Falcons Travel To Utah For A Pair Of MWC Matches
The Air Force volleyball team travels to Utah for a pair of conference matches this weekend. The Falcons will take on BYU in Provo on Friday, Oct. 29, before heading to Salt Lake City to face conference leader Utah on Saturday, Oct. 30. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. on both nights.
SCOUTING BYU (11-9, 4-4 MWC)
BYU has dropped their last three conference matches, including meetings with Wyoming, Colorado State and in-state rival Utah ... six Cougars have tallied over 100 kills, while two -- Kim Wilson and Erica Lott -- have over 240 ... BYU averages 15.5 kills per game, while keeping their opponents to 12.7 ... the Cougars are second in the conference in blocks, averaging 3.24 a game ... Lindsy Hartsock leads the league with 1.85 blocks per game and a .416 hitting percentage, while Lauren Richards' 0.53 aces per game is also a conference leader ... BYU will face Utah Valley State on Tuesday (Oct. 26) prior to hosting Air Force.
LAST TIME OUT
The Falcons dropped a 3-0 decision to BYU in Mountain West Conference action on Oct. 2. Despite recording a team hitting percentage of .204, the Falcons dropped consecutive matches of 30-26, 30-18 and 30-27 to the Cougars at the Academy. Brooke Akers led the Falcons with 11 kills and a team-best .500 (11 kills on 20 attacks with one error) hitting percentage.
The Falcons have defeated BYU just once in the team's history, but it was a remarkable win. In 2002, Air Force upset BYU in Provo, marking the first time in school history that a women's team defeated the Cougars in a head-to-head match-up. Air Force is currently 1-13 all-time against BYU.
SCOUTING NO. 14 UTAH (16-3, 8-0 MWC)
Utah is the only team in the league with a perfect 8-0 record ... the Utes had a 12-match win streak snapped by non-conference foe Notre Dame, but bounced back to defeat in-state rival BYU in three ... as a team, the Utes lead the conference in blocks with 3.33 per game ... they also hold opponents to just a .143 hitting percentage ... Lyndsey Henderson leads all Utes with 3.65 kills per game, while Shelly Sommerfeldt is second with a 3.10 average ... Henderson is ranked second in the MWC with 1.76 blocks per game, including a league-best 20 solo blocks ... Utah will have one match prior to the Air Force match, as they host New Mexico on Friday (Oct. 29).
LAST TIME OUT
The Falcons dropped a close 3-1 decision to No. 22 Utah on Oct. 1 at the Academy. The Falcons handily downed the nationally-ranked team 30-25 in the first game, before dropping the next three sets.
The Falcons have never beaten the Utes in 13 attempts. In the team's first meeting this season, Air Force took a game from Utah for the first time since 1999, winning the first game by five points. It is just the third time in the seven-year span of the rivalry that a match has gone past three games.