Air Force Closes Out Home Season with Two MWC Matches
Oct. 29, 2007
The Air Force volleyball team closes out its home slate with a pair of Mountain West Conference matches this week (Nov. 1-2). The Falcons will host UNLV on Thursday, before closing out their second season at Clune Arena with their Senior Night Celebration on Friday against
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
UNLV improved to 8-2 in the conference (17-3 overall) after sweeping No. 18 Colorado State on Oct. 25. Maria Aladjova leads the team with 4.53 kills per game, while Lauren Miramontes tallies a 4.34 total.
CLIMBING UP THE LADDER
To date, freshman
KALLABIS IS CLIMBING
Having collected 589 assists so far this season, senior setter Kim Kallabis has already surpassed her best single-season output of 547. The additional assists place Kallabis ninth in the Academy's Division I Single-Season record book. She moved over Kristin Huitt's 2001 total of 552 to take control of ninth-place following the Oct. 19 match and is now just 19 shy of eighth-place.
AROUND THE BLOCK
As a team, the Falcons accounted for 6.0 team blocks (two solo, eight assisted) to nearly match the Cougars' team total of 6.5 (13 assisted) in the match at
Air Force ended the second game of its Oct. 26 match at BYU with a lineup that consisted of five freshmen and one senior. Morgan Dolan was the backbone of a rotation that included
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
The Falcons nearly took a game from
Backed by the luck of the coin toss, Air Force has earned the right to the first serve in 20 of 26 matches. In addition, the Falcons have served first in the fifth-game during three of four such games.
WE'VE GOT SPIRIT, YES WE DO!
The Air Force volleyball staff began a new tradition at TCU on Sept. 21, as they unveiled the new "Spirit Award". The honor is given to the athlete that shows the most team spirit during a match.
REACHING THE PLATEAU
Six Falcons have already accounted for over 100 kills this season - two more than the number of players that accomplished that feat all of last season. Katie Batchelder leads the team with 209 kills, while Caroline
DIGGING IT UP
Air Force has seven players with at least 100 digs. Katie Batchelder leads the team with 186, while Caroline
A HELPING HAND
With 1,400 career assists, senior Kim Kallabis has cemented her spot on the Academy's all-time top-10 list and continues to inch closer to the ninth spot. With 123 helpers during the four-match weekend on Sept. 14-15, Kallabis displaced Michelle Clark, who was on the team during the 1987-88 seasons, and had held 10th place with 1081 assists. Since entering NCAA Division I, only three other Falcons (Kristin Huitt, Tharommony In and Carly Siefken) have made the program's all-time assist list, although Katherine Dehne spent the all but one year at the Division I level (the team moved from Division II prior to the 1996 season. Kallabis is now just 35 assists shy of the ninth-place spot.
In Mountain West Conference matches, Rebecca Gerton is third with 0.37 aces per game and just 0.02 shy of the second spot. Stephanie Stanford is currently sixth with a 0.32 average that includes her four-ace output at TCU. Katie Batchelder sits in ninth in the aces-per-game category for all matches with 0.30 aces per game.
TAKING IT MATCH BY MATCH
Katie Batchelder's 29 kills against Marist remains the third-best single-match total in the MWC. In addition, Batchelder leads the conference with seven aces against Quinnipiac and is ranked fourth with a 31.5 point-total against Marist. Air Force's 95 total digs against North Carolina A&T is ranked fourth, while its 15 total aces against Quinnipiac is tied for second and its 14 against