It was an eventful first full weekend of UCF Knights sports, with two teams scoring wins over power conference teams.
Volleyball Beats Ole Miss, Goes 2-1 to Start Season
In the rubber match of their weekend, UCF came back from down 2-0 to knock off Ole Miss in Oxford in five, 15-10 in the final frame.
The victory over the Rebels (2018 RPI #128) capped a weekend where UCF also beat Big 12 opponent Iowa State (2018 RPI #60) but fell in three to Rice (2018 RPI #30).
Anne-Marie Watson was named to the Rebel Invitational’s All-Tournament team after a 20-kill, 6-block performance Sunday. Transfer Makenzie Kuchmaner, in her first weekend as a Knight after transferring from NC State, posted 26 digs. McKenna Melville and Kristina Fisher also contributed with 13 kills each.
Todd Dagenais afterwards:
It took guts to come back down 2-0 ON THE ROAD and win that match against a great Ole Miss team. We are still trying to figure ourselves out.... and we will. Used many different combinations of players and match ups to pull this one out. Great job @UCF_Volleyball @UCFKnights— Todd Dagenais (@ucfvbtodd) September 1, 2019
NEXT UP: UCF opens their home schedule Friday with the UCF Challenge at The Venue. They face South Carolina (2018 RPI #32) Friday, followed by Albany (2018 RPI #195) Saturday and Kansas (2018 RPI #48) Sunday.
#15 Men’s Soccer Shocks #6 North Carolina
UCF scored two second half goals - one by Gianluca Arcangeli and the game-winner by Cal Jennings - to steal a 2-1 comeback victory over #6 North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The win gives the Knights a split over the weekend against national top-ten-ranked ACC teams.
Here are the highlights from UNC’s end (no UCF goals were shown):
The winning tally was Jennings’ first of the season after scoring 20 last year.
NEXT UP: The Knights are now 1-1 after a 2-1 loss at #4 Wake Forest on Friday night prior to this game. They face Penn State (2018 RPI #113) in the home opener next Friday night.
Women’s Soccer Draws George Mason
Despite an 18-7 shot advantage, UCF Women’s Soccer pulled a 2-2 draw with George Mason in Virginia Sunday.
Dayana Martin and Kristen Scott scored the Knights’ goals, the first of the season for both. Zandy Soree nearly won it for the Knights in the 87th minute but laced a shot off the crossbar.
UCF led 2-1 in the second half but the Patriots got an equalizer in the 65th minute. Neither team could tally anything in the two extra time periods.
The result is actually not the worst one for UCF, as George Mason was 38th in the RPI last season.
NEXT UP: The Knights (0-1-2) head to Gainesville next Sunday to face the Florida Gators.