Volleyball Closes Out Home Season with Two Matches

The Air Force volleyball team closes out the home portion of its delayed 2020 season this week, with a pair of conference contests at Cadet East Gym. Facing two different teams in the same homestand for the first time this season, the Falcons will welcome Wyoming to the Academy on Thursday, March 25, before closing out the weekend against Boise State on Saturday, March 27.
Jason Carter and Matt McShane will call the Thursday (6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (1:00 p.m.) matches for the Mountain West Network. Live stats will also be available and direct links to both video and stats can be found on the team’s schedule page at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
The teams with the three lowest opponent hitting percentages in the Mountain West will be at the Academy this weekend – Air Force (.153), Boise State (.167), Wyoming (.182). The latter two, which are ranked second and third, respectively, in the conference standings, are also the top two blocking teams in the league.
Currently 8-4 on the year, Wyoming hasn’t played since splitting a March 12-13 series at Fresno State, as their March 20 contest against Nevada was cancelled. The Cowgirls are currently ranked among the league’s top three in blocking (second: 2.70 bps), hitting (third: .236) and opponent hitting (third: .182). Individually, Jackie McBride is ranked among the Mountain West’s top five in both blocks (third: 1.26 bps) and hitting (fourth: .371). Backed by victories in the last 12 contests, Wyoming holds a 43-6 lead in the all-time series with the Falcons.
Boise State, which will travel to Colorado State prior to its contest with the Falcons, is 10-3 on the year and ranked second in the Mountain West with two weeks remaining. The Broncos, who are coming off a 3-2 home loss to San Diego State on March 20, are ranked among the league leaders in blocks (first: 2.88), hitting (second: .242), opponent hitting (second: .167), kills (second: 13.26), assists (second: 12.02) and digs (third: 14.87). Annie Kaminski (hitting: .407), Danielle Boss (assists: 9.78) and Jessica Donahue (blocks: 1.61) lead the Mountain West’s individual standings, while Lauren Ohlinger is ranked second in kills (4.13) and Donahue is third in hitting (.376). The Broncos hold a 14-4 lead over Air Force in the all-time series, although the Falcons have won their last two home matches in the series.
Highlighted by holding opponents to a league-low .153 hitting percentage, the Falcons are ranked among the top half of the conference standings in four statistical categories. In addition to the No. 1 ranking in opponent hitting, Air Force also listed fourth in kills (12.61 per set), fourth in aces (1.76) and fifth in assists (11.61). Individually, Jordan Daniels and BrookeLyn Messenger are listed fourth in digs (3.92) and aces (0.42), respectively, while Joi Harvey is ranked sixth in hitting (0.344).
Air Force closes out this unique spring volleyball season next weekend, when it heads to the West Coast for conference contests at San Diego State (April 1) and UNLV (April 3).


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