Sep 6, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, FLA. (UCFKnights.com) – Riding a balanced and efficient offense on the outside, the UCF volleyball team continued its sweep streak by topping Elon (25-11, 25-13, 25-20) and George Washington (25-16, 25-13, 25-18) Friday at The Venue at UCF. The pair of victories gives UCF five-consecutive sweeps, its most since 2011.
The Knights (5-1) can clinch the tournament championship with a win tomorrow night over Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m. in the final match of the Holiday Inn Select UCF Classic. SFA is 1-1 in the tournament thus far with a victory over Elon and a loss to George Washington.
UCF 3, Elon 0 - Box Score
The Knights put together another masterful offensive performance against Elon (2-3), hitting .474 as a team while committing just six errors in 78 swings. The effort was highlighted by four players; junior Kaye-Alese Green, freshman Taylor Gallart, senior Angelica Crump and junior DeLaina Sarden all topping .500 attack percentage for the match.
“I’m really loving the versatility we have on the outside right now,” head coach Todd Dagenais said. “All three of our outside hitters are really bringing it.”
Gallart was especially strong in her third-consecutive start at outside hitter. The Germantown, Md., native led all players with a career-high 14 kills on 21 swings, while chipping in four digs, a service ace and a solo block. Facilitating the UCF attack was junior setter Marie Reiterova, who routinely made the correct decision en route to 35 assists. The Luxembourg native was also a factor defensively with five digs and four block assists.
UCF 3, George Washington 0 - Box Score
Balance was again critical for UCF in its nightcap sweep over the Colonials (2-3). For the second time on the day, four Knights registered at least six kills with Gallart once again leading the way with 11. The blossoming freshman also set a new career-mark defensively with seven digs. In the middle, Green was a force on both sides of the net as she set a new-career high with four solo blocks while chipping in six kills on a .625 attack percentage.
“Our performance was solid and consistent,” Dagenais said. “Teams look at our lineup and prioritize who they want to try and send multiple blockers at. Tonight, George Washington decided to take away Loren Cory and you saw the other four hitters put up some major numbers.”
Junior Jade Hayes cracked double-digit digs for the third time this season, leading the Knights’ back line with 10 total. The Ozark, Mo., native also pitched in a career-high three service aces. Reiterova once again had full command of the UCF offense as she topped her effort from earlier in the day with 37 assists, giving her a total of 72 assists for the day in six sets.