Nov. 21, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF volleyball team will host its final two home conference matches of the season when it welcomes SMU and Houston to The Venue at UCF on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Knights (19-8, 10-4 The American) will use the weekend to honor its two outgoing seniors as well as induct two past contributors into the volleyball program’s Ring of Honor.
Friday night is “Family Night” as the team will honor all parents and family members of current athletes in attendance before the match. UCF head coach Todd Dagenais will also induct 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 UCF Volleyball Ring of Honor. Sunday's matinee will serve as “Senior Day” as Angelica Crump and Roxy Mendez will honored for their hard work and effort put into the UCF program.
On the court, the Black and Gold will look for some revenge against their Texas counterparts as they dropped both matches in Dallas and Houston earlier this season. First up for the Knights will be the Mustangs (19-9, 11-4) who come into the contest with a half-game lead on UCF for second place in The American. SMU has an explosive offense led by junior OH Caroline Young who leads the Mustangs and ranks sixth in the conference overall, averaging 3.33 kills per set while ranking second in the league with 34 aces.
After the tilt with the Mustangs, the Knights will take on Houston (17-13, 9-6) Sunday afternoon. The Cougars swept UCF in their first meeting, however, the match was much tighter than the score indicated as the Knights held late leads in both the first and second sets. Houston is led offensively by true freshman Sarita Mikals who has racked up 364 kills in 110 sets this season, 3.31 kills per set.
Last weekend, UCF earned a split in American play as it saw its five-match winning streak snapped by Louisville on Friday night. The Knights, however, bounced back and helped Coach Dagenais earn his 100th-career victory with an impressive five-set victory over Cincinnati.