Nov. 30, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andrew Jennette
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (UCFKnights.com) - It was a fitting conclusion for the UCF volleyball team as it swept Temple (25-12, 25-20, 25-22) to conclude its inaugural run in the American Athletic Conference in third place. The Knights (21-10, 12-6 The American) finished their 2013 campaign with the most wins in a season since 2003.
Statistically, UCF saved its best for last as it put together one of its most complete performances of the year on both sides of the net, racking up 42 kills with just 13 errors to go along with a remarkable 64 digs in just three sets. The Knights also were strong in serve/receive as they came away with five aces while allowing just one from the Owls (18-12, 9-9).
"I could not think of a better way to end our regular season than to have the complete effort that we put forth as a team tonight," UCF head coach Todd Dagenais said. "We were exceptional both offensively and defensively. We hit all of our marks. We were high in kills and low in errors which is something we always want to do. Once again our blocking and defensive schemes put Temple in a position to make some tight shots and I thought that contributed to some of their errors and getting them out of system."
Senior Angelica Crump was dominant in her final regular-season match as she led the charge offensively with 13 kills and a .281 hit percentage. The Atlanta, Ga., native finished her final slate with 386 kills, giving her 1,489 for her career. Crump's career mark is good for fifth on the UCF all-time record book. Adjusting for rally scoring, Crump is the most successful offensive player in the history of the UCF volleyball program.
"It sure was nice to see Angelica go out and hit nearly .300 and Roxy Mendez to go out and come up with nine big digs on her last night. We finished the year strong and did what we needed to do with the schedule we put forth. I'm very proud of the effort this team put in from beginning to end this season. All in all, it was a complete total team effort and a great way to end the regular season. The group really put come great things together this year."
The back line of defense was strong all night for the Knights as three players reached double-digit digs including junior libero Jade Hayes (13), freshman outside Taylor Gallart (11) and junior setter Marie Reiterova who earned her 13th double-double of the season with 38 assists and 13 digs. Junior DeLaina Sarden capped her All-American caliber season with 12 kills on 15 swings with no errors. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native finished her season with a remarkable .409 attack percentage, the highest single-season percentage in UCF volleyball history.
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