March 13, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF volleyball team opens its busy 2014 spring season this Sunday with a 4 p.m. match with Jacksonville at The Villages - Florida's premier active adult retirement community.
2014 Spring Schedule
“We’ve spent a lot of time this spring going back to fundamentals as a team,” head coach Tood Dagenais said. “Now we’re starting to build our offensive systems. We’re changing our offensive system quite a bit. We are also making a lot of adjustments to our defensive system. We’re trying to play a little bit faster than we have in the past. Defensively we’re starting to utilize more of a swing block to put ourselves in a position to get more touches on attacks rather than having our defense dig it straight up. So far I’ve been pleased with the results.”
This Sunday’s match against Jacksonville is part of a growing effort by UCF to connect with people who live in The Villages. The match v. JU is free of charge and is being hosted by The Villages’ popular adult volleyball club. The Knights will be holding a mini clinic with the club after the match.
“We decided to play this match up at The Villages because we thought it would be a unique way to get some UCF exposure to them,” Dagenais continued. “We’re really looking forward to building the relationship with the members of The Villages.”
The following weekend is UCF’s annual spring fling tournament featuring USF, Florida Southern, Tampa and West Florida. Taking place on March 22, this event is once again a benefit for the Central Florida chapter of Hands and Voices which is a charity that supports families of deaf and hard of hearing children. Each year the Knights have been able to raise money for the charity by charging an admission of $5 dollars at the door. Every cent raised will go to the charity. The first match will kick off around 9 a.m. with the last match wrapping up around 5 p.m.
On March 30th, UCF will take on Florida at the Disney Wide World of Sports. The match will take place at the conclusion of the USA Volleyball Disney qualifier and is set to begin at approximately 4 p.m.
“We are really excited about our third spring weekend,” Dagenais said. “We’ve been trying to navigate the NCAA rules about playing a match where prospects are. After a ton of consultation with the NCAA, we found out that as long as a separate ticket is sold and the match is in a separate building, then we can play at a prospect tournament. Fans that are at the Disney Wide World of Sports can pay extra and stick around for our match with. Obviously we’re expecting a nice crowd. It will be nice for us to get a close look at a team we’re going to play in the fall.”
The Knights will wrap up the spring on April 6th at USF as part of the Bulls’ mini-tournament. Details are still being finalized in terms of opponents and match times, but it will be another great opportunity for UCF to play against local opponents.