Oct. 30, 2013
The Air Force volleyball team begins to see its opponents for the second time this conference season, as it travels to San Diego State and UNLV for a pair of matches. The Falcons will open the week in San Diego, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 31, before traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, Nov. 2. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. (PT) starts.
Match Notes 10: at San Diego State, at UNLV
Thursday's match at San Diego State will be held at Peterson Gym in San Diego, Calif., while Saturday's contest at UNLV will take place in Cox Pavilion. Both contests, which are slated to begin at 7 p.m. (PT), will feature live stats through the websites of the respective home teams. Live video feed of the UNLV match can be found at theMW.com.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
San Diego State, who defeated the Falcons 3-1 earlier this month, is currently 10-10 on the year and 5-5 in Mountain West action. The Aztecs are coming off of a split weekend, falling to Utah State (0-3) and sweeping Boise State (3-0) on the road. Like San Diego State, UNLV (12-8, 7-3 MW) is coming off of a split weekend with Boise State (3-2 victory) and Utah State (1-3 loss).
San Diego State leads its all-time series with the Falcons by a 32-2 margin, while UNLV is 33-2 all-time against Air Force. Air Force most recently defeated the Aztecs in 2010, as its 3-1 win snapped a five-year losing streak in conference play, but the Falcons' last win against UNLV came during the 1999 season.
SHERRILL NAMED AIR FORCE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Backed by her 13 kills and .545 hitting percentage in the Falcons' victory over Nevada, Maggie Sherrill was named the Air Force Athlete of the Week on Oct. 28. She is the second volleyball player to earn the department's weekly award this season.
FALCONS SWEEP NEVADA
Air Force claimed a 3-0 sweep of Nevada during its lone match of the week on Oct. 24. The 25-20, 25-12, 25-16 win marked the program's first sweep of a conference opponent since the 2003 season. That year, the Falcons picked up 3-0 victories over Wyoming and New Mexico during both conference meetings (including a win over UNM exactly 10 years prior to the UNR match on Oct. 24, 2003).
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Two Falcons made moves on the program's Division I career list during the win over Nevada. With a pair of assisted stops, Ayesha Hein, who accounted for the 150th assisted block of her career, moved into sixth on the program's all-time list for assisted blocks and moved into a tie for that placement with Jasamine Pettie on the team's total blocks list at 171. With a six-dig output against the Wolfpack, Hillary Keltner debuted in 10th on the program's DI digs list with 553 for her career.
HITTING A HIGH NOTE
Air Force accounted for its second-highest hitting percentage in a conference match over the last decade with a .341 performance during a win over Nevada on Oct. 24. Air Force, which combined for 41 kills on 82 attempts and just 13 errors, were backed by two players that hit over .500 for the match (Maggie Sherrill, .545; Ayesha Hein, .538) and Akokwe Clement's .368 average.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force returns to the Academy next week for matches against Utah State and Boise State. The Falcons, whose first match against the Aggies was postponed earlier this month due to the government shutdown, will host the initial match between the two programs on Thursday (Nov. 7), before facing Boise State on Saturday (Nov. 9). Both matches are slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.