Falcons Head West For A Pair of Conference Matches
Following a short three-match respite at home, the Air Force volleyball team heads back out on the road this week, as it travels to Nevada and California for a pair of Mountain West Conference match-ups. The Falcons will face UNLV on Thursday (Oct. 27), before traveling to San Diego State on Saturday (Oct. 29) to wrap up the season's home-and-home series with the schools. Both of the Falcons' matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (PST).
UNLV NOTABLES: The Rebels are 9-11 on the season, but 5-3 in MWC play...they are coming off of a 0-2 weekend...the Rebels dropped straight sets to Utah on Friday, before falling in four to BYU the following night...UNLV leads the conference in digs, averaging 15.10 per game...they are also third in assists with 13.62 per set...Melody Nua is second in the conference with 11.31 assists per game, while Jada Walker is third with a 4.10 dig average...UNLV defeated Air Force in four games earlier this season at the Academy...the Rebels hold a 17-2 all-time record over the Falcons.
SAN DIEGO STATE NOTABLES: The Aztecs are 12-9 on the season and an even 4-4 in Mountain West Conference action...San Diego State is coming off of a winless weekend, dropping decisions at BYU and Utah...SDSU is second in the conference in digs with 14.55 per game...the team is also third in the conference in blocks (2.66 bpg) and kills (15.90 kpg)...individually, Aime Cordeiro leads the league with 4.99 digs per game, while Alicia Walker is second with 0.45 aces a set...San Diego State topped the Falcons in September...the Aztecs lead the all-time series with Air Force by a 16-1 margin.
NEARING A MILESTONE: With 1,080 career kills, Kristin Hamlett is just 12 kills shy of cracking the Air Force Academy's all-time career kills list. Only two other Division-I athletes are on the program's all-time list -- Delavane Diaz (6th with 1,468) and Brooke Effland (10th with 1,092).
MARKING UP THE RECORD BOOKS: With her 25th solo block of the year, Brooke Akers moved alone into fifth place on the program's Division-I single season list, while Kristin Hamlett is currently sixth with 24. Akers also moved into the top-10 for assisted blocks in a season with 50 and is just one block shy of cracking the team's Division-I single season total block list.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: The Falcons became the only team in conference play not to be out-blocked by the Rams, as both teams recorded six total blocks. Brooke Akers and Kristin Hamlett each notched a solo stop and joined Briana Thomas with a pair of assisted stops as well. Rebecca Gallegos and Carly Siefken recorded the Falcons' other two assisted blocks.
CALIFORNIA GIRLS: Five members of the Falcons' squad will be heading home this weekend, when Air Force hits California for its conference match-up with San Diego State. Kristin Hamlett (Escondido), Brooke Akers (Desert Hot Springs), Rebecca Gerton (San Leandro), Briana Thomas (Grass Valley) and Kim Kallabis (Camino) all call California home.
THE ROAD WARRIORS: After playing eight straight matches at the Academy, Air Force is on the road for much of October, playing six of its nine matches outside of Colorado. The Falcons began the road-trip with a five-day tour of New Mexico and Texas, before a trip to Utah for a pair of contests. After a short homestand with Denver, Colorado State and Wyoming, the Falcons head back out on the road, traveling to San Diego and Las Vegas to close out the month.