Falcons Open MWC Tournament with New Mexico
Nov. 20, 2006
2006 Record: 9-19 (5-11 MWC)
Head Coach: Kelley McKee
Who to Watch: Jeanne Fairchild (3.33 kpg); Joelle Ingram (1.17 bpg)
2006 Record: 25-2 (16-0 MWC)
Head Coach: Beth Launiere
Who to Watch: Airial Slavo (4.23 kpg); Emillie Toone (1.93 bpg)
WHEN LAST WE MET: Air Force dropped both regular season decisions to
AIR FORCE IN THE MWC TOURNAMENT: Air Force has never won a match in the Mountain West Conference tournament and is 0-1 in play-in matches. The Falcons have only faced
DENIED: Freshman Michelle Harrington has boasted the team's top blocking numbers in 11 of the last 14 matches. She has single-handedly led the Falcons in five of those matches, including a career-high seven stops against Centenary, while tying for the top spot in the other six.
SENIOR SALUTE: This weekend marked the final home matches for the Falcons' lone senior Tara Dunn. Although she has only been with the program for the past two seasons, Dunn never fails to bring a spark to the lineup whenever she steps on the court.
WAIT! THERE'S ONE MORE: Air Force would also like to thank senior Jeff West, who has spent the past season as a cadet manager.
AN OPEN-SHUT CASE: Air Force opened the 2006 Mountain West Conference slate facing the same teams (
DOUBLE DOWN: Seeing significant action over the Nov. 10-12 weekend, senior Tara Dunn doubled her season kill total in just two matches. 11 of her 21 total kills this season came against UNLV and
THE BIRTHDAY GIRL: Saturday (Nov. 18) marked the 24th birthday of sophomore Ellen Bina. A graduate of the Academy's prep school, Bina spent four years enlisted in the Air Force, serving as a jet engine mechanic at RAF Lakenheath,
COUNTING CANDLES: It is the third time this season that a member of the Air Force team celebrated her birthday on the court. Classmate Jasamine Pettie celebrated her birthday at BYU on Sept. 15, while freshman Hannah Sorber's Oct. 14 birthday was the same day as the UNLV match.
FIRST TO 200: Freshman Katie Batchelder was the first and only Falcon to record 200 kills this season, hitting that plateau with her final kill against UNLV on Nov. 10. She currently has 223 on the season.
AMONG THE BEST: Accounting for 30 service aces in 76 games, junior Rebecca Gerton is ranked second in the Mountain West Conference with a 0.39 aces-per-game average. Gerton has had two five-ace matches, which is tied for third in the league in terms of single-match production.
'RANK' YOU VERY MUCH: The Falcons are currently ranked fourth in the MWC with 1.54 aces per game. Only TCU (2.06),
MORE STATISICAL NEWS: With 16 total aces against