Falcons Close Out Home Season
Nov. 12, 2012
The Air Force volleyball team closes out the 2012 home season this weekend with a pair of Mountain West matches. The Falcons will host Colorado State on Thursday, Nov. 15, before welcoming Wyoming to Falcon Court at East Gym on Saturday, Nov. 17, for their final home match of the year.
Thursday's match will begin at 6 p.m., while Saturday's contest will begin at 7 p.m. Single-match tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for youth. Live stats and videos will be available at GoAirForceFalcons.com Prior to Thursday's contest, the Falcons will honor Maiya Perich during the team's annual Senior Night Celebration.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
Colorado State, which is coming off of a pair of victories over UNLV (3-0) and Fresno State (3-1), are currently ranked second in the Mountain West with a 10-3 mark (17-7 overall). The Rams lead the league in hitting percentage, as they hit at a .262 clip. Individually, Brieon Paige and Megan Plourde are ranked first (.355) and second (.354), respectively, in that category. Plourde is also ranked second in blocks (1.54 bps), while Dana Cranston (3.53 kills) and Deedra Foss (10.68 assists) are ranked second in their respective stat standings.
SCOUTING THE COWGIRLS
Wyoming enters the week ranked seventh in the conference with a 6-7 record (19-10 overall), although the Cowgirls will face Boise State prior to Saturday's match at the Academy. Wyoming swept its two matches last weekend, defeating Fresno State (3-0) and UNLV (3-1). As a team, Wyoming leads the league in opponent hitting percentage (.138) and blocks (3.21). Individually, Erin Kirby and Becky Stewart lead the conference in blocks (1.67) and digs (4.65), respectively, while Jodi Purdy is ranked third in both kills (3.45) and service aces (0.28).
A LOOK AT THE CONFERENCE
In overall matches, Maiya Perich is ranked second with 4.41 digs per set. Hillary Keltner, who is tied for the MW lead with 13 double-doubles, is ranked fourth in assists with a 9.57 per-set average. In single-match standings, Raquel Rosas tied for the conference lead in hitting percentage following her .769 (10-0-13) performance at Nevada, while Cami Richan is ranked fourth with 27 kills in the Falcons' win over Arkansas State.
THOSE ARE SOME IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS
Over the Nov. 8-10 weekend, Maiya Perich recorded her 1300th career dig, while Hillary Keltner surpassed the 1400-mark in career assists. Keltner also hit the 900-helper mark at Nevada.
FALCONS TALLY FIRST MW ROAD WIN SINCE 2003
With a 3-1 victory over Nevada on Nov. 10, Air Force picked up its first Mountain West road win since 2003, snapping a 66-match losing streak in MW matches away from the Academy. Prior to the victory over the Wolfpack, the Falcons last won a conference match at Wyoming on Nov. 15, 2003.
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
The team recorded a conference-best .301 in their victory over Nevada. It is the Falcons' best single-match conference performance since 2003, while marking the third time this season that Air Force has hit over .250 in a MW match. Prior to the start of the season, the Falcons had only accomplished that feat once since 2003.
LEADING THE WAY
Backed by Felicia Clement's 15 kills, four Falcons tallied double-digit kill totals against the Wolfpack. Cami Richan added 14 strikes, while Maggie Sherrill and Raquel Rosas added respective totals of 11 and 10. Hillary Keltner assisted on 45 of the kills, while Clement and Ayesha Hein each tallied four blocks and Maiya Perich added 18 digs.
NO ANSWER FOR ROSAS
Nevada had no answer for Raquel Rosas, as the she posted a hitting percentage of .769 - the Falcons' best average of the season. The freshman recorded a career-best 10 kills on 13 swings with no errors to match the best hitting tally in the conference this season.
PUTTING UP THE POINTS
The 32-point output the Falcons accounted for in the third set is the program's second-highest single-set total since 25-point scoring went into effect for the 2008 season. The tally only trails the 35 points that the Falcons put up earlier this year against Colorado.
CLEMENT LEADS FALCONS AT SDSU
Felicia Clement paced the Falcons at San Diego State, tallying 10 kills to finish just one score shy of the match high. She also recorded a career-best two solo blocks in that match - doubling her total from the entire season in just one match.
HEIN NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Ayesha Hein earned Capital One Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA on Nov. 8, becoming the first Falcon since 2003 to earn first-team distinction. With a 3.99 GPA in astronautical engineering, Hein is the seventh Air Force player to earn all-district honors - and only the second to do so as a sophomore.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force wraps up the 2012 season next week, when it travels to Fresno State and UNLV. The Falcons make their first Mountain West appearance in Fresno, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 21, before concluding the season on Friday, Nov. 23, in Las Vegas, Nev.