Volleyball Comes Up Short at SMU

Oct. 20, 2013

Final Stats

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By Andrew Jennette

DALLAS, Texas (UCFKnights.com)  - It was a challenging trip to Texas for the UCF volleyball team as it was swept for the second-consecutive match, this time by SMU (25-19, 25-15, 25-21) on Sunday afternoon at the Dedman Center. Despite the losses, the Black and Gold remain just two games out of second place in the American Athletic Conference standings.

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The Knights (13-7, 4-3 The American) again had a difficult time offensively as they hit .164 for the match and did not have an offensive player record double-digit kills. The Mustangs (13-8, 5-3) hit .286 and committed 13 attack errors compared to 17 from UCF. The Black and Gold did record more digs than SMU (49-48), but were topped in serve/receive by a tally of six aces to one.

“This was a tough weekend for our volleyball team in a lot of different ways,” UCF head coach Todd Dagenais said. “We have several individual players whose confidence is waning. It seems like that’s having an effect and making a big difference in the outcome of our matches. We know deep down that we have all the talent we need to be successful at a high level.”

Junior Ashley Gialenios got the start at outside hitter and responded with a strong two-way effort with a team-high eight kills on 23 swings for a .304 attack percentage. The Johns Creek, Ga., native also played well defensively on the back row with seven digs. Junior DeLaina Sarden matched Gialenios with eight kills and also recorded a team-high five block assists. Junior libero Jade Hayes had a match-high 20 digs and extended her double-digit streak to 15 matches. The transfer from Missouri is now averaging a season-best 4.40 digs per set on the season.

“Right now we are a team that needs to focus more on execution and being competitive and less on individual needs,” Dagenais said. “We got a lot of work to do this week, but I’m confident we’ll put the pieces back together. I’m just looking for people that are willing to fight relentlessly and when we find enough of them we’re going to be a championship team.”

UCF returns to action Friday night at 7 p.m. at The Venue against Temple. Students in attendance will receive 2000 Knightmare Reward points.



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