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Top 80 UCF Knights Female Athletes of All-Time: #80-71

Our countdown begins with softball, soccer, and volleyball legends

NCAA SOCCER: AUG 21 Women’s - Duke vs Central Florida
Carol Rodrigues
Photograph by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We begin our series of the Top 80 female UCF Knights athletes of all-time.

We picked at least one athlete from every UCF sport. If an athlete is in the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame, they are automatically on the list. Other criteria used to make the picks include the player’s impact on their respective sport and on the school, and their accomplishments after their career at UCF.

#80 - Kaye-Alese Green (Volleyball)

Green was a 2014 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention and 2014 AVCA All-Region First-Teamer. She made the 2014 American Athletic Conference First Team and was a key part of UCF’s 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship squad.

#79 - Monica Matias (Tennis)

Monica Matias played Tennis at UCF from 2014-2018
UCF Athletics

Matias is the all-time leader in singles wins at UCF with 93 career victories, and has the most combined wins in singles and doubles with 175. She was an All-AAC performer in 2017 and 2018. Matias also holds the UCF record for most wins in a single season with 24 in the 2014-2015 season.

Matias helped the Knights get back to the NCAA Tournament in 2018, which was the first time UCF had been to the tournament since 2002.

T-#78 - Rachel Vukson (Volleyball)

Vukson made a significant impact to UCF Volleyball during her two seasons after transferring from Tulsa in 2010. She made AVCA Honorable Mention All-America 2011 and was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team.

Vukson started at the setter position in every match and set for the Knights in 2011, recording the best season for a UCF setter since 2003 with 1,377 assists, ranking her eighth all-time. Vukson finished first in the conference and fifth in the nation in assists per set (11.97) in 2011.

T-#78 - Meredith Murphy (Volleyball)

Murphy ranks second all-time in career digs (1,999), career digs per set (4.31), single season digs per set (4.48) , 5th all-time in sets played (465). Murphy has program record for most digs in a single match (42).

#77 - Cici Alvarez (Softball)

Cici Alvarez #8 played at UCF from 2004-2007
UCF Athletics

Alvarez holds UCF’s career record in sacrifice hits (98), ranks 3rd all-time in stolen bases (79) and games played (259), 5th in runs scored (132), and 7th in hits (207). She was named to the All-Atlantic Sun First Team ( 2004), the A-Sun All-Freshman Team (2004). In 2007, Alvarez was named to the Conference USA Championship All-Tournament Team, and led the NCAA in sacrafice hits with 32 on the year, becoming the first Knight to lead the NCAA in a category. The 32 sacrafices is still a school record. Alvarez was part of the 2005 A-Sun Championship as a player and 2008 C-USA Championship as a volunteer coach.

#76 - Evija Vilde (Volleyball)

Evija Vilde played at UCF from 2009-2012
Evija Vilde

A native of Riga, Latvia, Vilde ranks 9th all-time at UCF in kills with 1,203, and was a 2nd team All-C-USA performer in 2011.

#75 - Linda Gancitano ( Soccer)

Linda Gancitano was part of UCF’s 1982 National Championship runner up team.
University of Miami

Gancitano played defense while at UCF from 1981-1985 and was part of UCF’s 1982 NCAA Championship runner-up team. She was named the Defensive MVP of the first-ever NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament in 1982.

She was also named to the NSCAA All-American reserve and NSCAA All-Southeast Region teams in 1981, and was chosen as one of the team’s most valuable players that year. She also won the Coaches’ Award in 1984.

She then played for the U.S. Women’s National Team, making her international debut in the squad’s inaugural match on August 18, 1985 against Italy. She earned her second and final cap on August 24, 1985 against Denmark.

Gancitano’s career was cut short after tearing the ACL in her left knee in 1986. But she made a huge impact after that as a teacher and coach in Broward County, and was honored in 2015 by President Barack Obama for her work in education.

T-#74- 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

Fisher was a 2-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 1,067 kills in her three seasons (2017-2019).

T-#74 - Anne-Marie Watson (Volleyball)

Watson is a two time All-AAC conference performer (1st Team in 2019, 2nd Team In 2018). In 2019, Watson recorded 161 blocks, setting the UCF record for most blocks assists in one season, shaterring the record that was set by Emily Bridson (142) in 1993. Watson is part of UCF’s two AAC Championship teams (2018-2019) and NCAA Tournament teams (2018-2019).

In 2019, Watson finished 12th in the NCAA in Total Blocks and 29th in Blocks per set (1.32) which ranks 3rd best in program history.

In 2018, Watson recorded 127 total blocks, good for 10th in program history. Watson’s 118 block assists were the fifth most in a single season in program history.

Watson has accumulated 395 blocks in her first three seasons in the Black and Gold which already ranks her in the top five in program history, which is amazing for an outside hitter.

#73 - Connie Organ (Soccer)

Connie Organ (2012-2014) was the American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and an All-AAC First Team honoree in 2014 after recording the second-most single-season shutouts in UCF history with 12 that year.

Organ was part of the Knights’ back-to-back American regular season championships (2013-2014) and made 12 saves during UCF’s postseason run to the Sweet 16 in 2014.

In her most remarkable performance, Organ subbed in the American Championship match vs. Rutgers and came up with two huge saves to clinch the inaugural AAC Championship. Her career goal against average of 0.53 is still the best in program history.

#72- Rebeka Stolmar (Tennis)

Stolmar was a two-time All-AAC conference performer and was named an ITA Doubles All-American along with her partner Marie Mattel in 2020 - UCF’s first All-Americans in program history. Stolmar was also the team captain this past season, and won more than 20 singles matches in each of UCF’s back-to-back NCAA Tournament seasons in 2018 and 2019.

She has a total of 109 wins across singles and doubles combined, just 36 wins behind Natalia Serrano for 2nd place in program history, and was ranked 32nd in singles rankings on Feb 5, 2020. That’s the 3rd-highest ranking any Knight has ever achieved.

In doubles, Stolmar and Mattel have 32 wins as a team, which is the most ever by any UCF doubles team. They hold the record for the highest ranking by any Knights doubles team, as they were ranked 3rd on November 3, 2019.

#71 - Carol Rodrigues (Soccer)

NCAA SOCCER: AUG 21 Women’s - Duke vs Central Florida
Carol Rodrigues playing against Duke in 2016. Rodrigues played at UCF from 2015-2016.
Photograph by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Rodrigues was the AAC Offensive Player of Year in 2015 and was a First Team All-AAC Conference performer in both of her seasons at UCF (2015-2016). She scored 23 goals in her two seasons for the Knights, including this memorable bicycle kick goal vs. Tulsa in 2015, which landed her on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10: