Oct. 24, 2012
The Air Force volleyball team returns to the Academy's East Gym for its only match of the week on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Falcons (8-14, 2-6 MW) will host conference travel partner Boise State (11-12, 3-5 MW) for the final time as a MW opponent at 7 p.m.
Match Notes 10: vs. Boise State (Oct. 27)
The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Single-match tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for youth. Live stats and live video will be available at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS
Boise State is 11-12 overall and 3-5 in the Mountain West. The Broncos are led by Alyssa Gammel and Liz Harden, who are both averaging over 3.45 kills per set. As a team, Boise State is ranked second in the conference in kills (13.66) and assists (12.91). The Broncos, who will be leaving the Mountain West after just two seasons to return to the Western Athletic Conference, are coming off of a pair of losses at Colorado State (0-3) and Wyoming (1-3).
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
The Broncos improved to 4-0 all-time against Air Force on Sept. 28, defeating the Falcons 25-14, 25-22, 25-21 in Boise. Cami Richan led all players with 12 kills, while Boise State's Alyssa Gammel and Liz Harden each recorded 11. Maggie Sherrill added 10 kills to the Falcons' cause, including a stellar .700 average (7k-0e-10a) in the final set. The Broncos tallied just one more kill than the Falcons (41-40), while both teams managed just one ace. However, it was the blocking the proved to be the difference-maker, as Boise State out-blocked Air Force 19-6.
A LOOK AT THE CONFERENCE
In overall matches, Maiya Perich is ranked second in the conference in digs per set (4.49), while Hillary Keltner is ranked fourth in assists with a 9.48 average and Cami Richan is ranked 10th in kills with a 3.09 average. With 13 double-doubles, Keltner continues to lead the conference.
WELCOME BACK, RAQUEL
Raquel Rosas had a stellar return to the starting lineup on Oct. 19 at Colorado State, setting six personal-best marks. The freshman, who led the team in hitting with a career-high .312 average (6K-1e-16) and recorded her first collegiate service ace, also set career-leading marks in kills (six), assisted blocks (three), total blocks (three) and points (8.5).
TAKING IT TO THE TOP
Maiya Perich has recorded 368 digs so far this season. Her 10-dig performance at Wyoming on Oct. 18 moved Perich into second on the program's Division I single-season record book. Perich now holds the two best single-season dig marks in the Academy's DI history, as she set the program standard of 400 last year.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force remains at the Academy for its second straight week with just one match, as the Falcons open the month of November hosting New Mexico. Air Force will welcome the Lobos to East Gym on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m.