We review all the action from this weekend in UCF Knights sports, and name the Knights of the Week in your latest Knight Cap:
No. 8 UCF Women Tennis Wins AAC Championship Over Tulsa
The No. 8 UCF women’s tennis team won the AAC Championship for the second straight full season, beating Tulsa 4-1 at the USTA National Campus.
The championship got moved indoors due to weather issues on Sunday morning. Evgeniya Levashova clinch the title winning her match in 3 sets. She would go on to win the tournament’s most outstanding player award.
OVERHEAD SMASHES FOR THE ‘SHIP!#ChargeOn ⚔️ #SomethingSpecial pic.twitter.com/wiD6fFJcJp— UCF Women's Tennis (@UCF_WTennis) April 25, 2021
This is the Knights’ second title in The American (2019, 2021) and the seventh in program history. It is the first time the Knights have won back-to-back titles since the team won four straight A-Sun titles from 1997-2000.
Got him! pic.twitter.com/mwag8KSgIT— UCF Women's Tennis (@UCF_WTennis) April 25, 2021
Up Next: NCAA Tournament
UCF Men Tennis Wins AAC Championship Over South Florida
Check out our recap here:
After three finals appearances in four years, @UCF_MTennis swept USF Saturday to win its first @American_Tenn Championship. #UCF https://t.co/Kbm6msEYV8— Black & Gold Banneret (@UCF_Banneret) April 25, 2021
No. 25 UCF Softball Sweeps Memphis
Swept the Tigers #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/u17d5NIqFe— UCF Softball (@UCF_Softball) April 25, 2021
UCF dominated Memphis, outscoring the Tigers 29-3 in the four game series.
The headliner of weekend was Friday’s 2nd game of the series, when Gianna Mancha threw the program’s 18th no-hitter and her first career no hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 8-0 win in six innings.
no hitter alert https://t.co/LeodeRnpuZ— Amanda Scarborough (@ascarborough) April 24, 2021
Mancha then carried another No-Hitter into the 7th inning of Sunday’s game before it broken up with a homer. Still Mancha and Alea White shut down the Tigers’ bats while the UCF offense took out its recent frustrations on Memphis pitching, as they hit eight homers in the series and set the school record for most homers in a season with 52 when Jada Cody hit a 2-run homer in Sunday’s game.
.@jada_cody99 HR is @UCF_Softball 52nd of season which sets new program record breaking record set in 2005. #UCF. Also @Denali_schap scored her 99th career run which passes Kacie Feaster and moves her into tie for 9th all-time at UCF with Hillary Barrow. https://t.co/0eyojHcPhq— Eric Lopez (@EricLopezELO) April 25, 2021
The Knights now stand at 34-12-1 and will head to Oxford next weekend for a series with Ole Miss, which could end up being another top-25 matchup for Knights.
UCF Baseball Splits with East Carolina
UCF Baseball got an important split with East Carolina. How important? UCF’s RPI improved from 137 to 88 as a result of the split against the Pirates. Bryson Turner has more on the split in series:
No. 9 East Carolina went into their four-game series against @UCF_Baseball with an 18-game home winning streak and an undefeated record in conference play.— Black & Gold Banneret (@UCF_Banneret) April 26, 2021
Not anymore. #UCF https://t.co/vQU94LDt2d
UCF Track & Field Wins Three Events Led by Rayniah Jones Record Day
PRs, event titles and a school record— UCF Track & Field/XC (@UCF_Track) April 24, 2021
We had ourselves a ! #ChargeOn https://t.co/FmKM2d9kL7
UCF picked up event titles in the 100 meter hurdles, discus, and triple jump at their home UCF Invite this past weekend.
Adrienne Adams started the day off with a throw of 153 feet, 4 inches to take the top spot in the discus. Jacquelyn Wagner and Nicole Whitaker also finished in the top six.
In the Triple Jump, Asherah Collins won with a jump of 41 feet, 7 3⁄4 inches. Teammate Kiara Lee finished second at 41 feet, 3 3⁄4 inches.
We think @CoachDanaB was pretty pleased with this weekend #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/FCynDY0PaX— UCF Track & Field/XC (@UCF_Track) April 24, 2021
But the story of the event was Rayniah Jones in the 100 meter hurdles.
i really broke the school record in one outdoor! ME? SO COOL!— rayni ⃣ (@RayniahJones) April 25, 2021
Jones smashed Jackie Coward’s overall school record with a 12.73, which is the second-fastest time in the nation. It was also a U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Time, and is a conference record.
Today Rayniah ran:— UCF Track & Field/XC (@UCF_Track) April 24, 2021
- a PR
- a school record
- the second-fastest 100H time in the country
- a US Olympic Team Qualifying Time
Just a casual Saturday for the rookie #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/90UEsBp0BP
UCF Women Golf Finish 4th In AAC Championships
Our three days at Pinehurst No. 6 come to a close! Now we wait an NCAA bid ⚔️https://t.co/HxHPJcfxDz— UCF Women's Golf (@UCF_WGolf) April 20, 2021
Pat Piddon finished tied for fourth overall, helping the Knights to a 4th place overall finish in the AAC Championships. Freshman Camille Banzet finished tied for 13th in her first conference tournament.
Top finish for Pat as the leaderboard at the @American_Conf Championships is final! #ChargeOn ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/mgPG9o0vDG— UCF Women's Golf (@UCF_WGolf) April 20, 2021
Tulsa won the tournament with a final-round score of 6-over to finish +24. Houston finished second and ECU landed third.
Up Next: UCF finds out their fate on the Selection Show Wedneday at 2 p.m. on the Golf Channel. UCF should get in with a current GolfStat ranking of 33.
UCF Men Golf Finishes 5th in AAC Championships
Clem posted a top 5️⃣ finish and we had 13 birdies and an to close out the AAC Championship. #ChargeOnhttps://t.co/v0EsNbkSiq— UCF Men's Golf (@UCF_MGolf) April 25, 2021
UCF’s Clement Charmasson finished tied for fifth after shooting under par in two of three rounds, finishing the AAC Championship at a season-best -5. The Knights finished 5th in the tournament. South Florida won the team event.
Knights of the Week
Rayniah Jones, Track and Field
100H F̶r̶e̶s̶h̶m̶a̶n̶— UCF Track & Field/XC (@UCF_Track) April 24, 2021
Rayniah won in 12.73!! #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/mhb013QhtI
Gianna Mancha, Softball
Gianna was absolutely disgusting this weekend— UCF Softball (@UCF_Softball) April 25, 2021
13 IP | 23 Ks | 2 H | 1 ER
Almost two no-hitters. Geez. #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/2FdBzO8KFS
Evgeniya Levashova, Tennis
Evgeniya Levashova got the clinching point in a three-set battle to give @UCF_WTennis its second straight #AmericanTennis Championship and earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. pic.twitter.com/la67bSWeSV— American Tennis (@American_Tenn) April 25, 2021
Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi, Tennis
Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi of @UCF_MTennis went 2-0 in singles matches, dropping only eight total games on his way to Most Outstanding Player honors at the #AmericanTennis Championship! pic.twitter.com/3wV7It1las— American Tennis (@American_Tenn) April 24, 2021