Oct. 29, 2012
The Air Force volleyball team remains at the Academy this week, opening the final month of the season against New Mexico in East Gym. With just one match on the schedule this week, the Falcons will host the Lobos in a Mountain West matchup on Thursday, Nov. 1.
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 video will be available at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS
New Mexico, which is coming off of a pair of losses to UNLV (1-3) and Fresno State (2-3), is currently 18-8 overall and 5-5 in the Mountain West. Chantale Riddle currently leads New Mexico is both kills (4.11 per set) and blocks (1.08 per set), while ranking second on the team in digs (2.42 per set). Riddle's 4.11 average is the best in the conference (overall). As a team, the Lobos lead the conference in service aces (1.43 per set) and are ranked second in opponent hitting percentage (.150). New Mexico leads the all-time series with Air Force, 28-3.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Air Force dropped a 3-0 decision to New Mexico on Oct. 6 in Albuquerque. The Lobos, who claimed the victory with 25-21, 25-14, 25-21 sets, held the Falcons to a hitting percentage of just .046 (33-28-108), while recording their own average of .206 (37-77-97). Cami Richan led Air Force with nine kills, while Felicia Clement and Kristen Holt collected three blocks apiece and Hillary Keltner recorded her 12th double-double of the year with 27 assists and 10 digs.
A LOOK AT THE CONFERENCE
In overall matches, Maiya Perich is ranked second with 4.52 digs per set. Hillary Keltner, who leads the MW with 13 double-doubles, is ranked fourth in assists with a 9.48 per-set average. In conference matches only, Keltner is ranked fifth in assists (9.16 aps) and tied for fourth with four double-doubles, while Perich is ranked eighth with 3.72 digs per set. Perich is also tied for seventh in service aces (0.25), while Ayesha Hein is listed ninth in hitting percentage (.252) and Taylor Parker is ranked 10th in blocks (1.14 bps).
Air Force's Nov. 23 match at UNLV will now be played at 4 p.m. (PST).
JUMPING UP ANOTHER SPOT
Following a 30-assist performance against Boise State on Oct. 27, Hillary Keltner moved from sixth to fifth on the program's Division I list for single-season assists. Through 23 matches, the sophomore has amassed 807 helpers, using her final two against the Broncos to take over the fifth spot from former standout Carly Siefken, who accounted for 805 during the 2004 season.
AS CLOSE AS IT CAN GET
Air Force wrapped up its brief conference history with Boise State on Oct. 27 with a match that featured 31 ties, 17 lead changes and the closest 3-0 loss possible. The Falcons dropped each set by just two points (25-23, 26-24, 27-25), while all three games featured ties at the 23-23 mark. Felicia Clement led the team with eight kills, while Taylor Parker and Maggie Sherrill each added seven.
GOING IN FOR THE KILL
Two of the Falcons' 39 kills against Boise State came from defensive specialists. Rebecca Bates tallied her fourth kill of the year, while Rachael Bradley Powers earned her first offensive score. Bates, who has recorded four kills on 11 attempts (no errors) currently leads the team with a .364 hitting average.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons head back out on the road next week, making their last conference visit to San Diego State on Thursday, Nov. 8, and their first Mountain West visit to Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 10.