Falcons Fall to Cougars at Rice Invitational
Aug. 25, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas - With her final dig of the second set, Air Force senior Maiya Perich moved into second on the Academy's Division I career digs list, as the Air Force volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to former conference opponent BYU on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Rice Invitational in Houston, Texas. The Falcons fell in straight 25-16, 25-12, 25-11 sets to the Cougars.
BYU took the first two points, but sophomore Ayesha Hein put the Falcons on the board with a kill. Air Force pulled within one (3-2) off of a score from junior Cami Richan, while additional kills from freshmen Raquel Rosas (4-3) and Felicia Clement (5-4) kept the Falcons within one. An error by the Cougars evened the score at five, but BYU claimed four of the next five points to go ahead 9-6. The Falcons responded, as Hein (one kill) and Richan (three) combined for four of the next five points to deadlock the set at 10. The Cougars claimed the next five scores, before Richan and freshman Taylor Parker stopped the run with a pair of back-to-back kills. Freshman Raquel Rosas added a score at the 18-13 mark, while Clement and Hein scored a pair to pull the tally within four (19-15). The Cougars closed out the set on a 6-1 run to take the first game by a 25-16 score.
Kills by Hein and Richan broke up a 10-2 run by BYU to open the second set, but Air Force responded with five of the next seven points to cut the score to 12-7. Rosas and Richan teamed up for a block, while Rosas and Clement added kills. Sophomore Emma Dridge recorded the Falcons' first service ace of the season to bring the score within four (13-9). Hein brought the Falcons back within four (15-11) behind back-to-back points (kill, ace), but BYU used a 10-1 run to take the second set 25-12.
The third set started similar to the second, as the Cougars quickly took command of the scoreboard. A kill from Richan and a solo block by sophomore Hillary Keltner were the only interruptions during a 17-2 start for BYU. Freshman Meg Bright earned her first collegiate kill, while Rosas and Hein added scores (19-6). Clement added another kill, while Bright's second score of the day put the Falcons at 10. Richan added a final kill, but BYU went on to win the final game by a 25-11 mark.
Richan led the Falcons with nine kills, while teaming up with Parker for an assisted block. Keltner, who accounted for the only solo block on either side of the net, also paced Air Force with 24 assists. Dridge, Hein and junior Josalynn Wise recorded service aces, while Hein posted a team-high .500 hitting percentage, connecting on six of 10 attempts (one error). Perich accounted for 10 total digs, which brought her career total to 877 - the second-most digs in the Academy's Division I history.
Air Force returns to action at 4:30 p.m., when it closes out the Rice Invitational against Arkansas State.