It was a banner weekend for UCF Knights Volleyball, Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer, with all three squads scoring victories over power conference teams in non-conference play.
Volleyball Scores Clean Sweeps of South Carolina, Kansas and Albany
UCF Volleyball looked scary good opening their home schedule in the UCF Challenge, sweeping South Carolina, UAlbany and Kansas in their three matches.
It started with a 3-0 wipeout of South Carolina (picked 5th preseason in the SEC) Friday night that was closer than the score indicated, but McKenna Melville’s 21 kills were enough to stop the Gamecocks:
Then on Saturday the Knights took care of a pesky Albany team that’s picked to finish second in the America East Conference this year. Melville added 18 and Knights’ middles, Kathryn Wesolich and Nerissa Moravec, combined to hit .429 for the night:
Finally on Sunday, the Knights finished the weekend by disposing of Kansas, out-hitting the Jayhawks by an astounding .330-.134 margin. Melville struggled (only 5 kills), but in her stead, right sides Anne-Marie Watson and freshman Makenzie Chambers picked up the slack with 27 combined kills:
Melville wasn’t to be completely outdone, however, as one of those five kills was highlighted by the NCAA’s Volleyball Twitter account:
Head coach Todd Dagenais:
Proud of today's win over @KUVolleyball. I want fans to know that their Head Coach Ray Bechard is one of the coaches I look up to most in this sport. Always have since he has been there. Honor to share a court with him.— Todd Dagenais (@ucfvbtodd) September 9, 2019
Proud of our team this weekend. We grew and got better
NEXT UP: The Knights head to Illinois State for the Redbird Classic. They will face three tough road tests against #7 Marquette, #14 Illinois and Illinois State (picked 3rd in the MVC).
Women’s Soccer Blanks Gators in Gainesville
The UCF Women’s Soccer team wiped out the Florida Gators 2-0 on Sunday night in Gainesville, thanks to goals from freshman Ally Gudorf (3’) and sophomore Kristen Scott (86’, her second of the year):
It’s the second straight year UCF has shut out Florida, who had been in the receiving votes category in the latest United Soccer Coaches’ Poll. UCF beat Florida 3-0 last year, one day after having a 3-0 halftime lead wiped out because of a weather delay, forcing a replay of the game.
So that means UCF has out-scored UF 8-0 in their last 225 minutes of play against one another. Cue the shade:
NEXT UP: At home vs. Arizona State (Thursday, 6 p.m.) and Stetson (Sunday, 6 p.m.)
Men’s Soccer Scores Golden Goal Victory
#15 UCF Men’s Soccer picked up a draw and an OT win this week.
Friday night, UCF drew Big Ten opponent Penn State 2-2, despite two first-half goals by Cal Jennings. Penn State got an equalizer in the 58th minute and no one could push anything across through two overtimes:
On Sunday, UCF faced the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, who is actually good (#48 RPI last season, picked to finish 2nd in the WAC this season).
Again it went to OT tied at 2-2 (Jennings scored again at 3’), but UCF caught a break with a PK, and Yoni Sorokin ended it:
NEXT UP: vs. VCU - 7 p.m. Friday. VCU is the defending A-10 regular season champ, and were picked 1st in the league in preseason.