FalconVision Interview with Coach Swindle
After a successful homestand last weekend, the Air Force volleyball team heads back out on the road for a pair of Mountain West contests. In their final weekend series of the season, the Falcons will travel to Boise State on Thursday, Nov. 9, and Utah State on Saturday, Nov. 11.
FOLLOW ALONG FROM HOME
Live video and GameTracker will be available for both of this week’s contests. Direct links are available on the schedule page at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Air Force’s two opponents will face each other in Boise on Tuesday before hosting the Falcons later in the week. Boise State, which is currently 13-13 on the season, fell to 6-8 in conference play after a pair of road losses at Wyoming (1-3) and Colorado State (0-3). After splitting its matches with Colorado State (0-3) and Wyoming (3-1) last weekend, Utah State improved to 14-12 overall and 6-8 in Mountain West action. Boise State’s Sierra Nobley, who became the Mountain West’s all-time points leader last weekend, leads the league in kills (4.77) and points (5.37), while teammate Maddi Osburn paces the conference with 5.00 digs per set. As a team, the Broncos are ranked among the league’s top-three in kills (second, 12.82), assists (second, 12.95) and digs (third, 14.92). For Utah State, Lauren Anderson (kills: 4.01, points: 4.58), Kassidy Johnson (assists: 10.32) and Tasia Taylor (digs: 4.89) are all ranked second in the conference, while the squad is listed among the top-five in digs (second, 14.92), aces (third, 1.41), blocks (fourth, 2.38) and opponent hitting (fourth, .197).
SERIES HISTORY | LAST TIME OUT
Air Force is 3-11 all-time against Boise State and 2-6 in its lifetime series with Utah State. The Falcons, who have never taken a set off the Broncos in Boise, are 0-5 in Bronco Gym. Air Force is 1-3 in Logan, having captured the program’s first-ever victory over the Aggies during a road match in 2015. The Falcons defeated both teams during their previous contests at the Academy earlier this season. Air Force downed Utah State (26-24, 25-21, 24-26, 25-17) and swept Boise State (25-21, 32-30, 27-25) for the program’s first 2-0 conference weekend since 2014.
AIR FORCE IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS
After seven weeks of Mountain West play, Piper Heineck and Abigail Miksch are ranked among the conference leader in four different stat categories. Heineck is ranked second in hitting (.352) and sixth in blocks (1.25), while Miksch is listed fourth in points (4.34) and fifth in kills (3.71). For the season, Heineck is listed sixth in blocks (1.23), seventh in hitting (.313) and 10th in aces (0.28), while Miksch is ranked eighth in kills (3.25) and 10th in points (3.75). In addition, Denise Ssozi is ranked seventh in overall kills (3.28) and Shanleigh Conlan is listed 10th in assists (7.34), while the team is ranked fifth in the conference in aces (1.30) and blocks (2.28).
HEINECK NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After posting the best single-match blocking performance in the conference this season and setting three Academy records, Piper Heineck was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 6. It is the first award for Heineck and the third weekly honor of the season for the Falcons.
WHAT’S ON DECK
The 2017 campaign comes to a close next week, as Air Force faces New Mexico and UNLV in the only meetings between the two programs this season. The Falcons will host the Lobos on Wednesday, Nov. 15, before traveling to Last Vegas to wrap up the season against the Rebels on Saturday, Nov. 18.