Volleyball Set for Televised Match with Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports

March 28, 2014

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By Andrew Jennette

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – Coming off a successful spring fling home tournament, the UCF volleyball team will head to the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World to take on Florida in their third weekend of spring action. The match takes place on Sunday and will begin at approximately 4 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3.

Fans who are unable make it out to the Wide World of Sports complex can tune in on ESPN3 using this direct link: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/1771478/NCAA-Womens-Volleyball-Central-Florida-vs-Florida

“It’s a really unique opportunity for us to be able to play against a team in the spring that we’re going to play in the fall,” head coach Todd Dagenais said. “We’re going to treat it like a fall match in terms of how we prepare. It’s a good opportunity any time you get to play a top-10 team in the country. The fact that we get to do it at Disney at the conclusion of USA National Qualifying will be fun. It’s really exciting to play such a great team and do it on ESPN3.”

Last weekend, the Knights played four, two-set matches during their annual Spring Fling event. UCF tied rival USF 1-1 (30-32, 25-22) and defeated West Florida (25-19, 25-23), Tampa (25-21, 25-23) and Florida Southern (25-21, 25-16). The event raised approximately $1,200 dollars for the Central Florida chapter of Hands and Voices.

“I thought we took a huge step in the right direction this past weekend,” Dagenais said. “We specifically identified the things we needed to work on from last week. Transition work. Our blocking schemes. How quickly we set the ball, those kind of things. I thought we really transferred from practice into last weekend’s matches pretty well. We know we have very specific things we need to work on and we are addressing those in this week’s practice. It was a nice jump from the first weekend of our spring weekend to the second. We’re still not where we want to be and we’re going to continue to try and close the gap in the coming weeks.”

Newcomer Abbie Fleener shined at her right-side position, racking up 16 kills on 31 swings with just three errors for a .419 attack percentage. She was joined by two-time All American DeLaina Sarden who led the team with 26 kills on 37 swings with just a lone error for a .595 clip.

Fleener’s presence is expected to create numerous opportunities for the UCF middles, who will not be leaned upon to carry such a heavy burden offensively.

“I really feel like Abbie is really starting to settle in to our offence now,” Dagenais continued. “She hit over .400 on the weekend and having her hit those kind of numbers takes a lot of pressure off our middles to carry rotations. In turn that takes a lot of pressure off our outsides hitters. We watched our outside hitters bump up because of that. Being able to spread the ball from antenna to antenna is going to be really important to our success this season.”

Senior middle Kaye-Alese Green returned to the court for the first time this spring and smacked eight kills on 15 swings with an error for a .467 attack percentage.

Jade Hayes shined on the back row with a team-high 35 digs. Setter Marie Reiterova also cracked the double-digit digs tally with 15 while also chipping in 25 assists. 



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