Nov. 28, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force libero Maiya Perich capped off a strong junior campaign with two of the program's Division I single-season records in 2011, as well as one single-match record, while becoming the only player in DI history to record 400 digs in a single season.
Perich became the program's Division I leader in single-season digs on Nov. 10, as she broke Tracy Wilkerson's 1999 standard of 355. Perich concluded the season with 400 total digs to shatter the previous mark by 45. Perich also set the Academy Division I single-season record with 4.17 digs per game. That average, the first by a Division I player of at least four digs/set, is more than a half dig better than the previous mark of 3.59 that Wilkerson had held since 1999.
In addition, her 4.17 digs-per-game average is the fourth-best single-season total in the Academy's 35-year history (counting both the program's Division I and Division II years). Perich became just the sixth player all-time to tally at least four digs per set. The junior joined current assistant coach Louella (Lovely) Maxwell on the all-time single-season list, as Maxwell holds the two highest single-season averages (5.13 in 1993, 4.90 in 1994) in Academy history.
Earlier this season, Perich recorded the program's Division I single-match digs record with 36 defensive stops against Denver (Sept. 1).
Over the first three years of her career, Perich has accounted for 848 digs to move into third on the program's Division I list for career digs. She also tallied her 70th career service ace in 2011 to move into seventh on the Division I career list.
In addition to Perich's placement among the Division I leaders, freshman Ayesha Hein debuted in fourth on the program's top 10 lists with a .275 hitting percentage. Collecting 219 kills on 520 swings, while committing just 76 errors, Hein became only the fifth Division I player to hit over .250 in a single season (with a minimum of 500 attempts).