Nov. 12, 2013
The Air Force volleyball team heads north this week for a pair of conference contests against Wyoming and Colorado State. The Falcons will travel to Laramie, Wyo., for a rematch with the Cowgirls on Thursday, Nov. 14, before heading to Fort Collins, Colo., for their second match of the year against the 10th-ranked Rams on Friday, Nov. 15.
Thursday's match will be held at the UniWyo Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo., while Friday's contest will be held at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colo. Both matches will be streamed live on theMW.com, while live stats will be available through the schools' respective websites.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Wyoming and Colorado State faced each other last Tuesday in Laramie, with the Rams taking the final three sets for a 3-1 victory. The two squads also hosted Nevada over the weekend, sweeping the Wolfpack in both contests. Wyoming is 15-13 on the season and 5-9 in conference play, while league-leading Colorado State is ranked 10th in the latest AVCA Coaches' Poll with a perfect 24-0 (14-0 MW) record.
DID YOU KNOW?
With a #10 ranking, Colorado State is the second top-10 team that the Falcons have faced this season, as Air Force faced eighth-ranked Stanford in Arlington, Va., during non-conference play. The Falcons are 1-2 on the season against teams earning a mention in the AVCA polls.
Although Wyoming leads the all-time series with Air Force by a 31-6 margin, the Falcons snapped a 19-match losing streak to the Cowgirls during the last meeting between the two programs on Sept. 28. Colorado State holds a 40-1 all-time record against the Falcons, with Air Force's only win coming in 1982.
PARKER NAMED AIR FORCE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Highlighted by a league-leading .722 hitting percentage in the Falcons' win over Boise State, Taylor Parker was named the Air Force Athlete of the Week on Nov. 12. She is the third volleyball player to earn the athletic department's weekly honor this fall.
FALCONS EARN FIRST-EVER WIN OVER BOISE STATE
Air Force's 25-15, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22 win over Boise State on Nov. 9 marked the program's first-ever victory over the Broncos, who had entered the match with a 7-0 all-time advantage over the Falcons (6-0 as MW opponents).
NO ANSWER FOR PARKER
Boise State had no answer for Taylor Parker, who dropped a career-high 13 kills on the Broncos, while adding one solo and three assisted blocks. Parker, who recorded a .722 average with 13 kills and no errors on 18 attempts, accounted for the best single-match performance in the Mountain West so far this season, as well as the best individual average by an Air Force player since 1997 (Kim Pruett, .727).
THEY CAME OUT SWINGING
As a team, Air Force hit over .250 in all four sets, while out-hitting Boise State by 138 points (.296-.158) for the match. During the first set, the Falcons not only held the Broncos to negative hitting, but they also posted their highest single-set average of the conference season (.407). Backed by Taylor Parker's .722 average (13-0-18), three Falcons hit over .400 in the match, including Ayesha Hein (.423, 13-2-26) and Collette Foster (.429, 4-1-7).
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force closes out the 2013 season with five matches in 10 days, traveling to New Mexico (Nov. 20), Nevada (Nov. 22) and Utah State (Nov. 25), before returning to the Academy for its final two matches against Fresno State (Nov. 27) and San Jose State (Nov. 29).