Oct. 22, 2013
Following a busy week of competition, the Air Force volleyball team returns home for a single conference contest against Nevada on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Academy's Cadet East Gym. The match between the Falcons and Wolfpack is slated to begin at 6 p.m.
Thursday's match is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m., inside the Academy's Cadet East Gym. Live stats will be available at GoAirForceFalcons.com, while the video stream can be found at theMW.com.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Nevada is 2-18 on the year, with a 0-8 mark during the first half of league play. The Wolfpack, who are led by Tessa Lea'ea (195 kills, 81 blocks) and Sam Willoughby (178 kills), are coming off a pair of home losses against Boise State and Utah State. Nevada dropped a five-set contest to the Broncos on Thursday, before falling in straight sets to the Aggies on Saturday.
Air Force holds a 2-1 advantage over Nevada in the all-time series, after claiming a pair of victories during the Wolfpack's first season in the Mountain West, Last season, Nevada's first in the conference, the Falcons claimed their first Mountain West road win since the 2003 season, as they defeated Nevada 3-1.
The Falcons wrapped up a busy stretch of the season that encompassed 3200 miles, seven cities, six airports, four states and three conference matches. Air Force, which was scheduled to play at San Jose State and Fresno State over the Oct. 17-19 weekend, added a makeup match at Boise State on Oct. 20, after its original contest was postponed by the government shutdown.
KELTNER'S ON THE MOVE ... AGAIN!
With a 53-assist performance at Fresno State on Oct. 19, Hillary Keltner moved into second on the Academy's career list for Division I players. Keltner, who took over the #3 spot just one week earlier, jumped another spot with her second assist of the fourth set. She finished the match with 2,226 career assists, surpassing the 2,214 that Tharommony In recorded from 1996-99.
Maggie Sherrill recorded a career-best 19 assists during the Falcons' match at Fresno State, as she led the team in kills during all three matches on its Oct. 17-20 road swing. Sherrill, who has paced the team during four of its last five contests, added team-high totals at San Jose State (15) and Boise State (10).
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
Air Force hit over .240 during both contests in California (Oct. 17-19). During the opening match at San Jose State, the Falcons hit over .200 during three of four sets to average .246 in the match and produce their best average in Mountain West play this season ... an improvement of 51 points. Air Force added to its average at Fresno State, when it combined to hit .269.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force heads back out on the road next week, as it begins to face conference opponents for the second time. The Falcons will head to San Diego State on Thursday, Oct. 31, before traveling to UNLV on Saturday, Nov. 2. Both matches are slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. (PT).