FalconVision Interview with Coach Swindle
The Air Force volleyball team closes out the 2017 campaign this week with two conference contests. The Falcons will host New Mexico in their home finale on Wednesday, Nov. 15, before traveling to UNLV for the final contest of the season on Saturday, Nov. 18. It is the Falcons’ first meeting of the year against the Lobos and Rebels.
FOLLOW ALONG FROM HOME
Video and stats will be available for this week’s home contest with New Mexico, while both are also scheduled to be offered for the road match at UNLV. Direct links will be available on the team’s schedule page at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
Air Force will honor its lone senior – Piper Heineck – prior to Wednesday’s match.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
New Mexico and UNLV faced each other Monday night, with the Lobos earning a 3-0 sweep of the Rebels. New Mexico, which has played four matches in the last five days, improved to 16-15 on the year and 7-10 mark conference play, while UNLV dropped to 8-21 overall and 4-12 in the Mountain West. New Mexico has a pair of athletes ranked fourth in their respective MW stat categories, as Lauren Twitty holds a 3.71 kills-per-set average and Ashley Kelsey holds a 4.35 digs-per-set average. UNLV’s Leka Falefa-Kiner holds a top-five ranking in digs (fifth, 4.19), while Ashley Owens is ranked seventh in blocks with a 1.22 per-set average. As a team, New Mexico is ranked third in the conference in digs (14.60), while UNLV is listed among the league’s top five in blocks (fourth, 2.34)
Air Force is 3-36 all-time against New Mexico and 3-37 in its lifetime series with UNLV. The Falcons’ last victory over the Lobos came during a road contest in 2003 and the Falcons have taken just seven sets off of the Lobos since that time. Air Force last defeated UNLV in 2015, sweeping the Rebels to snap a 31-match losing skid against their conference counterparts from Las Vegas. The Falcons have not faced either school this season.
AIR FORCE IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS
Entering the final week of the Mountain West season, Piper Heineck and Abigail Miksch are ranked among the conference leaders in four different stat categories. Heineck is ranked third in hitting (.352) and fifth in blocking (1.25), while Miksch is listed fifth in points (4.10) and sixth in kills (3.51). For the overall season, Heineck is listed fifth in blocks (1.23) and seventh in hitting (.316), while Miksch is ranked 10th in kills (3.17). In addition, Denise Ssozi is ranked eighth in overall kills (3.23), while the team is ranked fifth in service aces (1.28).
HEINECK TAKES OVER AIR FORCE DI BLOCKING RECORDS
With eight assisted stops against Utah State on Nov. 11, Piper Heineck became the Academy’s single-season leader for both assisted and total blocks at the Division I level. Heineck, who equaled the program’s DI single-season record for total blocks against Boise State on Nov. 9, accounted for the record-setting block on her first stop in the second set against the Aggies. She took over sole possession of first on the team’s single-season assisted blocks list with her with a block to tie the set at 16-all.
WHAT’S ON DECK
The season is complete.