, before hosting the Utah Utes on Saturday, Oct. 25. Action is slated to begin at 7 p.m., both nights.
Weekly Notes 09: BYU, Utah
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
BYU, which has dropped six of its last seven matches, is 9-8 overall with a 2-6 record in conference action. Utah is currently ranked second in the league with a 6-2 slate (14-4 overall). The two teams had just one match last week, facing each other in Provo. The Utes defeated the Cougars in straight 25-23, 25-21, 25-17 sets. Both programs are receiving votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association weekly poll.
Air Force holds a 1-21 all-time mark against the Cougars and has never beaten the Utes in 22 tries and holds. The Falcons' lone victory over BYU came in Provo during the 2002 season. Earlier this year, the Falcons dropped back-to-back games at Utah (25-9, 25-17, 25-13) and at BYU (25-13, 25-20, 25-19).
WEDNESDAY NIGHT GET-TOGETHER
Please remember, the Falcons' match against BYU will be played on Wednesday, Oct. 22, due to the football game scheduled for Thursday. It will be the Falcons' first Wednesday night match of the season.
TUNE IN TO KAFA
This week's matches will be broadcast live on KAFA (97.7fm) in the Colorado Springs area. These matches can be accessed through the KAFA ONLINE site at www.usafa.org. Post-match interviews with select players and coaches can only be heard after each match on KAFA.
MARTINEZ MARKS UP THE RECORD BOOKS
Following a nine-dig performance at New Mexico on Oct. 18, freshman Victoria Martinez moved into 10th on the program's Division I single-season digs list with 229. Martinez, who has played every point as the starting libero, leads the rest of the team by 73 digs. She is just one dig shy of a three-way tie for seventh.
A SERVING QUARTET
Sophomore Kelly Spencer currently leads the Falcons with 10 service aces. Three players are tied for second, as freshman libero Victoria Martinez and sophomore setters Jessica Hellmann and Stephanie Stanford have each tallied eight. The quartet has accumulated 34 of the team's 55 aces.