Oct. 25, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – It was a block party for the UCF volleyball team as it denied a season-best 13 shots and earned an impressive sweep (27-25, 25-20, 25-16) over Temple at The Venue on Friday night. The Knights (14-7, 5-3 The American) snapped their three-match losing streak and improved to 11-1 in front of their home crowd.
The Black and Gold dominated the Owls (15-5, 6-2) in attack percentage, hitting .272 to just .118, and overwhelmed Temple at the net with a hustling defense. The Knights’ 4.33 blocks per set for the match was by far their highest output of the season. UCF also won the dig battle, 54-31.
“I’m very proud of our team and how they competed tonight,” UCF head coach Todd Dagenais said. “Temple came in with a 15-4 record and a 5-1 record in conference and they had wins over two teams we just lost to last weekend. We knew last weekend was uncharacteristic and not a true reflection of who we are. We’ve already shown what we can do this season when we’re functioning at a high level. I thought we functioned at a really high level tonight, stayed low error, and dug deep to win rallies.”
Junior Ashley Gialenios put together her best all-around performance of the season as she racked up 10 kills on a .318 attack percentage to go along with a season-high five combined blocks (two solo). The John’s Creek, Ga., native pitched in a pair of digs as well as a service ace and has topped the .300 attack clip in each of her last three matches.
“Ashley is one of the most unselfish kids we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Dagenais said. “She knew what her limitations were and she knew what she had to do to get on the floor and she just continues to work on those things so hard in practice. Ashley’s out there because she has unbelievable block timing. She said herself that she’s not the greatest leaper, but she’s just a really good volleyball player.”
Beyond Gialenios, the Knights were led offensively by their junior middles, DeLaina Sarden, who blasted a team-high 11 kills and hit .529, and Kaye-Alese Green who had seven kills without an error for a .583 hit percentage. Defensively, both players were strong as Sarden denied five shots and Green stopped four. Junior libero Jade Hayes extended her double-digit digs streak to 16 matches with a team-high 13.
The Knights will look to maintain their momentum on Sunday afternoon when they return to The Venue for “Volloween” against Memphis at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the fans that are voted as having the scariest and funniest costumes.