Sept. 20, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andrew Jennette
BOCA RATON, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF volleyball team got off to a great start as it took the first two sets, but it was unable to maintain the momentum as FAU rallied for a five-set victory (26-24, 25-10, 19-25, 25-27, 10-15) on Friday night at FAU Arena. The Knights (9-4) concluded their non-conference slate with the loss.
FAU 3, UCF 2 – Box Score
The Knights put up a strong effort defensively as they held the Owls (6-6) to just a .179 attack percentage while racking up a season-high 20 block assists. Juniors Kaye-Alese Green and Loren Cory both picked up seven block assists at the net. UCF also had its best dig effort of 2013 with 91, paced by 28 from junior libero Jade Hayes. True freshmen Shelby Foyer and Taylor Gallart each set new career highs with 14 and 11 digs, respectively.
“Tonight was a classic example of volleyball being a momentum game,” head coach Todd Dagenais said. “We had plenty of momentum heading into the locker room and didn’t feel like we needed to make any changes. We knew FAU was going to make adjustments and we just did not do a good job of responding to their adjustments. We really struggled to stay patient and ultimately our errors just really caught up with us.”
The Black and Gold, however, was simply too mistake prone in the final three sets. UCF made 25 of its 36 errors over the final three sets and hit just .166 for the match after hitting .250 and .400 in the first two stanzas. Senior Angelica Crump had a strong offensive performance as she racked up 24 kills while hitting .309. Junior DeLaina Sarden had 13 kills, but was held to just a .258 attack percentage.
“A loss like this, right before conference, clearly identifies where we are, where we need to be and what we need to improve upon,” Dagenais continued. “Our team is extremely disappointed, especially considering we felt like we had the match under control, but there is a lot we can built off of this.”
UCF returns home in one week for a single match against rival USF in VolleyBowl IV. UCF Athletics will distribute vouchers starting one hour (7 p.m.) before match time to the first 1,000 students. Students will redeem those vouchers for Early Entry Passes at the end of the match. The vouchers and tickets will be distributed at Gate 2, at the southeast corner of The Venue on East Plaza Drive.