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Top 100 Greatest UCF Female Athletes : #90-81

With UCF Move to The Big 12, We Honor the top Female Athletes in UCF history

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A lot has changed since the world emerged from the COVID-19 lockdowns, which was the last time we ranked the Top 100 Female Athletes in UCF history.

In just three years, many legends cemented their status in her final few seasons, while others were born, and for a few athletes, their stories have been rediscovered.

With UCF getting ready for its first year as a member of the Big 12, it’s once again time to count down the Top 100 female UCF Knights athletes of all time.

Criteria used to create this list include:

  • A player’s impact on their respective sport and on the school
  • Accomplishments they had after their UCF career
  • Accolades they have received. For example, if an athlete has been inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame, they are automatically on the list.

We made sure to include at least one athlete from every UCF sport.

Now, let’s continue the countdown:

#90 - Chelsie Wiley (Basketball)

A South Florida native, Chelsie Wiley was a two-time All-CUSA selection (3rd team in ‘09, 2nd team in ‘11) and was selected to the CUSA All-Tournament team twice (2009 and 2011).

Wiley ranks 5th all-time at UCF in points scored (1,531), 4th all-time in three-pointers made (134) and 3rd all-time in 3-point percentage (.363). She also ranks 5th in program history in most successful free throws (311).

During her career, spanning 2007-2011, UCF was a two-time CUSA Champion (2009, 2011) and made two NCAA Tournament appearances.

#89 - Leslie Suder (Women’s Soccer)

The year the UCF Women’s Soccer team made its Final Four run in 1987, three Knights were selected to the All-Southeast Region team: junior Michelle Akers, senior Amy Allman, and a freshman midfielder named Leslie Suder.

Suder would get selected to the All-Southeast Region team two more times in her career in 1989 and 1990. She ranks 8th in program history with 31 career goals and 3rd in program history with 12 game-winning goals.

She finished her UCF career with a bang in 1990, making 15 goals (T-5th in program history), six of them game-winning (T-2nd in program history) and 35 points (T-9th in program history). She was also voted co-MVP alongside Karen Richter.

T-#88 - Ashleigh Cole (Softball)

Ashleigh Cole played at UCF from 2007-2010
Ashleigh Paschal

Ashleigh Cole was part of two NCAA Tournament teams (2008, 2010) and a CUSA Championship team in 2008. She was a CUSA First Teamer and 2nd team All-Region performer in 2010, leading UCF to the CUSA Championship Game.

Cole ranks 6th all-time at UCF in career ERA (2.01), 8th in shutouts (12), and 5th in wins (62), innings pitched (702.2) and strikeouts (438).

T-#88 - Dottie Cupp (Softball)

Dottie Cupp played softball at UCF from 2002-2003
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Dottie Cupp helped start the UCF Softball program off on a great foot, as she was the ace pitcher for the first two seasons of the program. She was a two-time First Team All-ASUN Conference selection in 2002 and 2003 and was named All-Region in 2002.

Despite the two decades that have passed since her last game, she still holds the 2nd-lowest career ERA in program history (1.49). She also ranks 5th in program history in shutouts (20), 6th in strikeouts (403) and lowest batting average against (.200) and 7th in program history in career wins (44) and complete games (49).

She was also an impressive two-way player, given her 15 doubles and 30 walks from her 2003 season still remaining in the single-season Top 10 in program history.

T-#87 - Konya Plummer (Soccer)

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Plummer played two seasons for UCF after coming over from Southeastern University in Lakeland. After playing in just ten games in 2018, she saw plenty of action for Jamaica’s National Team, also known as the “The Reggae Girlz,” leading them to their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance in 2019.

She then played in every match for the Knights in 2019 en route to first-team all-conference honors, being named AAC Defensive Player of the Year, and an All-South Region team selection.

Plummer was selected by the Orlando Pride with the first pick of the second round in the 2019 NWSL Draft.

Plummer took time away from soccer to give birth to her first child in 2022. She will be back with the Reggae Girlz as they compete in their second FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

T-#87 - Kathellen Sousa (Soccer)

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In her one year at UCF in 2017, Sousa was the United Soccer Coaches Association All-Southeast Region First Team and the American Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Sousa competed for the Brazilian national team in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and she will be with the team once again for the 2023 World Cup.

#86 - Kristina Fisher (Volleyball)

Makenzie Kuchmaner (29) and Kristina Fisher (15)
Kristina Fisher was a 2-time All-AAC 1st Team performer and part of 2 AAC Championships (2018-2019) Derek Warden
Derek Warden

Fisher was a two-time 1st Team All-AAC performer (2018-2019) and was part of UCF’s two American Conference Championship teams (2018-2019) and NCAA Tournament teams (2018-2019). Fisher finished with 1,077 kills in her three seasons (2017-2019).

#85 - Nicolette Radovcic (Soccer)

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Leading the way for the Women’s Soccer team in goals during its 2011 Elite Eight season was one Nicolette Radovcic. Additionally, during her career, spanning 2009-2012, the Knights were CUSA regular-season champions twice (2009-2010) and won the CUSA Tournament in 2012 with Radovcic as the Tournament’s Offensive MVP.

She is one of three Knights who share the program record for most games played in a UCF uniform at 94 games. She is also tied for 9th in program history with 30 career goals and tied for 5th in program history with 10 game-winning goals.

She was named to the CUSA All-Freshman team in 2009, the All-CUSA First Team in 2012, and the All-Central Region team twice (2011 and 2012).

After her UCF career, Radovcic was drafted in the very first NWSL college draft in January 2013 with the 8th pick in the 2nd round (16th overall) by the Portland Thorns.

#84 - Jennifer Manis (Soccer)

Jennifer Manis played soccer at UCF from 2005-2007
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While Jennifer Manis only spent three seasons with the Knights (2005-2007), a monster senior campaign catapulted her into the program’s record books.

Manis was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, All-CUSA First Team, and Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region Second Team in 2007 as she led UCF to the CUSA Championship and a trip to 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. Her 126 saves that season account for over half her career total and is the 2nd-most saves in a single season in program history and her 10 shutouts tie for the 6th-most in program history.

For her career, Manis ranks tied for 6th all-time in career saves (208) and 7th in goals-against average (1.02). She was also named All-Southeast Region and Second Team All-CUSA in 2006.

T-#83 - Rebeka Stolmar (Tennis)

Stolmar was a three-time All-AAC conference performer and was named an ITA Doubles All-American along with her partner Marie Mattel in 2020, becoming the first All-Americans in program history.

Stolmar helped the Knights get to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Sweet 16 appearances in 2019 and 2021. She was also selected for the NCAA Singles Championship in 2021.

As a singles player, Stolmar was ranked as high as 28th in the nation and recorded 68 career victories, which is tied for the 10th most in program history. Her 22 singles victories in her 2018-19 season sit tied for the 6th-most in a single season in program history.

As a doubles player, Stolmar and Mattel were ranked as highly as 3rd in the nation and amassed 35 victories together, the 2nd-most by a doubles pairing in program history. Their 13-match winning streak in 2019-20 remains the longest by a doubles pair in program history.

Stolmar’s 64 career victories in doubles play sit 5th in program history and her 23 doubles victories in her 2018-19 season still stand as the 2nd-most in a single season in program history.

Combining singles and doubles play, Stolmar went 132-52 as a Knight, the 2nd-best in program history while her 132 combined victories are the 5th-most in program history.

T-#83 - Marie Mattel (Tennis)

As mentioned earlier, Mattel and Stolmar were both ITA Doubles All-Americans in 2020, ranked as high as 3rd in the nation and amassed 35 victories together, the 2nd-most by a doubles pairing in program history. Their 13-match winning streak in 2019-20 remains the longest by a doubles pair in program history. Mattel was also a part of both the 2019 and 2021 teams that advanced to the Sweet 16, but she made NCAA Tournament appearances with the Knights in 2022 and 2023 as well.

Mattel was selected to the AAC’s All-Freshman team in 2019 and All-Conference team in 2022 and unanimously in 2023.

As a singles player, Mattel was selected for the NCAA Singles Championship twice in 2022 and 2023. She ranked as high as 30th in the nation, becoming just the 3rd player in program history to rank in the Top 30. Her 74 career singles victories rank tied for the 5th-most in program history and her eight-match winning streak in 2019 ranks as the 4th-longest in program history.

As a doubles player, Mattel amassed 75 career wins which are the 2nd-most in program history. Her 22 doubles victories in 2018-19 rank as the 3rd-most in a single season in program history. She also has a six-match winning streak with Evgeniya Levashova in 2022 that ranks as the 3rd-longest by a doubles-pair in program history, which means Mattel is part of two of the three longest doubles-pair winning streaks in program history.

Combined, Mattel’s 150 wins between singles and doubles are the 2nd-most in program history.

T-#82 - Mary Varas (Soccer)

A member of the inaugural UCF Women’s Soccer team, Mary Varas played from 1981-1984 helping the Knights reach the first-ever NCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship game in 1982 against North Carolina.

Despite a 2-0 loss to the Tar Heels, Varas was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Varas was named an All-American in 1983 and was voted team MVP (or co-MVP) in three straight seasons (1981-1983).

T-#82 - Jean Varas (Soccer)

Just like her older sister, Jean Varas also got to participate in a deep NCAA Tournament run as part of UCF’s 1987 Women’s College Cup Final Four team.

She was named an All-American that season alongside Michelle Akers and Amy Allman. Varas’ 29 career goals put her in a tie for 12th in program history.

Varas was also part of UCF’s NCAA Tournament team in 1984 which reached the quarterfinals. Both Varas sisters were featured in the “Faces in the Crowd” of the Nov. 5, 1984 edition of Sports Illustrated and were inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame in February 2022.

Nowadays, Varas is the First Touch & Development Site Coordinator for the Florida Kraze Krush Soccer Club.

#81 - Zykira Lewis (Women’s Basketball)

Zykira Lewis is the all-time leader in 3 pointers made with 271 UCF Athletics
UCF Athletics

Zykira Lewis may have been to only one postseason during her career, spanning 2013-2017, but she left her mark on the UCF record books.

Her 1,883 career points rank 2nd in program history and 257 career steals rank 4th in program history. She was also the program’s all-time best perimeter shooter, draining 271 shots from three, the most in program history by 58 shots. Those three-pointers made up 39% of Lewis’ 694 total field goals made in her career, which is the second-most in program history.

Consequently, she had the 6th-best career scoring average in program history at 15.4 points.

While Lewis had a higher-scoring 2014-15 season, her 2016-17 combined the following to help get the Knights to the WNIT in Coach Abe’s debut season:

  • 9th-most points scored in a single season (527)
  • 3rd-most steals in a single season (101)
  • 3rd-most 3-pointers made in a single season (80)

She made 3rd Team All-AAC in 2017, adding to a 2nd team selection in 2015 and an All-Freshman team selection in 2014.