Air Force Returns Home to Host North Dakota State and TCU
The Air Force volleyball team returns to the Academy next weekend for a pair of matches. The Falcons wrap up the non-conference slate, hosting North Dakota State on Friday (Nov. 4), before taking on Mountain West Conference newcomer, TCU, in a Sunday (Nov. 6) afternoon match-up. Friday's game begins at 7 p.m., while Sunday's contest will take place at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Cadet East Gym and have LiveStats available on AirForceSports.com.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE NOTABLES: NDSU is just 1-26 on the season...its only victory was a 3-0 sweep of Centenary on Sept. 24...they are led by Kelly Lopez and Kim Hebl, who average 2.80 and 2.78 kills per game, respectively...Lindsay Shockman tallies over one block per set, while Kari Fagnan collects 3.29 digs per outing...North Dakota State holds a 5-1 record over Air Force, although their last match came in 1994... Air Force and North Dakota State share four common opponents - Xavier, South Dakota State, Utah Valley State and Northern Colorado.
TCU NOTABLES: The Horned Frogs are 15-11 overall and 7-6 during their first season of Mountain West Conference action...TCU leads the conference with 2.22 aces per game and five individual athletes are listed among the league's top10 in service aces...Anna Vaughn continues to lead the team with with 3.82 kills per game...Vaughn also tops the team with 1.06 blocks per game...Talaya Whitefield is ranked second in the conference with 4.34 digs per game...TCU leads the all-time series with Air Force, 2-1, after taking a 3-1 win from the Falcons on Oct. 7.
REACHING A MILESTONE: With her first kill of the San Diego State match on Oct. 29, senior Kristin Hamlett broke into the Air Force Academy's all-time top-10 list with 1,097 career kills. Hamlett, who is currently 10th, after surpassing Brooke Effland (1996-2000) on the list, is one of just two Division-I athletes on the all-time list - Delavane Diaz (2000-03) currently resides in 6th-place with 1,468 kills.
MARKING UP THE RECORD BOOKS: With her 25th solo block of the year, Kristin Hamlett joined Brooke Akers moved in fifth place on the program's Division-I single season list. Akers also moved into the top-10 for assisted blocks in a season with 53 (10th) and into eighth-place on the team's Division-I single season total block list with 78. Hamlett is just five shy of entering both categories.