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Top 100 Greatest UCF Female Athletes: #80-71

The Top 100 Rankings Continues With Players Who Created Incredible Moments at UCF

Samantha McCloskey played at UCF from 2013-2016. (Photo courtesy of Samantha McCloskey)
Samantha McCloskey played at UCF from 2013-2016. (Photo courtesy of Samantha McCloskey)

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:

#80 - Jale Hervey (Volleyball)

Jale Hervey transferred from MTSU and became a three-time First Team All-AAC member (2014, 2015, 2016) and a two-time All-Region performer during her three seasons at UCF.

Hervey is fourth all-time in kills per set (3.93) and eighth all-time in kills (1,317), despite only playing three seasons. She is also part of the exclusive 1,000-kill club at UCF. She was part of the Knights’ AAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014.

#79 - Alyssa O’Brien (Soccer)

Alyssa O’Brien is UCF’s all-time leader in saves (424) and is 2nd in shutouts (30). O’Brien was a four-time First-Team All-ASUN selection (1995-1998) to go along with an All-Region performer in 1998. O’Brien help lead UCF to three TAAC/ASUN Conference championships (1995-1996,1998) and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998.

#78 - Leyre Santaella Sante (Volleyball)

Leyre Santaella Sante played at UCF from 2000-2002
UCF Athletics

Leyra Santaella Sante was the ASUN Player of the Year and an All-Region Honorable Mention in 2002. She made the All-ASUN First Team twice (2001-2002) and made All-ASUN Second Team in 2000. Sante was also the ASUN Tournament MVP in 2001 and 2002, helping UCF win back-to-back ASUN Championships and trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Sante ranks 6th all-time in kills with 1,497, 3rd in kills per set (4.52), and is tied for 5th in aces (149). She currently lives and works in her native Puerto Rico.

#77 - Lindsay Enders (Softball)

Lindsay Enders led UCF Softball to 1st ever Conference championship (05-ASUN) & trip to NCAA Tournament. UCF Athletics
UCF Athletics

Lindsay Enders played two seasons at UCF from 2004-2005 as a star pitcher and hitter. She won 46 games (sixth in UCF history) and was an All-Conference First-Team and All-Region selection in 2005, following up her Second-Team All-ASUN selection in 2004. Enders was also named ASUN Tournament MVP in 2005, as she pitched almost every inning in the tournament, including the Knights’ doubleheader win over Troy on Championship Day to give UCF its first Conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth in program history.

She ranks fifth in program history in career complete games (60), fourth in ERA (1.74), sixth in shutouts (15) and eighth in strikeouts (320).

#76 - Tanya Jarvis-Starrett (Volleyball)

Tanya Jarvis was a four-year starter for the Knights and was part of the program’s three consecutive ASUN championships and NCAA tournament appearances from 2001-03. She was a second-team All-ASUN performer in 2003 and an ASUN All-Freshman selection in 2001.

Jarvis played at UCF from 2001-2004 finishing with 1,049 kills, 891 digs and 112 service aces. Jarvis also ranks eighth all-time in aces per set (0.31). Jarvis was part of UCF’s three ASUN Championships & NCAA Tournament appearances (2001-2003).

Tanya Jarvis-Starrett has won 4 state Volleyball Championships as Head Coach at Bishop Moore High School
Tanya Starrett

Jarvis has become one of the most decorated high school volleyball coaches in the state as Jarvis-Starrett has been Head Coach at Bishop Moore since 2008, winning four state titles (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), along with two state runner-ups (2011 and 2017), an additional Final Four appearance (2010) and a national #1 ranking with an overall record of 292-68. Jarvis-Starrett was also the Director at the Orlando Tampa Volleyball Academy from 2015-2022.

#75 - Allison Blagriff Goff (Soccer)

During Allison Blagriff’s UCF career, spanning 2001-2004, she became one of the first three Knights in program history to appear in the NCAA Tournament four times as a player.

Along the way, the midfielder was named to the All-ASUN Freshman Team in 2001, All-ASUN Second Team in 2002, and All-ASUN First Team in 2003 and 2004. She is one of only two players to ever win ASUN Tournament MVP twice (2002-2003). She was also named to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region team twice (2002 and 2004).

During her UCF career, Blagriff and the Knights were ASUN regular-season and Tournament champions three times (2001-2003). She would eventually be selected to the ASUN All-Decade Team for 2000-2009.

After UCF, the now Allison Goff has been working within the Harris Corporation (later L3Harris Technologies) since 2007 and is now their Director of Finance for the F-35 Avionics Division. She also got into coaching soccer at the youth level, receiving the United States Youth Soccer Girls Recreation Coach of the Year in 2017 and is now serving as the president of Space Coast United, a youth soccer club in Melbourne.

#74- Samantha McCloskey (Softball)

Samantha McCloskey hit walk off Game winning HR in Bottom of 7th of the 2015 AAC Championship game vs Tulsa Samantha McCloskey
Samantha McCloskey

McCloskey was First-Team All-AAC in 2016 and was All-AAC Tournament three straight years (2014-2016).

She’s best known for winning Most Outstanding Player in the 2015 AAC Championship when she hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of 7th to win the championship.

She ranks tied for fifth in program history in career home runs (23), ninth in career slugging percentage (.463) and ninth in walks (81).

McCloskey had a brief run in NPF, playing with the Chicago Bandits following her career at UCF. She has been an intensive care nurse since April 2020.

#73 - Saga Fredriksson (Soccer)

Saga Fredriksson was part of UCF’s AAC regular season championship in 2014 and 2017 UCF Athletics
UCF Athletics

A native of Sweden, Fredriksson was part of UCF’s two AAC regular season championship and NCAA Tournament teams in 2014 and 2017, highlighted by their Sweet 16 run in 2014. She was also on the 2015 Knights team that made the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She was an All-Region selection and the American Athletic Conference’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and team captain on the Knights’ 2017 team that was a national seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Fredriksson is currently playing for Swedish club Malmö FF, where she has been since 2020. Since her arrival, the club has been promoted in three consecutive seasons.

T-#72 - Stephanie Connelly (Golf)

Stephanie Connelly played at UCF From 07-09
Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth

Connelly was a three-time All-CUSA selection during her career at UCF. She qualified as an individual for the 2009 NCAA East Regional, finishing second overall, and advancing as an individual to the NCAA Championship event where she posted an 11th-place showing. Connelly began her collegiate career earning All-Big 10 accolades during her freshman season at Ohio State.

Nowadays, the now-Connelly-Eiswerth is a teaching professional at San Jose Country Club in Jacksonville. Through this position, she has qualified for six major championships, the most recent of which was the 2023 Women’s PGA Championship.

T-#72 - Carolin Pinegger (Golf)

Carolin Pinneger participated in Golf Channel’s “Big Break : Myrtle Beach” in 2014 Cy Cyr/Golf Channel
Cy Cyr/Golf Channel

Originally from Austria, Carolin Pinegger was an All C-USA performer all four seasons she played at UCF, from 2010-2013. She was part of two NCAA Tournament teams (2012 and 2013) and in her first season, she helped the Knights win a tournament for the first time in a season since 2002.

Pinegger played professionally on the Symetra Tour and was a contestant for Golf Channel’s “Big Break: Myrtle Beach” in 2014.

T-#71 - Tiffany Lane (Softball)

A California native, Lane holds the school and CUSA record for most triples in a career with 23. She was All-Conference USA first team twice (2009, 2010) and 2011 All-Conference USA Second Team (2011).

Lane was the CUSA Tournament MVP in 2008 when she hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 6th off Houston’s All-American Angel Shamblin to preserve the Knights’ 4-2 win in the C-USA Championship.

Lane scored 60 runs in 2008 which tied UCF Athletic Hall of Famer Stephanie Best’s 2005 record for most runs scored in a single season. Lane also held the top three spots on the program’s single-season triples list until Chloe Evans tied her eight-triple 2009 season in 2023.

For her career, she holds the program record in triples (23) and ranks tied for fifth all-time in batting average (.322), fifth in on-base percentage (.403), fourth in runs scored (145), seventh in hits (216), tied for fifth in total bases (300), and 7th in steals (58). She also played with the Mexican National team back in the World Cup in 2015.

Tiffany Lane played for Team Mexico

Nowadays, she is a softball instructor in Iowa.

T-#71 - Jasmine Williams (Softball)

Bryson Turner

Two Words: Mom. Bombs.

Williams’ arrival at UCF not only drew headlines from her accomplishments at her previous school, Oregon, but she also juggled the responsibilities of being both a student-athlete and a mother.

She put up a historic defensive year as she was selected Second-Team All-AAC, setting the program record for any shortstop by being involved in turning 19 double plays. Williams’ fielding percentage of .958 is the second-best ever for a shortstop behind only Brittany Solis’s .977 in 2017. Williams’s nine errors are the fourth-fewest ever for a shortstop behind only Erin Emanuel (7 in 2019, 8 in 2018) and Solis (4 in 2017).

However, her standout moment of the season came in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, where she marked Mother’s Day weekend by turning several key double plays defensively and going 4-7 at the plate, hitting two home runs, a double, five RBIs and three runs.