2007 UCF Volleyball Season Preview

GO KNIGHTS Head coach Meg Colado expects junior Jenny Heppert to step up as one of the team's leaders this season.
Head coach Meg Colado expects junior Jenny Heppert to step up as one of the team's leaders this season.

Aug. 22, 2007

Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - With the UCF volleyball season opening on Aug. 24, there are a few facts that you need to know about Meg Colado's new squad. From new faces, attitudes, home venues and competition, the 2007 team is ready to show what they are ready for the new season.

There will be a number of fresh faces in the court

The Knights have seven freshmen on their roster for the 2007 campaign: Blaire Brueggemeyer, Erin Callahan, Kerry Brown, Kristin Fisher, Kelly Weaver, Kristen Petrasic and Brittany Turnbull. All seven rookies bring with them impressive prep credentials and look to make an immediate impact for the Knights.

"I am terribly excited to have seven freshmen on the team," said head coach Meg Colado. "Each one in their own right could see some playing time."

The Knights have three places to call home this season

With renovations to the old UCF Arena taking place in order to make it a volleyball-only facility, Colado's squad will split time between the new UCF Arena, the old UCF Arena and the Education Gym on campus this season before their permanent home is completed in time for next fall. Go to www.UCFAthletics.com to find out where each home match will be played.

Several leaders are expected to step up

"I am looking for Schanell Neiderworder and Jenny Heppert to lead the squad this season," said Colado. "Schanell is incredibly physical and capable of leading a lot of statistical categories and she also has incredible knowledge of the program because she has been here for so long. Schanell is simply a good human being and a great person for her teammates to look up to. Jenny is very well organized, vocal and has strong opinions of where she thinks the program should be going. She has a very natural leadership quality about her."

The Knights are looking to achieve numerous goals

As a team, the Knights are working hard to finish in the top third of the conference and win matches against their in-state competition. Most importantly, they want to make sure they are continually making progress throughout the season.

"Conference USA is always strong," said Colado. "I am also looking forward to the USF match (Sept. 13), we always have an exciting rivalry with them."

Off the court, the Knights are aiming to have a team GPA of 3.2 or higher by the end of the season. Last season, UCF had seven members of the volleyball squad on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and one receive the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal. Four of those players are returning this season, so the Knights are well on their way.

Senior Schanell Neiderworder will climb the career record charts

After leading the Knights last season in block assists (59) and kills (305), Neiderworder earned her way to eighth and 10th respectively, all-time at UCF. She also moved to the 10th spot in total attempts and total blocks at the conclusion of the 2007 campaign and looks to climb even higher up the charts this fall.

Some tough competition is on the horizon

UCF will face three squads that played in the NCAA Championship a year ago, including two teams that ended the 2006 season ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. When the Knights travel to Boulder, Colo. Aug. 31-Sept. 1, they will face California and Colorado, who finished the year at No. 13 and No. 24, respectively. UCF will also face 2006 C-USA Tournament champion UAB twice during the season.

For the latest news and information on the Knights, tickets or apparel log on to www.ucfathletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. Also check out UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pics.




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