Nov. 7, 2011
The Air Force volleyball team concludes its 11-match 2011 home schedule this week with a pair of Mountain West Conference contest at the Academy's Falcon Court at East Gym. The Falcons open the week against UNLV on Thursday (Nov. 10), before closing out the home slate against San Diego State on Saturday (Nov. 12). Thursday's action begins at 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest will start at 5 p.m.
Video streaming and live stats for both matches will be available through www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. Every fan in attendance at Thursday's match will receive a free ticket to the Air Force-UNLV football game on Nov. 19. Saturday is Fan Appreciation Day. Fans with a ticket stub from the Air Force-Wyoming football game (noon kickoff) can redeem their ticket for free admission, while all other admission is just $1. In addition, the first 200 fans will receive an Air Force scarf.
SCOUTING THE REBELS
UNLV is seventh in the Mountain West Conference with a league record of 3-9 (11-15 overall). The Rebels are coming off of a 0-2 weekend against TCU and New Mexico. UNLV is ranked fourth in the conference with a blocks-per-set average of 2.19, while Mackenzie Moea'i is ranked 10th with 2.78 kills-per-set.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS
San Diego State, who will travel to Boise State on Thursday night, is currently tied for second in the conference with an 8-4 mark (15-8 overall). The Aztecs swept their two conference matches last weekend, defeating New Mexico in four and TCU in three. SDSU is currently ranked second in the conference in kills (13.56), assists (12.49) and service aces (1.33), while Andrea Hannasch is ranked fourth in blocks (1.14) and fifth in points (3.78).
UNLV leads the all-time series with Air Force by a 30-2 margin, while San Diego State holds a lifetime mark of 28-2 against the Falcons. Air Force has not beaten the Rebels since 1999, but defeated San Diego State at the Academy last year.
Maiya Perich became just the fifth Falcon in Division I history to account for over 800 digs in a career, as she recorded her 802nd against Boise State on Nov. 4. Perich, only a junior, has played libero in every match this season after splitting time at the position during her first two seasons. With 354 digs so far this season, she is also just one away from tying the program's Division I single-season mark.
The Falcons tallied seven service aces at Boise State for the squad's best single-match performance since early September. Josalynn Wise and Ayesha Hein earned multiple aces, accounting for totals of three and two, respectively. Hillary Keltner and Emma Dridge each added one. The seven-ace output gave the Falcons' 101 aces for the season.
As a team, Air Force is ranked third in service aces per set with a 1.26 average. Individually, Maiya Perich holds the same ranking in digs per set with a 4.43 average. Cami Richan is ranked seventh in the kills per set (3.00) and ninth in points per set (3.27), while Josalynn Wise is ranked seventh in aces per set (0.27) and Hillary Keltner is ranked eighth in assists per set (5.71).
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2011 Mountain West Volleyball Tournament on Friday-Sunday (Nov. 18-20). The eighth-seeded Falcons will play top-seed Colorado State, who clinched the outright conference title on Saturday with TCU's loss to San Diego State. Match times have not been determined yet.