Falcons Travel to Greeley for UNC Invitational

Aug. 29, 2012

The Air Force volleyball team travels to Greeley, Colo., this weekend for the Hampton Inn and Suites Classic, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado. The Falcons will play Oklahoma and North Dakota State on Friday, Aug. 31, before closing out the weekend against the host Bears on Saturday, Sept. 1.

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TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
The Hampton Inn and Suites Classic will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion in Greeley, Colo. Tournament tickets were announced at $12 for adults and $7 for youth. Live stats will be available for every match at uncbears.com. In addition, UNC will have a free live video stream during its match with the Falcons on Saturday afternoon.

FRIDAY, AUG. 31
11:00 a.m.: Air Force vs. Oklahoma
4:30 p.m.: North Dakota State vs. Air Force
7:00 p.m.: Oklahoma vs. Northern Colorado

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1
10:00 a.m.: Oklahoma vs. North Dakota State
12:00 p.m.: Northern Colorado vs. Air Force
7:00 p.m.: North Dakota State vs. Northern Colorado

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Air Force's upcoming opponents combined for a 6-3 record during the first weekend of volleyball. Oklahoma went 3-0, posting victories over Missouri State (3-1), Western Michigan (3-0) and Tulsa (3-2), while Northern Colorado also claimed a perfect 3-0 mark, defeating TCU (3-1), Belmont (3-0) and Alabama A&M (3-0). North Dakota State was defeated in their three matches by Northern Illinois (2-3), New Mexico State (1-3) and Wichita State (0-3).

SERIES HISTORY
Air Force has never faced Oklahoma, while North Dakota State holds a 5-1 lead in the all-time series, although the two schools haven't played one another since 2005. The Falcons have taken on Northern Colorado 64 times (UNC leads 51-13), although the two schools have only faced off seven times as Division I opponents (UNC leads 7-0).

RICHAN NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Cami Richan was named to the all-tournament team of the Rice Invitational, after ranking second among all participants with 4.70 kills-per-set. She amassed 47 total kills, including a career-best 27-kill output during the Falcons' victory over Arkansas State. Richan also ranked second overall in terms of points-per-set, with a 4.85 average.

PERICH KEEPS CLIMBING
With her final dig of the Falcons' match with BYU on Aug. 25, Maiya Perich moved into second on the program's all-time Division I list for digs. Through the first weekend of her senior season, she has collected 892 digs ... a mark that is only 33 off of the program record.

KELTNER SETS CAREER MARK
Hillary Keltner recorded 46 kills during Air Force's four-set victory over Arkansas State, setting a new personal high. Helping on 88-percent of the Falcons' kills, Keltner broke her previous mark of 44 that was set during a five-match set at Denver last year.

AIR FORCE = CONFERENCE LEADERS
Following a 4.70 kills-per-set weekend at Rice, Cami Richan became the first Air Force volleyball player in the last decade to lead the Mountain West, as she ranked first in both kills and points (4.85 per set). In addition, Hillary Keltner is ranked fourth in assists (9.70 per set) and Maiya Perich holds the same placement in digs (4.40 per set).

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
Hillary Keltner is tied for first in the conference with two double-doubles. She recorded 27 assists and 10 digs against Rice for her first career double-double, while adding to that total with a 46 assist-10 dig performance against Arkansas State.

A FALCON FIRST
With a score to tie the opening set at one, Felicia Clement recorded the Falcons' first kill of the 2012 season. She also became the first underclassmen to record a double-digit kill total, as she collected 15 against Arkansas State.

FRESHMEN RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION
The Falcons' impressive nine-member freshmen class became the first recruiting class in program history to earn High Honorable Mention from PrepVolleyball.com, the only website to recognize the nation's top incoming classes for collegiate volleyball.

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Maiya Perich was selected as the squad's captain for the second straight year in 2012. The senior became the first solo team captain since Michelle Harrington in 2009 and the first back-to-back captain since Jasamine Pettie in 2007-08.

ON THE BENCH
Matt McShane returns for his third season as the head coach of the Falcons' volleyball program. Since his arrival, Air Force claimed its first Mountain West victory in over five years and its first true road contest in two years. He is joined by assistant coaches Louella Maxwell and Marc Swindle, as well as volunteer coach AJ Joseph.

MEDIA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
The 2012 Air Force Volleyball Media Guide is now available online at GoAirForceFalcons.com.

FALCONS ON FACEBOOK
The volleyball team is on Facebook! Search "afvolleyball" and become a fan today for the most up-to-date information on the volleyball program.

WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force will travel to our nation's capital for the first-ever All-Academy Championships at the Pentagon on Sept. 7-8, facing service academy rivals Army, Citadel and Navy.