Hillary Keltner Named Volleyball MVP
Dec. 2, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force sophomore Hillary Keltner was named the MVP of the Falcons' volleyball team during the program's annual awards banquet on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Falcon Stadium Press Box. Keltner's award was one of four team honors handed out by the Falcons' coaching staff.
Keltner became the fifth Falcon in Division I history (and the first since 2005) to record over 1,000 assists in a season, as she ended the 2012 campaign with 1,018 total helpers. In addition, Keltner led the team in hitting, as she performed at a .253 clip over the year with 113 kills. The sophomore also helped the Falcons defensively, ranking second on the team with 216 digs and adding 41 total blocks, including five solo stops. Over the season, Keltner collected 13 double-doubles (assists-digs), which was tied for second among all players in the Mountain West.
After another record setting year, senior Maiya Perich claimed the program's Defensive Player of the Year award. One season after setting the Academy DI record for single-season digs, Perich shattered that mark in 2012, accounting for 479 digs. Averaging 4.39 digs per set, the team captain also set a new DI single-season mark in that statistical category, while ranking second in the Mountain West in overall matches. In addition to her defensive contributions, the Falcons' libero added a team-leading 19 service aces, 46 assists and three kills. It is the second consecutive Defensive POY award for Perich, who was one of just two Falcons to play in all 109 sets.
The final two awards went to a pair of freshmen. Felicia Clement was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Maggie Sherrill received the Coaches Award. Clement, who started 25 games for the Falcons in her rookie year, including the final 20, ranked second on the team with 321 kills and a 2.76 per-set average. The freshmen paced the Falcons in kills during 10 of the final 11 conference games, which included career-best marks in kills (16, vs. New Mexico) and hitting percentage (.480, vs. Colorado State). Sherrill was a constant contributor for Air Force, ranking third on the team with 2.21 kills per set (172 total). Highlighting the freshman's initial campaign was a personal-best 18 kills against Denver and five total blocks against Colorado.
The Falcons finished the 2012 season with a 9-21 record, including a 3-13 mark in Mountain West action. The win totals, both overall and in conference, are the most since 2003.