Volleyball: Team makes quick work of conference foe

A sweep of conference opponents last week brings the volleyball team to its strongest start under head coach Prentice Lewis.The 15-2 record for the Horned Frogs trumps the 13-2 start for Lewis and her squad during the 2006 season.

In a weekend match against last seasons’ Mountain West Conference last place finishers, Air Force, the Horned Frogs managed to notch a quick three-game match victory.

The match win (30-15, 30-15, 30-12) came against a 7-9 Air Force team that did not prove to be much of a problem for the Horned Frogs. The match itself took less than 90 minutes to complete. The victory pulls the team’s MWC record to 2-1 and the Horned Frogs are now in a four-way tie for second place in the conference. The next match against a conference opponent will be away Friday against the New Mexico Lobos, another 2-1 team.

The home crowd was able to see senior Calli Corley continue to chip away at the all-time record for digs. Corley entered the season 329 digs short of the record, and after her 14-dig performance Friday night, she is now 67 digs shy.

Prominence at the net was key for the Horned Frogs against Air Force as the blocking game was exceptional with the 12 total assisted blocks during the match.

Junior Devon Kirk pitched in on three of the blocks, and tallied six and a half points for the evening.

Only the second game of the match had the Horned Frogs facing any remote threat. The game was tied 9-9 before the team went on a 10-1 tear on the shoulders of sophomore Lauren Otto. Otto capitalized on most of her opportunities during the match with powerful blasts to the hardwood. The Arlington native finished the evening with 11 kills.

Editor’s Note: The Daily Skiff was not allowed to interview the head coach or players after the game.