Air Force Concludes Non-Conference Slate Hosting Northern Colorado
Oct. 23, 2006
The Air Force volleyball team concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule on Tuesday (Oct. 24) against in-state foe
2006 Record: 10-10 (6-4 Big Sky)
Head Coach: Lyndsey Benson
Who to Watch: Dulcie Stone (2.92 kpg; 3.21 dpg)
Notables: The Bears are in their first full season at the Division 1 level
LEADING THE WAY: Accounting for 27 service aces in 59 games, junior Rebecca Gerton currently leads the Mountain West Conference with a 0.46 aces-per-game average. Gerton has had two five-ace matches, which is tied for second in the league in terms of single-match production.
HISTORY 101: Air Force renewed its long-standing rivalry with
FINALLY!: Air Force snapped its 14-match winless streak with a pair of victories over Centenary and
NOW SERVING...: Over the victorious weekend, Air Force caught its opponents from the line. Against Centenary, the Falcons served up 14 total aces - a mark just two shy of the new Division I single-match record that was set earlier this year. Freshman Katie Batchelder and sophomore Kristina Stewart chipped in four apiece, while junior Rebecca Gerton put down three. In the nightcap with
OFFENSE, DEFENSE...TAKE YOUR PICK: Freshman Michelle Harrington had a stellar defensive match against Centenary. In addition to assisting on four blocks, Harrington added a trio of solo stops. Against
BLOCK PARTY: Air Force blocked its way to 17 total stops - one shy of the Division I single-match record (18) set in 1999. Freshman Michelle Harrington assisted on four blocks, while adding a trio of solo stops. In addition, classmates Katie Batchelder and Jocelyn Booker added in six assisted blocks.
JUST BOOK IT: Jocelyn Booker gave the Falcons a spark against Centenary, connecting on 12 straight attempts during the second, third and fourth games. Easily defeating the opposing middle blockers, Booker managed to put down everything that Kim Kallabis sent her way during that stretch. In all, Booker accounted for 18 total kills and a team-best .484 hitting percentage. It is the eighth time in the Falcons' last 14 matches that Booker has recorded the team's best hitting percentage.
KEEP THEM COMING: Air Force held off Centenary in the fourth game for a 38-36 victory. Those 38 points are the most ever for the Falcons and that is the second longest game since a 39-37 loss against UNLV in 2002.
THREE AND OUT: In 2005, Air Force and its opponents played in an Academy-record 16 matches that went past three games. This season, those numbers dropped significantly, as the Falcons have only participated in just three matches that have advanced past regulation. In fact, the 15-10 victory over Centenary was the first five-game match of the season for Air Force.
'RANK' YOU VERY MUCH: The Falcons are currently ranked third in the MWC with 1.77 aces per game. Only TCU (2.27) and
MORE STATISICAL NEWS: With 16 total aces against
ON THE HORIZON: Air Force hosts returns to Mountain West Conference action on Saturday, Oct. 28, as it hosts