Nov. 5, 2013
The Air Force volleyball team returns to the Academy this week for a pair of conference matches. The Falcons will face conference newcomer Utah State for the first time in program history on Thursday, Nov. 7, before hosting Boise State on Saturday, Nov. 9. Both matches are slated to begin at 6 p.m.
Both of Air Force's home contests will be held at the Academy's Cadet East Gym and are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (MST). The matches will be streamed live on theMW.com, while live stats will be available through GameTracker at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Utah State enters the Air Force contest with a 15-8 overall record, as well as an 8-4 slate in Mountain West action. The Aggies split the past weekend, defeating Wyoming in four and dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker to ninth-ranked Colorado State. Boise State, which will travel to New Mexico on Thursday, is 11-12 overall and 5-8 in conference play. Like Utah State, the Broncos split last weekend, falling to CSU in straight sets and sweeping Wyoming.
Thursday's contest will mark the first-ever meeting between Utah State and Air Force, as the initial match was postponed due to the government shutdown in early October (the contest at Utah State will be made-up on Monday, Nov. 25. Boise State is a perfect 7-0 against the Falcons, sweeping Air Force in its most recent meeting on Sunday, Oct. 20.
FALCONS CLAIM FIRST SET WIN AT UNLV SINCE 2003
The 25-23 win in the second set at UNLV on Nov. 2 was Air Force's first game win on UNLV's home court since Oct. 9, 2003. During the set, the Falcons overcame a late six-point deficit (20-14) to even the score at 22, before eventually securing the two-point win.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons will make its shortest road trip of the conference season next week, when it travels to Wyoming and Colorado State. Playing on back-to-back nights, Air Force will face the Cowgirls on Thursday, Nov. 14, before traveling to Colorado State, currently ranked 10th in the AVCA Coaches' Poll, for a Friday, Nov. 15, match.