Volleyball Edged by SMU on Family Night

Nov. 22, 2013

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By Andrew Jennette

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF volleyball team got off to a great start on Friday evening as they took the opening set in front of a raucous crowd of 447 at The Venue. However, they were unable to maintain their momentum as SMU rallied back for a 3-1 (25-17, 17-25, 25-27, 15-25) victory to solidify their hold on second place in the American Athletic Conference standings.

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It was a defense-dominated contest as both teams were held significantly below their season averages for attack percentage. The Mustangs (20-9, 12-4 The American) held the Knights (19-10, 10-5) to just a .146 clip for the match while hitting just .211. UCF won both the dig battle, 55-44, and the block, 14-13, but were just unable to come up with enough quality swings on the outside to take control of the match.

“Obviously this is a disappointing match for us,” UCF head coach Todd Dagenais said. “We prepared pretty hard for this match and I thought it showed in the first set. In the second set I thought SMU made some nice adjustments with their blocking schemes, but I thought we had some offensive opportunities we just didn’t take advantage of.  The third set was the same thing as the second, we just couldn’t seize the opportunities that we had.”

Junior middle blocker Kaye-Alese Green had a career night as she blasted 12 kills on 20 swings for a .500 hit percentage. The 12 kills were a new career high for the Jacksonville native who also chipped in a team-best seven combined blocks (one solo). Green has started every match and played in every set for the Black and Gold this season and leads the team with 1.16 blocks per set. Junior libero Jade Hayes had 18 digs, three assists and one service ace from her spot in the back row. Junior right-side hitter Loren Cory had seven kills, four digs and six combined blocks.

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Despite the loss, it was an evening worth celebrating for the program as the team honored all of the parents and family members of their current athletes before the match. In addition to the Family Night festivities, Dagenais also inducted former AVCA All-American Jenny Frank as well as the 2003 UCF volleyball squad that won the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round into the inaugural class of the UCF Volleyball Ring of Honor.

“I am extremely grateful for everything Todd and his staff have done for UCF now and for past volleyball players” Frank said after being honored. “Being able to come back and be part of an alumni group like tonight was great. One thing about our 2003 team that separated it from other teams is that we trusted each other and we were extremely honest with each other so we always appreciated everything we gave each other.”

UCF returns to action at home for the final time in the 2013 season on Sunday at 2 p.m. as they host Houston for Senior Day. Angelica Crump and Roxy Mendez will be honored for the hard work and effort they have put into the UCF program over the last four years.



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