Nov. 2, 2010
After a three-match homestand, the Air Force volleyball team heads back out on the road this week for a pair of Mountain West Conference matches against its most local opponents. The Falcons will travel to Laramie, Wyo., on Thursday, Nov. 4, to face Wyoming at 7 p.m., before heading to Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 6, for a 1 p.m., match-up with 14th-ranked Colorado State.
Match Notes 11: at Wyoming; at No. 14 Colorado State
LAST TIME WE MET
WYOMING: Air Force hosted Wyoming at the Academy on Oct. 9, falling in straight 25-20, 25-21, 25-20 sets. Annalyse Schmitt collected 14 kills in the match, which was a career-high at that time. COLORADO STATE: Emily Frick hit a career-best .600 (6k-0e-10a) in the Falcons' Oct. 7 meeting with CSU. After dropping the first set 25-11, the Falcons rallied to play tight with the 17th-ranked Rams in the second (25-20) and third (25-23) sets.
CAN YOU DIG IT?
With 22 digs over the Oct. 29-31 weekend, Kelly Spencer jumped up two spots in the program's Division I single-season record book. With her 14 digs against TCU, Spencer moved into the top five with 276 digs on the year. And with eight against the Lobos, she jumped up another spot, tying with Victoria Martinez for fourth with 284 digs. For her career, Spencer has recorded 777 digs, which is fourth on the program's all-time Division I list.
GETTING CLOSE TO THE TOP
Caroline Kurtz collected 13 kills against New Mexico to move into fourth on the program's Division I all-time list. With 892 career kills, Kurtz surpassed former Falcon Lamecca Jefferson (887) for fourth on the program's list. Kurtz is already ranked third in career digs with 792.
GIMME AN "A"
Annalyse Schmitt had another strong weekend on Oct. 29-31, accounting for 23 kills. She led the team with 12 kills against TCU, while hitting at a team-leading clip of .258. It was the second consecutive match that saw Schmitt reach the .250 hitting percentage. Against New Mexico, Schmitt accounted for 11 kills, marking the third straight match - and fourth time in the last six contests - that the freshman connected on at least 10 kills.
TAKING ONE FROM THE LOBOS
With a 25-22 win over the Lobos on Oct. 31, Air Force claimed its first "set" victory over New Mexico since 2005.
BRING OUT THE BLOCKS
The Falcons accounted for three solo blocks against New Mexico on Oct. 31, marking the most in a match since early September. Nichole Stilwell, Julia Hansen and Caroline Kurtz each put down a single-handed stop. With help from Jessica Hellmann, Hansen added a pair of assisted blocks to her stat line for three total blocks - the best individual total since mid-September.
AROUND THE MOUNTAIN
In the Mountain West Conference, Caroline Kurtz is ranked second in the kills, with a per-set average of 3.58, and fifth in points-per-set with a 3.84 average. Kelly Spencer is ranked eighth with 3.42 digs per set, while Jessica Hellmann is ranked ninth, with 5.84 assists per set.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force returns to the Academy to host Utah and BYU for the final time in Mountain West Conference action. The Falcons will host Utah on Thursday, Nov. 11, before facing BYU on Saturday, Nov. 13. Thursday's match will be Military Appreciation Night, as the Falcons attempt to "Camo Out" Falcon Court at East Gym.