Oct. 28, 2008
The Air Force volleyball team (5-18, 0-10) travels up Interstate-25 for a pair of conference matches this week. The Falcons will face Wyoming at the UniWyo Complex in Laramie on Thursday, Oct. 30, before visiting 14th-ranked Colorado State at Moby Arena on Saturday, Nov. 1. Thursday's match is slated to begin at 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest is scheduled for a noon start.
Weekly Notes 10: at Wyoming, at No. 14 Colorado State
LOOK, WE'RE ON TV
The Falcons' Oct. 30 contest at Wyoming will be broadcast live on The Mtn - MountainWest Sports Network and can be seen on Comcast Channel 167 in Colorado Springs and Channel 616 on DirecTV. The match will be called by Anne Marie Anderson and Amy Gant.
ARE YOU LISTENING?
This week's road matches at Wyoming and Colorado State will be broadcast live on KAFA (97.7 FM in the Colorado Springs area). These matches, called by Kile Kuzma, can be accessed worldwide through the KAFA ONLINE site at www.usafa.org.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Wyoming is 3-15 on the year and 2-7 in Mountain West Conference action, while Colorado State is 18-2 overall and 8-1 in the conference. Both programs had just one match last week, as they played one another on Oct. 24. The Rams swept the Cowgirls, 3-0, in Laramie. This will be only match of the week for both schools.
The Falcons don't have any Wyoming natives on their roster, but two freshman members of the squad are related to two defensive specialists on the Cowgirls' roster. Jasamine Sapp's twin sister, Nikky, is a freshman libero, while Jennifer Kagarise's older sister, Jessica, is a junior on the squad.
Air Force is 5-22 all-time against Wyoming and holds a 1-29 lifetime mark against Colorado State. Earlier this season, the Falcons were swept by the Rams, but picked up their only MWC game-win against the Cowgirls in a 3-1 loss. Air Force last defeated Wyoming in the 2003 regular-season finale, while its only win over Colorado State came in 1984, when both programs were at the NCAA Division II level.
GET OUT THE RED PEN
In her first year as the Falcons' libero, freshman Victoria Martinez has vaulted into the program's Division I single-season digs list. With 247 digs, Martinez is currently ranked sixth. In the past four matches, Martinez went from 11th to sixth, collecting digs at a 2.58 clip. Entering the Wyoming match, she is just 10 shy of cracking the program's top-five. To date, it is the most single-season digs by an Air Force player since the 2005 season.
RECORD BOOK WATCH
Junior Michelle Harrington is nearing a mention in two of the Falcons' NCAA Division I single-season blocking lists. With 12 solo blocks, she is just five shy of entering the top-10 list and matching her total from last season. In addition, Harrington's 55 assisted stops is five shy of that top-10 category too.
A SERVING QUARTET
Sophomores Kelly Spencer and Stephanie Stanford currently lead the Falcons with 10 service aces apiece. Three players are tied for second, as freshman Victoria Martinez and sophomore Jessica Hellmann and junior Michelle Harrington have each tallied nine. The quartet has accumulated 47 of the team's 65 aces.
Sophomore Caroline Kurtz paced the Falcons in kills (6), attack percentage (.067) and digs (7) in the team's loss to BYU on Oct. 22. It was the second time this season that the same player has led Air Force in those three categories in the same match. Senior Kristina Stewart led Air Force in those statistics (19 kills, .216 attack percentage and 17 digs) during a Sept. 12 match with Florida Atlantic.
A NICE STAT FOR SAPP
Freshman Jasmine Sapp posted the first two service aces of her collegiate career in the Falcons' match with BYU on Oct. 22, and added another one in the following match on Oct. 25. Those three service aces are tied with senior Kristina Stewart for the team's second-best ace output in conference action.
STANFORD STEPPING OUT
Sophomore Stephanie Stanford, who started her seventh match of the season in the Oct. 25 match with Utah, led the Falcons with 22 assists. She also tallied the team's second-highest dig total at eight and recorded one of the team's five service aces.