Falcons Fall in Four to Wyoming
Despite three Falcons posting double-digit kill totals, the Air Force volleyball team dropped a four-game set to Wyoming on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Academy. After taking the first game with a 31-29 mark, Air Force dropped the remaining sets, 30-28, 30-20 and 30-15. Kristin Hamlett (Escondido, Calif.), Molly White (Lafayette, La.) and Lamecca Jefferson (Beeville, Texas) led the squad, as they all surpassed the 10-kill plateau.
Air Force opened the scoring, as Jefferson tallied her first kill of the night off of a pass from Carly Siefken (Beaverton, Ore.). The two teams played it close, swapping points and trading leads. Several Air Force attacking errors gave Wyoming its first big lead of the night at 12-8. Down 20-15, the Falcons began their comeback, closing the gap until a kill from Hamlett tied things at 23-all. A Cowgirl error gave the Falcons the lead. Again the two teams traded points and leads, tying the game at every point until another Wyoming attacking error evened it out at 29. Air Force earned the 31-29 victory with a kill from Brooke Akers (Desert Hot Springs, Calif.).
Although Wyoming tallied the first score of the second game, Air Force pulled out to an early lead at the 13-8 mark behind several kills from White and Hamlett. This time, though, it was the Cowgirls' turn to climb back into the game; which they did, tying the score at 18. From there, the leads switched with both teams earning several long serving drives. Down just one, at 29-28, Air Force was unable to stop the Cowgirls from earning that last point.
The Falcons found themselves down early in the third game, as Wyoming opened on a 4-0 run. With Wyoming having several long serving series, the Falcons were never able to get any closer than five, as they fell 30-20. The fourth game started much like the third, with Air Force finding itself in a 3-0 hole. Backed by two solo blocks and a kill from Rebecca Gallegos (Las Vegas, N.M.), the Falcons pulled within one at the 8-7 mark. Wyoming scored the next nine points, before an Akers kill was able to stop the run at 17-7. Air Force pulled within 10 before the Cowgirls went on to secure the match victory with a 30-15 score.
Hamlett led the team (and tied for the best total of the match) with 16 kills. White tallied 15, while Jefferson secured 12. Jefferson also added 14 digs to her total for her third double-double of the season. Siefken posted 48 helpers, while Gallegos had 10 digs to go along with her two solo blocks.
The Falcons return to action tomorrow night (Oct. 23), when they host ninth-ranked Colorado State at 7 p.m., in the Cadet East Gym.